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Event Menu

  • Glier’s Goetta, Egg & Cheese on Buttermilk Biscuit
  • Vegetarian Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Buttermilk Biscuit (V)
  • Hashbrown Casserole (V & GF)
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Cream Cheese & Chive Scrambled Eggs
  • House Made Granola & Yogurt Bar (V)
  • Assorted Pastries (V)
  • Seasonal Fruit Salad (VG)
  • Coffee, Orange Juice & Water


Breakfast with the Animals

Enjoy a unique breakfast experience at the Cincinnati Zoo that includes exclusive chats from the Animal Care Staff at your favorite animal habitats! Early admission and parking are included.


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Children 2 and under are free. This event is rain or shine. Possible rain dates pending inclement weather. Tickets are non-refundable. There are no discounts for children or members. Children under 2 do not need a ticket. Reservations are limited to 80 people; Each tour group will have no more than 40 guests. Event may be rescheduled if less than 10 people are scheduled for event. 

Event Timeline

  • 6:45am: Gate opens for guest arrival and check in (Guests will receive their tour group assignment via email prior to the event.)
  • 7:00am: Breakfast on Africa Deck
  • 7:45am: Curator Chat #1
  • 8:15am: Session #1 ends; guests travel to 2nd location with guide
  • 8:30am: Curator Chat #2
  • 9:00am: Event ends; Zoo is open to the public and guests are welcome to stay for the whole day.

Parking is included with event ticket.

Tour Description

Start your morning with a catered breakfast on the Africa Deck overlooking the savannah. Then split off into your tour group to head to your first animal habitat where you will meet up with a Zoo Curator to hear fascinating stories of their personal experiences and fun facts about the many amazing animals that they care for and see your favorite animals in a relaxed setting. Your guide will then lead you to your second animal habitat to meet up with a second Zoo Curator so that you can learn more about the animals in their care.

man getting breakfast
Elephant Reserve

Friday, May 3 – Elephant & Giraffe

Thursday, May 23 – Hippo & African Penguin

Saturday, June 8 – Hippo & Galapagos Tortoise

mai thai asian elephant

Saturday, June 29 – Elephant & Gorilla

bibi and fiona underwater face to face

Friday, July 12 – Hippo & Cheetah

galapagos tortoise on land

Saturday, July 20 – Gorilla & Galapagos Tortoise

john the lion looking at camera

Friday, August 2 – Lion & Ambassador Animal

Thursday, August 22 – Hippo & Ambassador Animal

If you have any accommodation requests, please contact [email protected]  3 weeks prior to event.

Zero Waste Event
A “zero waste event” is largely defined as at least 90% of the event waste will be diverted from the landfill. To make this happen, all single-use products provided will be made of compostable material and are BPI certified. As we are using an industrial composter, products such as plates, silverware, cups, and napkins will all be able to be composted.

All of our standard trash cans throughout the zoo will be converted into compost bins for Zoo La La, meaning you will only find compost and recycling available. All waste accumulated here can be composted, and all aluminum can be recycled.