icon of person Membership icon of ticket Buy Tickets
Purchase Tickets


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.


Purchase Tickets

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.

This is a Zero Waste Event