Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Condor Behind the Scenes

Tour Details

When: Saturdays and Sundays

What: 45-minute tours (Condors & Conservation is a 75-minute tour)

How: Purchase tickets online prior to your visit. Daytime admission tickets may also be purchased at the box office. Behind the Scenes tickets are available online only, subject to availability.

Where: With your Behind the Scenes and zoo admission tickets, meet at the carts outside the front gate 10 minutes prior to tour start time.

Cost: $75 in addition to Zoo admission or membership (Condors & Conservation is $150)


Starting at $75 (in addition to Zoo admission or membership)

Get a fun, informative, insider’s view at how we care for Zoo residents, and how this very important work helps us save animal species here at home and around the world. You’ll see the Zoo in ways few ever have, as part of a small group traveling on foot and via cart to habitats and off-exhibit areas. Please select your desired tour and date at check out.

Tour Descriptions


Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Go behind the glass at our world-renowned reptile and amphibian house, which is home to many rare species. Meet and chat with the keepers and participate in a hands-on experience with one of our scaly residents. 45 minutes.

Seals and Sea Lions

Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Get a “backstage pass” at Sea Life Cliffs and see what it takes to be a trainer for our seals and sea lions — a.k.a. pinnipeds. Watch our keepers encourage behaviors that help the animals participate in their own health care and learn about our Zoo’s role in rescue programs for local pinnipeds. Your unforgettable tour will conclude with a photo op with one of our sea lions. Due to temporary elevator servicing, this tour is not currently ADA accessible. 45 minutes.

Giant River Otters

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Get to know the very vocal giant river otters so well, you may start to understand what they’re squeaking about! With the help of an expert keeper, feed the otters from the beautiful Stilt House at Rainforest of the Americas. 45 minutes.

Asian Elephants

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Learn what goes into caring for the Zoo’s largest residents at Elephants of Asia – from feeding to health care to physical and mental enrichment and more. You’ll see why it “takes a village” to nurture our herd. 45 minutes.

Condors & Conservation

Sundays at 11 a.m.

The Zoo’s mission is to save animals every day, and no two species illustrate this commitment more powerfully than the critically endangered California condor and peninsular pronghorn. Explore our condor facility, which is normally closed to the public, and meet the dedicated keepers there. Then, tour the peninsular pronghorn barn for an up-close experience with our herd. Tour is not ADA accessible. 75 minutes.

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