Backstage Pass

A fun and interactive way to see the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

This is your chance to meet our animals the way you've always wanted to: up close and personal! As you work alongside an experienced zookeeper, you will enjoy interactive encounters with your favorite animals, most of which can only be seen up close by Backstage Pass holders like you!

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Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Adults: $200 ($150 for SB Zoo Members)
Children: $75 (ages 5-17)
Includes cost of admission and
parking for non-members

Please contact Hannah Kistner by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (805) 962-5339, ext. 148 at least two weeks in advance. 


Each Backstage Pass tour lasts about 1.5 hours.

Offered on weekdays (Mon-Fri)
All dates are subject to availability.

Age Requirement
Adults and children ages 5 and up
Minors must be accompanied by a paying parent/guardian

Select from the following Backstage Pass programs:

Barnyard- Come and meet the Guinea hogs, Navajo-Churro sheep, and San Clemente Island goats as you work in the barnyard alongside a keeper. You will learn the ins and outs of caring for all of the Zoo's barnyard animals while you interact with them in their exhibit. This Backstage Pass is perfect for younger audiences!

Feathered Friends- Join the flock! This Backstage Pass will allow you to work with a bird keeper and learn about how we care for our Humboldt penguins, Chilean flamingos and other feathered friends who reside at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Eeeww!- Come and meet some of the Zoo's reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates! This Backstage Pass takes you behind the scenes of the Eeeww! exhibit where a zookeeper will teach you what it takes to care for all of the Zoo's creepy crawlers!

Small Mammals- This Backstage Pass allows you to work with zookeepers and learn how we care for the crested porcupines, capybaras, and anteaters here at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Encounters with animals are subject to change without prior notice.

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