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Behind the Scenes Tours

Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Zoo

General Information

Go “Behind-the-Scenes” at the Zoo with one of our expert zookeepers. This is an up-close and personal walking tour of some of your favorite animal exhibits at the zoo. You will visit their night dens; learn about their care and feeding, animal habits and more. Time is allowed for questions and answers with all tours.

Pricing and Scheduling

$35.00 per person includes the tour and park admission.
$30.00 per person for current Zoo members. 
Advance payment is required. We accept cash, company checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express credit cards.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours are pre-scheduled by the Corporate Events Coordinator at (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.  A minimum of two weeks is required for scheduling.


Behind the Scenes Tours are booked for a minimum of six people and a maximum of fifteen people per group. Tours are restricted to ages five years and older. No strollers, infants, or wheelchairs unless otherwise indicated*.  All participants must wear closed toed shoes.


Saturday - Sunday:

Wild Florida Tour:  This WILD tour will take you to the most remote regions of our Wild Florida exhibit.  Featured are animals native to Florida that have historically inhabited Jacksonville, including bobcat, whooping crane, bald eagle, red wolf, black bear, and Florida’s state animal, the elusive Florida panther. 

This tour is available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and lasts approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

African Plains Tour: Go on a safari behind the scenes in our African Plains area.  During this exclusive tour you will learn all about how we care for some of Africa’s biggest animals including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, cheetah, okapi and more.  You will journey out of the Africa area, and end with a sneak peak at our state of the art jaguar holding facility. 

This tour can be scheduled between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Limited Scheduling on the Following Tours:

*The Range of the Jaguar & Emerald Forest Aviary: Features animals of the South and Central America. Take this tour and see where jaguars, tapirs, howler monkeys, tropical birds, giant otters and fish live and play. Wheel chair accessible.

Available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Corporate Events Coordinator at (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.