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Looking for a unique and memorable gift? Give a Behind-the-Scenes Experience! Recipients will receive a special gift certificate redeemable for any of our current experience options. Certificates available in $250, $500 and $1,000 values.

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VIPenguin Experience (Available April- October)

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 penguin’s habitat with a meet and greet, featuring the Magellanic, Rock Hopper, and King penguins. After the meet and greet, 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

The VIPenguin Experience is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

Cost: 2 guests: $250

Up tp 5 guests: $500

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 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 part of our animal care team 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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‘Moe’mentous Sloth Encounter 

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Slow down and enjoy this private, 30 minute encounter with ‘Moe’, the Zoo’s famous two-toed sloth and his keeper. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Moe up close and personal, including snack time and priceless photo ops!

A portion of proceeds from the ‘Moe’mentous Sloth Encounter support The Sloth Institute Costa Rica and their mission to increase peaceful coexistence between wildlife and Costa Rican communities.

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'Moe'mentous Sloth Encounter Details

The Sloth Encounter is a semi-private tour for mixed groups with a total capacity of 6 guests.

Cost: $250 for 2 guests, $375 for 3 guests, $500 for 4 guests, $600 for 6 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 minutes

Restrictions:

Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Youth ages 15 and up are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.

All participants must present a signed liability waiver.

Please view our SLOTH ENCOUNTER FAQ sheet for additional information. 

bugslifeIt’s a Bug’s Life (Available April-October, November-March by request)

Get up-close-and-personal with some of our residents in the World of Insects building. This 30-minute private tour allows you to meet some of our planet’s most amazing invertebrates. Thorny Devils, Giant Jumping Sticks, Emperor Scorpions and Giant African Millipedes are just a few of the awe inspiring creepy-crawlies you’ll meet in this up close and personal experience. You’ll learn how our keepers care for one of the finest collections of live-invertebrates to be found anywhere.

It’s a Bug’s Life Experience Details:

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

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 minutes

Restrictions: Children ages 5 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-toe shoes. 

All participants must present a signed liability waiver.

Being part of our animal care team 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 Insectarium team…It’s a Bug’s Life

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

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 fresh leaves from your waiting hand.  Skilled animal care staff will be on hand to educate you about giraffe behavior, nutrition and husbandry practices.  Don’t miss this mesmerizing experience! ADA Accessible

Gentle Giants Experience Details

Gentle Giants is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

Cost:  $250 for up to 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 an incline path that guests must be able to travel.

All participants must present a signed liability waiver.

Being on our animal care team 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 Zoo staff…Gentle Giants Details (PDF)

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Wild & Wonderful Wallabies   (Available April-October)

_DSC0226Snuggle up and enjoy quality, hands-on time with our wallabies while learning about the TLC given to them every day by their loyal care team. 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.

 

Wild & Wonderful Wallabies Details

Wild & Wonderful Wallabies is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

Cost: $250 for up to 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.

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 animal care team… Wild & Wonderful Wallabies Details (PDF)

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Friends on the Farm Experience (Available April – October)

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Come on down to Blakely’s Barnyard and meet our Friends on the Farm.  This new and exciting experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the animal-loving child – or adult!

Have you ever wished you could be the one leading the alpaca around the park on a walk? Here’s your chance! Learn from our animal care staff how to properly feed and harness a friendly alpaca before taking a stroll around the Zoo. (*Alpacas will be double led by Zoo staff for safety.*)  Next, marvel at our mini pigs 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.  Finish of your day on the farm by meeting our talented goat artists.  Our goats will conclude the tour by painting your group your very own Van”Goat” painting!

 

Friends on the Farm Experience Details

The Friends on the Farm Experience is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

Cost: $250 for up to 2 guests and $500 for up to 5 guests

Length of Tour: Approximately 30 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.

All participants must present a 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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Endangered Excursion   (Available April-October)

Venture down into our Wildlife Canyon for this thrilling opportunity to come face-to-face with our Bactrian Camels. After meeting our charismatic camels, you’ll have the opportunity to hang out with our Red Pandas as they chow down on some of their favorite snacks. You will finish off your experience by meeting one of our amazing aardvarks!

Endangered Excursion Details

Endangered Excursion is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

Cost: $500 for up to 2 people: $750 for up to 3 people: $1000 for up to 5 people.

Length of Tour: Approximately 60 minutes

Restrictions: Children must be over the age of 10 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.

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 animal care team… Endangered Excursion Details (pdf)

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Elephant Extravaganza

All of our 2018 Elephant Tours are currently booked.  To be notified when our 2019 season will become available, please email [email protected]. Our elephant tours are held April through October.

09 A Elephant 0113Have 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 learn about our three Asian elephant cows (Jati, Mai Thai, and Schottzie) along with Sabu, our bull (male).  Following your stroll around the building, watch one of our elephants 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 one of our elephants 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

The Elephant Extravaganza is a private tour reserved for single groups of 1-5 guests.

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

Length of Tour: Approximately 60-75 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.

Guests must wear closed toe shoes while inside the Elephant House.

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)

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Hangin’ with Hippos (Available May-September)

During this experience, care team members from Team Fiona will lead groups around Hippo Cove to get a closer look at what it takes to care for our hippos. Groups will have the opportunity to see Bibi and Fiona’s habitat inside the hippo building as well as the care team’s prep areas, including the kitchen space. After viewing the indoor areas, groups will venture outside where they will have the opportunity to meet the hippos and watch them participate in a training session. Groups will walk away with one custom canvas painting created by one of our resident hippo artists. Our hippos are managed through protected contact and groups will not have the opportunity to touch the hippos during the tour.

If you’ve purchased a Behind-the Scenes gift certificate to use in anticipation of this tour, you are welcome to use it towards the price of this tour. Even if you are redeeming a gift certificate, you will still need to purchase and reserve a tour spot at the link above. If you are able to reserve a spot, you can have your certificate retroactively applied to your tour by calling 513-487-3359. Gift certificates can also be redeemed for other behind-the-scenes experiences.

Hangin’ With Hippos Details

Hangin’ With Hippos is a private tour reserved for groups up to 5 guests.

Length of Tour: Approximately 60 minutes

Restrictions: Children must be over the age of 10 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.

All participants must present a signed liability waiver.

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

Do you have a zoo-nique engagement idea for your Behind the Scenes Tour? Contact [email protected] for assistance!