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NEW! VIPenguin Experience

king penguinThe ideal experience for the penguin lover who has it all! Join our knowledgeable penguin keepers in the Wings of Wonder bird house and get to know their handsomely feathered friends.

The fun begins in the kitchen. Assist our keepers as they prepare a meal for the Magellanic, rock hopper and king penguins and then enjoy the opportunity to hand-feed the different penguin species while the birds are on exhibit.

Following meal time, venture to our exclusive VIPenguin Room and marvel as a talented penguin artist creates a one-of-a-kind canvas art piece for you to take home and enjoy.

VIPenguin Details

Cost: $500 for 2 guests: $1000 for up to 5 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Restrictions:

Children ages 10 and up are permitted with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

You must wear closed toed shoes! Rubber boots or other waterproof shoes are encouraged.

All participants must present a signed liability waiver.

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation. Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with a member of our Aviculture team…VIPenguin

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 Endangered Excursion in Wildlife Canyon  (Available March-October)

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Go behind-the-scenes of Wildlife Canyon for this thrilling opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the rarest animals in the world.  Nuzzle noses with our charismatic Bactrian camels before watching our talented red pandas create a one-of-a-kind canvas painting for you to take home and enjoy.

The Endangered Excursion culminates with an up close and personal visit with the revered and elusive Sumatran rhinoceros.  With less than 100 still known to exist, the Sumatran rhino is one of the world’s most critically endangered large mammals.  The Cincinnati Zoo is home to the only Sumatran rhino living on our continent and we are proud to be a part of the movement to save this remarkable species.

Join us for a truly memorable experience!

Endangered Excursion Details

Cost:  $500 for 2 guests; $1,000 for up to 5 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Restrictions:  Children ages 10 and up are permitted with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation.  Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with a member of our Wildlife Canyon team…Endangered Excursion Details (PDF)

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Gentle Giants:  Private Giraffe Encounter  (Available March-October)

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Stroll behind the scenes of the Giraffe Barn and stand toe to toe with the Zoo’s tallest residents – the Maasai Giraffe!  Marvel at their long eyelashes and even longer purple tongue as they grasp their favorite rye biscuits and leaves from your waiting hand.  Skilled keepers will be on hand to educate you about giraffe behavior, diet and husbandry practices.  Don’t miss this mesmerizing experience! ADA Accessible

Gentle Giants Experience Details

Cost:  $250 for 2 people; $500 for up to 5 people

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 minutes

Restrictions:  Children must be over the age of 5 with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

You must wear closed toe shoes.  No drawstrings or loose shoe strings will be permitted.

Note:  This experience includes a gradual incline path that guests must be able to travel.

Being a zookeeper take careful preparation.  Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with a member of our animal care team…Gentle Giants Details (PDF)

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Wild & Wonderful Wallabies   (Available March-October)

Wallaby Encounter Experience Details

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Snuggle up and enjoy quality, hands-on time with our wallabies while learning about the TLC given to them every day by their loyal Keepers. Be sure to sit down and relax – you may end up with a wallaby in your lap!

Both the larger Bennett’s wallaby and smaller Parma wallaby species are included in this unique and memorable experience. ADA Accessible

Wild & Wonderful Wallabies Details

Cost: $250 for 2 people: $500 for up to 5 people

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 minutes

Restrictions: Children must be over the age of 4 with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 13 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

You must wear closed toe shoes. No drawstrings or loose shoe strings will be permitted.

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation. Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with a member of our animal care team… Wild & Wonderful Wallabies Details (PDF)

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Junior Zookeeper Experience   (Available April – October)

You’ve seen the adorable Zoo Babies playing in the nursery and marveled at our mini pigs, donkeys and alpacas as they follow their trusty Keepers around the park. Now it’s your turn to hold the reins! This new and exciting Junior Zookeeper experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the animal-loving child – or adult!

Head over to the Spaulding Children’s Zoo and enjoy one-on-one time with our wallabies while learning from the Keepers who care for them each day.

Following your wallaby play date, choose from two of three exciting interaction options that will teach you all about what it takes to be a real zoo keeper. ADA Accessible Experience.

Junior Zookeeper Interaction Options

Donkey Day Spa– Pamper our sweet miniature donkeys with a luxurious grooming session and learn from their Keeper about the importance of daily maintenance including proper hair, foot and health maintenance techniques.

Alpaca Adventure – Ever wished YOU could be the one leading that pretty alpaca around the park? Here’s your chance! Learn from a Keeper how to properly feed and harness a friendly alpaca before taking a stroll around the Zoo. *Alpacas will be double led by a Keeper for safety.*

Marvelous Mini-Pigs  - Have a seat inside the Children’s Zoo barn and enjoy some hands-on time with our three, charismatic miniature pigs – Thatcher, Cinder and Magnolia. Watch our mini-pigs GO as you lead them through a miniature hurdle course while learning all about the special training and operant conditioning methods that our Keepers use to keep their animals in tip top shape.

Junior Zookeeper Experience Details

Cost: $500 for 2 guests, $1000 for up to 5 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Restrictions:

Children ages 4 and above are permitted with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 13 are permitted to tour solo with written permission of an adult or guardian.

You must wear closed toe shoes! No loose shoestrings or drawstrings will be permitted.

Signed Liability Waiver

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation. Here are some things you will need to know to be prepared to work side by side with a member of our Children’s Zoo team… Junior Zookeeper Experience Details(pdf)

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Elephant Extravaganza  (Available Year-Round!)

Have you ever dreamed of meeting an elephant up close and personal? Come and enjoy this jaw-dropping experience! The Elephant Extravaganza includes a tour of our historic Elephant House and the opportunity to meet our 3 Asian elephant cows (Jati, My-Thai, and Schottzie) along with Sabu, our bull (male).  Following your stroll around the building, watch My-Thai paint a custom masterpiece, featuring the colors of your choice, for you to take home and enjoy.

Leave the paint to dry as you help our elephant staff give My-Thai a bubble bath while learning about her daily care routines.

Proceeds from your behind-the-scenes experience will fund conservation work in the field and help protect elephants in the wild. ADA Accessible Experience.

Elephant Extravaganza Details

Cost: $500 for 2 guests, $1000 for up to 5 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Restrictions:

Children ages 5 and above permitted with an accompanying adult.

Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

You must wear closed toed shoes!  If you forget, rubber boots will be provided.

Signed liability waiver

Being a zookeeper takes careful preparation. Here are some things you need to know so that you can be prepared to work side by side with a member of our Elephant team… Elephant Extravaganza Details (pdf)

Purchase Elephant Extravaganza Experience

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A portion of each Behind-the-Scenes Experience is tax-deductible.