Amur leopard mom and cub.
Upgraded Experiences

Crazy About Cats

At a Glance

Visit private keeper areas and learn about cats of all sizes.

  • Adults, kids, tweens, teens, seniors
  • 2 hours; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on select days
  • View Age/Safety Restrictions
    Wear comfortable shoes for walking. This tour requires some walking to visit exclusive areas. Maximum two children per adult; children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult. All tour participants require a ticket, regardless of age.
  • Travel by cart and foot to some of the Zoo's most iconic and fascinating cat species on this early morning tour focusing on wild cats! Go behind the scenes with your tour guide for a private viewing and/or visits with some of our famous felines and other animal friends. Visit private keeper areas and learn about cats of all sizes, how our keepers care for them, and what you can do to help cat species worldwide. We cannot guarantee which animals guests will see on any particular morning, but depending on availability—always subject to change—you might see a jaguar, lion, tiger, mountain lion, fishing cat, leopard, ocelot, or serval!

    *Our animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs.


    Animals in Action Experience

    Bring your camera to this fun and interactive experience, as we bring the animals out to you for an up-close view.

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    Mother polar bear with cub.

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    Keeping Tabs in the Wild
    Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.


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