Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $13 Adult | $8 Child

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Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $13 Adult | $8 Child

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Behind the Scenes

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 seven opportunities. Tour sizes are limited to maintain an intimate feel. Availability varies depending on type of tour. Call 515.974.2589 to schedule your private experience today! Tours must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.  People age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 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


BENNETT'S WALLABY EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 6 years or older
Availability: 2:30 PM, twice weekly
Take a trip to Australia to learn about the Bennett's Wallaby. With a chance to chat with the zookeepers and ask all of your questions.

 

SEA LION & PENGUIN EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Availability: 3:15 PM (show at 3:30) every day
Join the keepers on the Hub Harbor Seal and Sea Lion pool for a demonstration and training show and visit the Magellan Penguins’ indoor home.

 

GIRAFFE BARN EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: None
Availability: Year-round (tours scheduled November-March provide a better chance that all animals will be inside the barn)
Travel out to the Africa barn to learn about Reticulated Giraffe, Addax, and the Watusi. Chat with the zookeepers with an opportunity to feed the giraffes.

 

RHINO BARN EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Availability: 2:00 PM every day
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. 

 

TORTOISE EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 6 years or older
Availability: 2:30 PM every day
Get up and personal with Aldabra Tortoises on this visit into their exhibit. Observe a tortoise training session and ask the zookeepers all of your questions.

 

GREAT CATS EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Availability: October-April at 9 am, May-September at 8 am every day
Chat with the zookeepers about the care of large cats and observe training of the Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers and African Lions.

 

SERVICE BUILDING EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 6 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 2 years or older
Availability: 2:30 PM every day
Tour the building that houses the zoo’s education animal collection, the animal diet kitchen, and the vet clinic. 

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