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Have you always wanted to get just a little bit closer to the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo? Well, you can! Take a look at our behind-the-scenes experiences, and choose the best option for you and/or your family.

    Behind-the-Scenes Tours

    A Behind-the-Scenes Tour is a special way to visit the Zoo and the perfect opportunity to celebrate a birthday or anniversary! An experienced guide will lead your private tour group through the Zoo as you see animal exhibits in a way the general public never sees. You’ll learn how zookeepers care for the animals that reside here, hear about conservation issues, and get a close-up view of some of our animals along the way.

    Program Details

    Fee
    Experiences range from $200-$1,000 for groups of up to six people.

    Age Requirements

    All ages welcome. However, some encounters are only available to guests ages 6 and up. Please call for details.

    Registration
    Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance by contacting the education department at (805) 962-5339, ext. 154, or by email.

    Keeper for a Day

    A fun and informative program for those who are interested in animals and conservation!
    Experience a full day working with your favorite animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo as an honorary zookeeper! You will have the unique opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes activities and assist zookeepers in their daily tasks of caring for the animals which include preparing food and enrichment, training animals, and cleaning.
    The Keeper for a Day program can accommodate up to two people per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must sign a liability waiver and provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test.
    Encounters with animals are subject to change without prior notice.

    Program Details

    Dates

    Offered on Thursdays.

    Duration

    5.5 hours, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Requirements

    Ages 18 and older with proof of negative tuberculosis test.

    Fee

    $900 ($800 for SB Zoo Members), includes lunch

    Registration

    This experience must be booked at least two weeks in advance by contacting the education department at (805) 962-5339, ext. 154, or by email.