Family Sunset Safari: Good Night Zoo

The day is ending and it is time for many Zoo animals to get ready for bed and for others to start waking up! Join us as we say “good night” to some daytime animals and “good morning” to those starting their night shift during up-close encounters, and hiking the Zoo.

Registration Opens March 5th

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Date: April 16, April 17, May 8, May 28, June 11, June 26
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $35 member/$40 non-member

Note: For families with children 5 years old and up. At least one adult must register with and accompany each family group.

The maximum number of attendees is 40. Attendees will be grouped into 10 or fewer and paired with an instructor.


Adult Sunset Safari – The African Sundowner

Join us for a traditional African Safari Sundowner or safari happy hour. The cocktails and dinner are just the beginning! After the Zoo closes, we will have a private adventure filled with up-close animal ambassador encounters, exclusive, small group tours throughout the Zoo, and special animal experiences.

Registration Opens March 5th

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Date: April 24, April 30, May 7, May 22, June 4, June 19

Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Cost: $140 member/$150 non-member

Attendees will enjoy a casual build-your-own taco buffet dinner and two drinks while overlooking our Giraffe Ridge. Dinner includes vegetarian options. Please contact [email protected] if you have specific food limitations.

The maximum number of attendees is 40. Attendees will be grouped into 10 or fewer and paired with an instructor.

NEW! Private Cart Tours

Coming Soon!

Imagine spending an evening at the Zoo on your own private tour! These 1.5 hour, choose-your-own-adventure-styled programs begin with a private animal encounter around the campfire before heading out with a Zoo Educator for your own, guided, after-hours Tour! Guests are transported between destinations of their choosing in a golf cart that can accommodate groups of up to 6 participants.

This program is open to groups with ages 12+. Children under 18 must be accompanied with an adult.

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Do you want to learn more about Zoo History? Or perhaps our incredible sustainability program? Maybe you want to be inspired by in-situ conservation and how our Zoo is helping all around the world. Whatever it is, your Tour Guide will take your group on a dynamic, personalized experience around the Zoo! Perfect for those looking for an insider view, special celebrations, and more!

This unique offering is not a behind-the-scenes tour. All areas of the Zoo may not be visited.


Date/Time: Thursdays – Saturdays, starting at either 4:30pm or 5:30pm

Cost: $600 per program

Payment: Credit card, check, purchase order; due within two weeks of registering.

Duration: 90 minutes

Group Capacity: 6 person group

Audience: This experience is meant for ages 12+. All groups must include an adult.

Mobility: For those with mobility concerns, cart tours may be the ideal way to learn about our Zoo! Please note there may be times when your party will need to move on/off the cart and walk a short distance.


Note:  Submitting this request does not guarantee that the date and time you have requested will be fulfilled. A member of the Education Department will be in contact with you in 2-5 days of your request to confirm your date and time or to suggest another date and time. Once you have booked an experience, you have secured your exclusive reservation. If you do not attend on your scheduled date or cancel within 48 hours of your tour date, no refunds will be issued.

COVID-19 Protocol FAQ

What will be required to attend a program?

Prior to entering the building, a Zoo employee will conduct a temperature check using a touchless thermometer, on all attendees.
All attendees will be required to wear masks at all times, except while eating or drinking.
Zoo employees are required to wear masks at all times.

Are there any exceptions to wearing masks ?

Any participant must wear a mask. Due to the nature of the Sunset Safari experience, it is our priority to keep all attendees, animals and staff safe. Live animal encounters allow attendees to be up close and personal with a variety of animals, including mammals that may be susceptible to the disease.

Will I be grouped with other attendees?

Yes, Education Instructors will lead groups of 10 on hikes and for live animal encounters. You and your registration group may be placed with other attendees.

Will Zoo Educators be wearing masks during class?

Zoo staff are required to wear a mask at all times. Educators may take their masks off to drink water but will stay distanced during these moments.

What is your cleaning protocol?

The Cincinnati Zoo staff will be cleaning shared spaces (like bathrooms) with approved COVID-19 cleaning supplies following CDC guidelines. Staff will take attendees to private bathrooms for hand washing throughout the program and/or utilizing hand sanitizer.

Will groups be socially distanced?

It is not currently a guideline for attendees to maintain 6’ distance within their group for an entire program. All  groups will remain a safe distance apart at all times, and shared spaces will be disinfected between use.

Attendees will be using private restrooms not accessible to the general public.

Will I be around members of the public?

The Zoo closes at 5pm and will not be open. There may be times when another event is happening around the Zoo in which instructors will do their best to maintain a safe distance.

Will time be spend time indoors?

Programs will have a variety of indoor and outdoor experiences. However, your group will spend the majority of the program outdoors for activities, hikes, and games.

CALL OR EMAIL: 513-559-7767 OR [email protected]

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