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Get a Unique Glimpse of the Zoo!

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.

Book your tour by calling our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333.

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.

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.

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) 

Flamingo Flamingle Tour

Begin your Flamingle adventure as you “Walk with the Flock” of flamingos and their caretakers around the Zoo’s main lake. Continue to their habitat where you will enjoy an exclusive opportunity inside of their exhibit to get up close and feed these magnificent birds. Talk with their keepers and learn all about their unique and quirky personalities.

  • Daily | 9 a.m. (ages 5 and up)

Sloth Backstage Adventure

Meet one of the Valley’s most famous and beloved residents: Fernando the Linne’s two-toed sloth!* Go inside Fern’s habitat (either inside or outside depending on where his mood takes him), chat with his keeper during a feeding, learn all about his nocturnal nature and snap photos and videos of your experience. 

*Given that he is a sloth, and lives life in the slow lane, there could be a chance he chooses to sleep through your experience. 

  • Mondays | 12:15 | Please note this is a 45-minute tour and only up to five guests

Arthur and Elaine Johnson Conservation Center

Phoenix Zoo conservation scientists raise and breed native species at the Zoo’s Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Conservation Center for release to the wild and/or to help understand their biology and reproduction. Join us on this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour to see how the Phoenix Zoo helps to conserve black-footed ferrets, Chiricahua leopard frogs, narrow-headed gartersnakes and more.

  • 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 Adventure

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.

Joyce Corrigan Animal Care Center

The Phoenix Zoo is home to over 3,000 animals and they are all cared for through one center. Get a behind the scenes look into the fascinating world of our Zoo veterinarians as they treat all creatures great and small.

  • Fridays | 1 p.m. (ages 12 and up)

Reptile Rendezvous

What is a rattlesnake’s favorite snack? Find out in this ultimate reptile adventure along our Arizona Trail. Your tour also includes a visit to the Aldabra or Galápagos 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.
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.

Price: $2 per person

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.  

  • 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

Price: $5 per person

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.  

  • 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.

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The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

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