Keeper for a Day

What does it take to be a zookeeper at the San Diego Zoo? In this personalized experience, you will learn firsthand from our world-class keepers! Enjoy a brief orientation, put on your Keeper for a Day souvenir T-shirt, and head out to the animal area of your choice to meet your Keeper Guide for the day! You'll spend the next few hours shadowing a keeper as they complete the daily tasks necessary to care for our animals. You may help our keepers prepare diets, rake and clean exhibits, or create enrichment items. You will step inside animal enclosures to see the Zoo from a whole new perspective, and learn how we care for our animals—up close. Choose to shadow a giraffe keeper (Saturdays) or a koala keeper (Sundays). Each Keeper for a Day experience includes special orientation materials, a souvenir Keeper for a Day hat and T-shirt, and lunch!

Note: This program includes walking, standing, and lifting for extended periods of time, often on uneven surfaces. Guests will be outdoors all day, and can expect to get dirty! Appropriate attire is required. Please advise if there are mobility challenges or health concerns, including allergies.

Advance Tickets

Ages 12 and up
*Per person, plus admission

At a Glance

7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on select weekends
5 hours
Age Interest: 

Ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Please call to speak with one of our professional planners as soon as possible. All requests for this tour require a minimum of 72 hours' advance notice and are subject to availability.