Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Basic
Available to Platypus Circle members at the $500-$2,499 giving level. These tours are transferable.
Great Apes, Primates and Pachyderms
Ages: 10 and older
Broaden your knowledge of primates and their distinctive behaviors. Learn interesting facts about gorillas, orangutans, mandrills, and how conservation efforts in the Congo and at the Zoo are helping with the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for bonobos. Get an overview of where the apes and primates reside when off exhibit and see a food-prep station and a mandrill service area. You and your guests may also travel to the pachyderm area to learn about specialized care facilities and the exceptional attention provided to our largest animals – elephants, rhinos and giraffes.
Jr. Wild Trek
Ages: 9 and under
Explore places in the Zoo that we hand selected for a fun, safe and friendly adventure for families with younger children. This tour may include areas in the Aquatic & Reptile Center, quarters for bears and moose, Moose Barn’s hidden feeding doors, the Commissary or areas in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm. Guests may get the opportunity to feed the goats and other select animals at the farm. This tour also includes a look into the different trains that are operated, where they are stored and serviced, and the history behind the train.
Ride In Style
Ages: All ages
Just sit back and enjoy the ride! This tour takes you on your own personalized in-front-of-the-scenes, cart-driven tour of the Zoo. Your trained guide will chauffer you and your guests through the Zoo while sharing fascinating animal facts and stories. Some topics may include the predator-prey exhibit layout, unique conservation efforts being done at the Zoo, animal enrichment, endangered species, new Zoo animals and more! This tour is a fantastic option for guests with young children not yet walking and people with mobility concerns. *For safety reasons, guests with wheelchairs or walkers or who require assistance transferring onto and off of the cart must be accompanied by a caregiver. Strollers are not allowed on the carts.
Ages: 10 and older
Venture behind-the-scenes to learn about the role of zookeepers and the individualized care and enrichment the animals receive. Tours may include the quarters for bears or moose or the Aquatic & Reptile Center. Other intriguing areas that may be included are the Commissary, hidden areas of the Wolf Woods exhibit and Winter Quarters (also known as hoof stock barns). Recommended as a great first-time tour choice!
Note: Tour experiences may vary. Due to the unpredictability of animals, the Zoological Society reserves the right to cancel or modify any tour due to unforeseen circumstances.