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These one-of-a-kind experiences can include the opportunity to peek into the back of house animal areas, meet an expert from the Zoo’s animal care team or have an unforgettable up-close and personal animal experience with the Zoo’s most prestigious animal ambassadors. Experiences and tour availability varies, to find out more see details of each tour below.

Look for new experiences and dates available beginning January 2017

Questions? Email us at or call 713-533-6500.


Tour Gift Certificates

Give the gift every animal lover wishes for! Go beyond the “Employees Only” gates and step into a Zoo keeper’s world. Stand eye to eye with a giraffe, take a walk with a cheetah, or feel the softness of a rhino’s skin. Plus, learn all about the incredible animals from the people who know them best! Purchase a gift certificate for an amazing Zoo experience just in time for the holiday season!


Memorable Tour Options

Zoo Members, per person $90
Non Members, per person $115 (includes Zoo admission)

Reptiles and Amphibians
Mondays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Carruth Natural Encounters
Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Animal Nutrition Building
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Kipp Aquarium
Thursdays 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays 12:45 -1:30 p.m.
Tropical Bird House
Thursdays 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
John P. McGovern Children's Zoo - The Bug House
Fridays 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

VIP Experience
Looking for something extra special? Want to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience? Click below to request a tour. Starting at $1500.00Request_Tour_button

Featured Tours

Zoo Members, per person $150
Non Members, per person $175 (includes Zoo admission)

Saturdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Big Cat Training Window - Lions or Tigers - Sold Out for 2016
Sundays 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Gorilla Tour
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Exclusive Tours

Zoo Members, per person $250
Non Members, per person $275 (includes Zoo admission)

Fridays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Sea Lions - Sold Out for 2016
Thursdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Cheetah Walk Tour - Sold Out for 2016
First and third Wednesday of each month, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Create Your Own Tour Experience
Want to experience these animals on a date and time of your choice? Click below to create your own private event.

Zoo Members, per person $350
Non Members, per person $375 (includes Zoo admission)

Guests with Special Needs

Certain tours are accessible for guests using wheelchairs. They include Animal Nutrition Building, Bird Exhibits, Carruth Natural Encounters, Elephants, Rhinos, Gorillas and Sea Lions.

If you or a member of your group uses a wheelchair, please contact 713-533-6500 or email so we can make accommodations where possible. Service animals are not permitted on any behind-the-scenes tours.