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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 many behind-the-scenes experiences, and choose what sounds like the best option for you and/or your family. 

Backstage Pass

Meet some of our animals up close and personal. Backstage Passes allow you to work alongside a zookeeper, and enjoy interactive encounters with your favorite animals, most of which can only be seen up close by Backstage Pass holders like you! More...


Behind-the-Scenes Tours

This is your opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Zoo and learn about how zookeepers care for the animals that reside here, conservation issues, and get a close-up view of some of our animals and exhibits along the way. More...


Keeper for a Day

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. More...

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