African Elephant
Upgraded Experiences

Exclusive VIP Experience

At a Glance

Spend up to eight hours exploring the Zoo and enjoying special animal experiences with your own personal tour guide.

  • Adults, kids, tweens, teens, seniors
  • 5 or 8 hours
  • View Safety/Age Restrictions
    Special arrangements for children younger than 3 years of age can be made; please inquire when making reservations. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • The Exclusive VIP Experience is the ultimate way to experience the San Diego Zoo! Our team of professionals will customize your visit to suit your needs and interests. Looking for a journey to some of the most exclusive areas of the most famous zoo in the world? Like to get up close and personal with animal ambassadors? The Exclusive VIP Experience is your key to off-exhibit areas, animal interactions, and the very best in personalized service. Spend up to five hours exploring the Zoo with your own personal tour guide. Have more time? Spend your entire day with us (up to eight hours)! Each Exclusive VIP Experience is tailored to your interests and includes a sit-down lunch at a Zoo restaurant. All Exclusive VIP Experiences are customized to your specifications. This very popular tour requires advance reservations and upon request, is subject to availability.

    Please call 619-718-3000 as soon as possible, to request and confirm availability. All requests must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance.

    Please note: Animal presentations and behind-the-scenes areas are subject to change based on the health and welfare of the animals.


    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.

    Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary

    The Brainy Bunch

    Meet Some Smart Birds
    Mother polar bear with cub.

    Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

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


    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts