Inside Look Tours

The Inside Look Tour is a two-hour entertaining and educational adventure that offers special behind-the-scenes views and interesting information about how we take care of our animals. It is filled with experiences and stories you couldn’t get anywhere else. You’ll be part of a small group touring the Zoo in a shuttle cart and visiting off-exhibit areas. See the Zoo the way everyone wishes they could—from behind the scenes! Which Inside Look will you choose?

Inside Look: Surprise

No matter where you go or what you see, this tour is guaranteed to thrill and amaze you! During your surprise tour, you will have special experiences behind-the-scenes at two different animal exhibits, plus a brief stop to see the giant pandas.
For all ages.

Inside Look: Koalas & Friends

We have the largest koala colony outside of Australia! Step inside the Queenslander House to see where their fresh eucalyptus browse is stored and where keepers prepare food for the other animals in our Outback. Meet a friend of the koala that lives in the same habitat, get the inside scoop on how we take care of our koalas, and learn how we are supporting their survival in the wild.
For all ages.

Inside Look: Elephants & Friends

Get the scoop on how we take care of elephants and support their survival in the wild. Tour our Elephant Care Center to see the kitchen where elephant diets are prepared and the tools keepers use to care for the elephants. Be sure to wear flat-heeled shoes for this tour!
For all ages.

Inside Look: Reptiles & Friends

Get a sneak peak at reptiles you can’t see on exhibit, as our educator guides present up-close experiences with reptiles and friends! Tour the Zoo in a shuttle cart for an overview of our enormous reptile collection, representing species from all over the world. Get the inside scoop on how we care for our scaly friends—and meet one up close!
For all ages.

Inside Look: Polar Bears & Friends

Go inside the Polar Bear Care Center to see where our bears are trained to receive physical exams and where we conduct research, such as hearing studies. Learn the tricks keepers use to provide enrichment activities for the bears, and how we support the survival of polar bears in the wild. Be sure to wear flat-heeled shoes for this tour!
For ages 10 and older.

Inside Look: Africa Rocks Preview

Join us for a special preview of our newest exhibit while it is still under construction! Get an up-close look at some of the animals that will live there, before they move to their new homes. Learn how we design naturalistic habitats to keep our animals healthy and active, explore hidden areas of the Zoo, and enjoy a special experience with an African animal! Safety Restrictions: wear closed-toe, flat-heeled shoes for this tour, and Zoo-provided safety equipment (hat, goggles, and vest); sign liability release provided at tour check-in. Some walking required.
For ages 10 and older.

Go behind the scenes!

Advance Tickets

$80*
All ages
*Book now and save! Above price includes a 10% discount. Tour ticket price will be higher if purchased same day at the Zoo. Admission is separate and required.

At a Glance

Times: 
Offered daily
Duration: 
2 hours
Age Interest: 
Adults
Kids
Preschoolers
Teens

Reservations

619-718-3000
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