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 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.
Experiences range from $200-$1,000 for groups of up to six people.
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. 134, 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.
Offered on Thursdays.
5.5 hours, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ages 18 and older with proof of negative tuberculosis test.
$1000 ($900 for SB Zoo Members), includes lunch
This experience must be booked at least two weeks in advance by contacting the education department at (805) 962-5339, ext. 134, or by email.