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Behind the Scenes at Gorillas

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Join a keeper and learn unique characteristics of each of our gorillas by visiting a staff only area behind the gorilla habitat. Take a glimpse into a gorilla bedroom, stop by the kitchen to see what’s on the menu for the day, or take a look at their favorite toys and enrichment items.  Hear all about the amazing bond of trust these animals have with their keepers, and discover how you can save gorilla habitat in the wild (*hint: it involves your old cell phone).


Fridays from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Members $125 per person
Non-Members $150 per person

A portion of each Behind the Scenes purchase goes towards protecting animals in the wild.

Reserve your spot today – these experiences book quickly!

Become a Member and enjoy the discounted tour price as well as many other member benefits! Find out more:


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Zoo Visit Included!
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m., and you are welcome to stay all day on the day of your experience.

Ages 12 and Up
This Animal Encounter is not not permitted for kids under age 12. Please register at least one adult per child under 17 in your party.

Behind the Scenes Size Limit
This exclusive encounter is limited to just six people per experience. If you have fewer than six in your party, you may be joined by other registrants, not to exceed six persons total.

Capturing the Moment
For the safety and well-being of our animal residents, there is no flash photography allowed in this area.

Special Note
All guests who participate in Behind the Scenes at Gorillas are required to wear a face mask in order to protect the gorillas from any human disease risks. Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives with a genetic difference to humans of only 1.6%. This greatly increases their susceptibility to infection from human pathogens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I experience this encounter on any day or time?

How early should we arrive?

Where do I park?

Where do I meet?

Do we need to print our tickets?

What is the dress code?

What happens if it rains?

What else do I need to know?

What if I need to cancel?

Any Other Questions?

For questions regarding this or any other Animal Encounter, call the Conservation Education department (713) 533-6500 or email animalencounters@houstonzoo.org