Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Behind the Scenes Tours

Discover What Happens Behind the Scenes!

Our Behind the Scenes Experiences have started up again - call us today!

Max tour size is 4 people.

Reserve your spot in one of the Blank Park Zoo's exclusive Behind the Scenes tours. Each tour interacts with a different group of animals and their habitat. Spend one-on-one time with a zookeeper and have the chance to see some of your favorite animals up close. Choose from six opportunities. Availability varies by experience. Tours must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance to accommodate staff scheduling. Call 515-974-2560 to schedule your private experience today! People age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All participants on the tour must wear closed toed shoes and are required to wear face masks for the entirety of the experience. Please call for more details.

PRICES
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: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 6 years or older
Time of Tour: 2:30 PM
Take a trip to Australia to learn about the Bennett's Wallaby with a chance to chat with zookeepers and have all your questions answered.

SEA LION & PENGUIN EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Time of Tour: 2:45 PM
Join the keepers at Hub Harbor for a training demonstration and experience a feeding session at the Magellan Penguins’ pool.

GIRAFFE BARN EXPERIENCE (NOVEMBER-MARCH)
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: None
Time of Tour: 2:30 PM
Take a peek inside our Giraffe Barn to see these animals up close, even though snow may be falling outside! Talk to a keeper and learn about the animals that roam the African savannah alongside the giraffes.

GIRAFFE TRAINING EXPERIENCE (APRIL-OCTOBER)
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Time of Tour: 2:30 PM
Go right up to the fence and experience a giraffe training up close! Watch the keepers train and interact with the animals while learning how and why the zoo’s animals are trained in certain behaviors. After watching training, have the chance to feed the giraffes yourself!

RHINO BARN EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 12 years or older
Time of Tour: 2:30 PM
Get an up close look at the zoo’s endangered Eastern Black Rhinos on a visit through their indoor barn. Chat with a zookeeper and observe a training session. 

TORTOISE EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 6 years or older
Time of Tour: 2:30 PM
Step into our Aldabra Tortoises exhibit and try not to get stepped on yourself as you experience a training session of our tortoises, ask the keepers all of your questions, and give Barnaby head scratches a plenty.

AMBASSADOR ANIMAL EXPERIENCE
Maximum Size of Tour: 4 people
Age Restrictions: Must be 2 years or older
Time of Tour: 11 AM
Speak with an Ambassador Animal Keeper as they introduce you to our ambassador animals who travel the state (and sometimes beyond) to educate the public about the importance of zoos and conservation efforts. 

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