Get a Unique Glimpse of the Zoo
with our New Tours Program!

Book your tour by calling our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333

  • Discovery Tours
  • Backstage Adventures
  • Guided Tours
  • Custom Guided Tours

Discovery Tours
Price: $49 per person

A Discovery Tour is a 90-minute guided tour through the Zoo in one of our eco-shuttles. You’ll be able to hop on and off the cart for closer viewing and for photo opportunities throughout the tour. Discovery Tours only visit the guest viewing areas of exhibits and no behind-the-scenes areas.

Book your tour by calling our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333.

*Each tour has a maximum capacity of 12 guests. Children 2 and under are free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid person 16 years of age or older. Zoo admission not included in tour price.

 
Backstage Adventures
Price: $99 per person

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, join us for a 60-minute Backstage Adventure and get an insider’s glimpse of some of our animal habitats.

Book your tour by calling our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333.

Stingray Bay Adventure*

Go backstage and learn what it takes to care for the Zoo’s cownose stingrays. Your adventure includes a tour of the behind-the-scenes area and an in the water experience with the rays!

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | 1:30 p.m. (ages 12 and up) 

* Through November 30 only!

Arthur and Elaine Johnson Conservation Center

For many animal and plant species, survival is an increasing challenge due to a variety of influences. Join us on this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour to see how the Phoenix Zoo helps to conserve wherever we can and encourages others to join in the effort.

Mondays | 11 a.m. (ages 12 and up)

Ambassador Animal Resources

Travel behind-the-scenes of our newly remodeled Ambassador Animal Resources area to see what it takes to care for the many unique species of animals that participate in our zoo shows and often make media appearances. See our animal ambassadors at work up-close and learn from their keepers about behavioral enrichment and how we use positive reinforcement training techniques.

Tuesdays | 11 a.m.

Elephant

Go behind-the-scenes and learn what it takes to care for the Zoo’s largest animals – the Asian elephants. Your adventure includes a tour of the elephant barn and up-close viewing opportunities.

Thursdays | 1 p.m.

Animal Care Center

The Phoenix Zoo is home to over 3000 animals, and they are all cared for through one center. Be led through our Animal Care Center to experience how unpredictable days can be in the life of a zoo veterinarian.

Fridays | 1 p.m. (ages 12 and up)

Reptile Rendezvous

What is a rattlesnakes’ favorite snack? Find out in this ultimate reptile adventure of our Arizona reptiles trail. Your adventure also includes a visit to the Aldabra or Galapagos tortoise enclosure where you will have a chance to meet and touch some of these friendly giants!

Saturdays | 11 a.m.

African Painted Dog and Cheetah Adventure

Go behind-the-scenes with this special adventure in the night houses of the African Painted Dogs and Cheetahs. You’ll meet one of their zookeepers and learn what it takes to care for these carnivores and if the animals choose to interact, you’ll get to see them up close!

Sundays | 1 p.m.

*Each tour has a maximum capacity of 10 guests. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid person 16 years of age or older. Certain age restrictions apply. Zoo admission not included in tour price.


Premium Adventures
Price: $300 per person
Looking for the ultimate Zoo experience? A Premium Adventure is a fully custom experience for you and your party. Your adventure includes a 90-minute personalized tour of the Zoo and one Backstage Adventure. Each guest will also take home a souvenir photo and water bottle. Premium Adventures can be booked on your schedule (some restrictions may apply) and can be booked for groups of 1 – 10.

*Each tour has a maximum capacity of 10 guests.  All Premium Tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

 
Guided Tours

Guided tours are predetermined guide-led walking tours through one of our Zoo trails. You have the flexibility to choose from several different topics, each covering a wide span of animal and conservation sciences. Each guided tour is 45 – 60 minutes in length (depending on the chosen topic).

Subject to availability. Does not include behind the scenes viewing areas.  

  • $2 per person
  • Minimum 10 guests. Groups larger than 25 may be divided into multiple groups.
  • No age restrictions
  • Zoo admission not included in tour price. However, youth-oriented groups receive an educational rate of $8 per person. Discounted rates for groups of 25 or more are available.
  • Available on a daily basis; excludes holidays and special event days
  • Must be scheduled two weeks in advance
 
Custom Guided Tours 

Custom Guided Tours are directed towards your specific wants and needs. Our trained Zoo staff works with you to create a completely customizable 60-minute educational walking tour of one of our Zoo trails – covering the exhibits and topics you are interested in.

Subject to availability. Does not include behind the scenes viewing areas.  

  • $5 per person
  • Minimum 10 guests. Groups larger than 25 may be divided into multiple groups.
  • No age restrictions
  • Zoo admission not included in tour price. However, youth-oriented groups receive an educational rate of $8 per person. Discounted rates for groups of 25 or more are available.
  • Available on a daily basis; excludes holidays and special event days
  • Must be scheduled three weeks in advance

  All tours occur in any weather condition.