Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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.

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Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Go behind the scenes for an up-close experience with slithery, slimy, and crawly reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. This experience may allow for some touching opportunities.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Radiated Tortoise Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 3

An up close meet and greet inside the enclosure with one of our critically endangered Radiated Tortoises. This encounter may provide an opportunity to touch the tortoise

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Sulcata Tortoise Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 8

Experience these giants up close. Learn from the keepers how they care for and train the 3rd largest tortoise species in the world. A possible touching opportunity may be included.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Penguin Fish Toss

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 10

Join a penguin keeper to learn about our active and fun Humboldt penguin colony. Toss the penguins a tasty fishy snack.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Bird Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 10

Enjoy an up-close experience with your choice of a Red-tailed Hawk, Tawny frogmouth, Macaw or Cockatoo. Chat with the knowledgeable keeper about what makes that bird so special.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Flamingle

No minimum or maximum guests

Get eye level with some individuals from our flamingo flock! These pink beauties will cruise out of their enclosure and mingle with your group, all while you enjoy learning about them from their keepers.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

California Condor Feeding

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Learn the details of the California condors’ conservation success story and what makes them so special. Help the keepers feed the condors through a special chute. These carnivores love uncooked meat items so an open mind while viewing and touching their food is necessary.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Giraffe Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6-8

Step into our newly renovated giraffe barn to learn from the keepers all about the care and training we do with our herd. This encounter has the possibility for a feeding opportunity.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Western Lowland Gorilla

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 8

Watch in awe as the gorilla keeper shows off how we train, care and interact with these intelligent apes. You will have an up close experience by viewing the training session at a specialized mesh wall.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $

Asian Elephant Feeding

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Go behind the scenes for and up close experience with the world’s largest land animal. Keepers will share stories and details about how we train and care for our charismatic girl and a feeding opportunity may occur.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $

Asian Elephant Painting

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Take home your very own unique painting created right before your eyes by our elephant. Spend time behind the scenes meeting our elephant and talking with our knowledgeable elephant keepers. May include a feeding opportunity.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $

Armadillo Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6-8

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $

Animal Kitchen Tour*

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 10

*Highly dependent on vet staff schedule and availability.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $200 (single experience); $175 (if paired)

Veterinary Clinic Tour*

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 10

*Highly dependent on vet staff schedule and availability.

Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $200 (single experience); $175 (if paired)

Crested Porcupine Feeding

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 4

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Meeting time:
Ages: all

Duration:
Cost: $200 (single experience); $175 (if paired)

Barnyard

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 10

Includes Guinea hogs, Navajo-Churro sheep, San Clemente Island goats, and rabbits.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $250 (single experience); $200 (if paired)

Island Fox Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $250 (single experience); $200 (if paired)

Anteater Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $250 (single experience); $200 (if paired)

Asian Small-Clawed Otters Encounter

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests:

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $250 (single experience); $175 (if paired)

Amur Leopard Training Wall

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $350

Lion Training Wall

Minimum Guests:
Maximum Guests: 6

Learn about the adorable threebanded armadillo. Enjoy a meet and greet as this fun and active little guy spends time outside his exhibit hanging out with your group.

Meeting time:
Ages: 6+

Duration:
Cost: $350