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Premium Behind-the-Scenes Experiences

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like? Want an up-close encounter with animals? Then this tour is for you! This unique experience travels behind-the-scenes to provide exclusive interactions with many of our Zoo animals. This walking tour provides fantastic photo opportunities and one-of-a-kind memories. Please click HERE for tour times and itineraries.

Premium Behind-the-Scenes Experience Program Information:

  • Children 2 years old and under are FREE and may attend, but are not permitted to feed the animals.
  • Children 4 years old and younger must be carried or held by the hand of an adult in their group.
  • Chilfren 3-8 years old must be assisted by parent/guardian while feeding the animals.
  • Children 13 years olf and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a Premium Experience.
  • Approx. 90 minutes
  • $100 per participant (8 maximum including children 2 and under)
  • There is an additional cost of $50 per person for the Elephant Specialty Tours
  • Includes Zoo admission
  • Schedule 2 weeks in advance


To schedule a Premium Experience, please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268 or email.

Tours

Inside Look Tour

Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the inner workings of a zoo. During this program, your group will visit the Zoo’s commissary where the animals’ diets are made, tour our world-class manatee hospital, and have an up-close animal interaction.

Program Information:

• Ages 5 through adult
• 30-45 minutes
• $10 per participant
• Minimum of 5 participants or flat rate of $50
• Zoo access before/after program is not included. However, Zoo access can be added for a discounted group rate. Group rates must be scheduled in advance and one person needs to pay for everyone on the day of your visit.

To schedule a tour, please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

Zoo Adventure Tours

Your group will get unique insight and inside information as you are led by a knowledgeable Zoo guide through one of the Zoo’s exciting animal areas.

Tour Area Options:

Florida Boardwalk Meet the original Florida natives past, present, and some with a future unknown.

Primate World Bring your group of primates to meet ours and learn about the cool characteristics of our closest cousins in the animal kingdom.

Asian Gardens From massive Indian rhinos to rare Malayan tigers, explore the fascinating animals of this massive continent.

Safari Africa The African savannah is home to elusive and diverse wildlife as well as some of the world’s largest land mammals. Take a trek to see what African animals you can discover.

 

Program Information:

• Ages 5 through adult
• 45-60 minutes
• $4 per participant
• Minimum of 15 participants or flat rate of $60
• Zoo access before/after program is not included. However, Zoo access can be added for a discounted group rate. Group rates must be scheduled in advance and one person needs to pay for everyone on the day of your visit.


To schedule a tour, please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

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NEW Twilight Tours

 

Experience the Zoo after the sun goes down. Bring your flashlight for the best view as you enjoy a guided hike through the Zoo, go behind-the-scenes to see the workings of our world class manatee hospital, and have an up-close encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors. Your evening will also include a pizza snack and soda.

 

Program Information:

• Ages 5 through adult
• 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• $20 per adult, $15 per child
• Minimum of 10 participants or flat rate of $150
• Maximum 50 guests per tour.
• Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult.
• Schedule 2 weeks in advance.

 

To schedule a tour, please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

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