Backstage Pass

Meet our animal stars up close!

Enjoy access to some amazing encounters with our animal ambassadors and their trainers. You’ll be invited to touch and experience many up-close opportunities with some unbelievable critters. We’ll let you in on some insider’s stories about our animal residents as well as some of the wonderful conservation efforts the San Diego Zoo is involved in. Your memorable encounter will begin as one of the Zoo’s professional photographers takes a photograph of your family/group posing with one of our animal stars. This memory-making photograph is yours free! Other encounters include a close-up meeting and photo with a cheetah, a visit to our rhino exhibit that includes the opportunity to touch and feed our gentle giant, and eye-to-eye contact with more of our exotic wildlife friends. We’ll even teach you how to talk to our animals so that they talk back!


At a Glance

Offered Daily
1.5 Hours
Age Interest: 


Let us answer your questions and help create your day at the Zoo!