Behind the Scenes - Blank Park Zoo

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Discover What Happens Behind the Scenes!

Reserve your spot in one of the Blank Park Zoo's exciting new Behind the Scenes tours. Each tour explores different animals and habitats. Spend one-on-one time with a zoo keeper and get up close with the animals. Choose from five opportunities. Tour sizes are limited to maintain an intimate feel. Availability varies depending on type of tour. Call 515.974.2547 to schedule your private experience today! Tours must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.  Availability varies depending on type of tour.  Please call for more details.

Tour Fees
Ages 12 and older: $100 non-member / $50 members
Ages 11 and under: $50 non-members / $25 members

 

SEA LION & PENGUIN EXPERIENCE
Join the keepers on The Rocky Shores Seal and Sea Lion pool for a demonstration and training show and visit the Magellan Penguins’ indoor home.

Maximum Size of Tour:

 6 people

Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older

Availability:

 

3:15 PM (show at 3:30 PM) every day

 

GIRAFFE BARN EXPERIENCE
Travel out to the Africa barn to learn about Reticulated Giraffe, Lesser Kudu, and the Watusi. Chat with the zookeepers with an opportunity to feed the giraffes.

Maximum Size of Tour:

 6 people

Age Restrictions: None

Availability:

 

November through March

 

RHINO BARN EXPERIENCE
Get an up close look at the zoo’s two endangered Eastern Black Rhinos on a visit through their indoor barn. Chat with zookeepers and observe training. 

Maximum Size of Tour:

 6 people

Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older

Availability:

 

2 PM every day

 

TORTOISE EXPERIENCE
Get up and personal with Aldrabra Tortoises on this visit into their exhibit. Observe a tortoise training session and ask the zookeepers all of your questions.

Maximum Size of Tour:

 6 people

Age Restrictions: Must be 6 years or older

Availability:

 

2:30 PM every day

 

SERVICE BUILDING TOUR
Tour the building that houses the zoo’s education animal collection, the animal diet kitchen, and the vet clinic. 

Maximum Size of Tour:

 6 people

Age Restrictions: Must be 2 years or older

Availability:

 

2:30 PM every day
 

 

 

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