Behind-the-Scenes Experiences

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.

A Behind-the-Scenes experience or encounter 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.

Experiences range from $200-$900.

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

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

Experience catalog