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Inside Look Tours

At a Glance

  • Adults, kids, teens, seniors
  • Offered daily; 90 minutes
  • Giraffes, polar bears, and more!
    (All animals subject to availability)
  • Visit different off-view areas with each tour.
  • View Safety Restrictions
    Wear comfortable shoes. Some tours require walking to visit several exclusive areas. Tour guests ages 2 and older: please bring a facial covering, as many of our tours include occasional indoor spaces where a facial covering will be required to enter. Maximum of two children per adult; children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult. All tour participants require a ticket, regardless of age.
  • The Inside Look tour is an entertaining and educational 90-minute adventure—perfect for a family outing—offering guided views and interesting information about how we take care of our wildlife. It is filled with experiences and stories you can’t get anywhere else.  You’ll meet your guide, and then enjoy being escorted around the Zoo in a deluxe cart. 

    All tour participants require a tour ticket, regardless of age.

    Admission is separate and required. If anyone in your party will be using a wheelchair during the tour, after booking please call 619-718-3000.

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

    Inside Look: Giraffes & Friends

    See our giraffes up close! Learn how we care for these gentle giants here at the Zoo, and how we are supporting their survival in the wild. This 90-minute adventure also includes a tour around the Zoo with stops to visit some of our other wildlife up close!

    For all ages.

    Inside Look: Surprise

    This special tour is guaranteed to thrill and amaze! During your Surprise tour, your guide will escort your group to a variety of locations throughout the Zoo, to see our wildlife up close and share stories of wildlife care and conservation. No two tours are ever the same! This tour includes special experiences at two different animal habitats, and can include areas not accessible to the public.

    Early morning tours are now available! Enter the Zoo before it opens for the day and start your tour early by booking the 8:30 a.m. Inside Look Surprise Tour!

    For all ages.

    Inside Look: Polar Bears & Friends

    Start your day with an educational adventure for the whole household! Get exclusive access to our polar bear habitat, just as the bears set out to explore their territory in the morning. Learn how we care for these charismatic bears here at the Zoo, and how we are supporting their survival in the Arctic. This 90-minute adventure also includes a tour around the Zoo with stops to visit some of our other wildlife up close!

    For all ages.

    Inside Look: Baboons & Friends 

    Get an inside look at our hamadryas baboons! Meet with a wildlife care specialist to learn about the fascinating social life of these charismatic Old World monkeys, how we care for them here at the Zoo, and how we are supporting their survival in the wild. This 90-minute adventure includes a unique view of the baboons from a special viewing area, and a tour around the Zoo with stops to visit some of our other wildlife up close!

    For all ages.

    Inside Look: Wild Canines & Friends

    Are you a fan of foxes? Do you wonder about wolves? During this cart tour, you will meet our wild canines up close and learn how San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance works to conserve canid species all over the world. Your guide will escort you around the Zoo to enjoy special experiences with a variety of animals and learn how our conservation partners enlist domestic dogs to help us protect wildlife worldwide.  

    This tour includes opportunities to meet some furry friends up close. We cannot guarantee which animals you will see on a particular day, but you might see a wolf, singing dog, maned wolf, or fennec fox. 

    Subject to change.

    NEW!  Inside Look: Twilight Tour 

    What happens in the Zoo at sunset? This evening tour features a special look at wildlife that is just waking up as the sun goes down, including a unique experience with the elusive maned wolf. Visit other areas of the Zoo to see animals that dwell in the dark, watch them enjoy special enriched experiences, and learn how we care for our wildlife, day and night!

    This tour is offered for a limited time only. Reserve your ticket today!

    For all ages.

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