Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Premium

The following tours and the Basic Tour packages are for Platypus President’s Level members $2,500-$4,999. Premium tours are non-transferable.

Avian Adventure

This tour provides access to the penguin exhibits, mezzanine area (which holds off-exhibit birds), incubator room, basement holding area, brooder room, flamingo facility, bird winter quarters and the endangered whooping-crane barn. You’ll see some of the rarest birds in the world and discover how the Zoo helps conserve them. Tour is available for up to six adults and children ages 12 and up.

Culinary Delight

Take a stroll and experience an exciting opportunity to feed the Zoo’s Giraffes (“Gentle Giants”). See their long eyelashes up close and watch their amazingly long tongues grasp a leafy branch or cracker from your hand. This tour continues with a trip to the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, where you’ll not only get the chance to feed the animals, but you’ll also see the milking parlor, horse barn and Stackner Family Animal Encounter Building. Finally it’s on to the Aquatic & Reptile Center to feed the pacu. This tour package is only available beginning at 12:30 p.m.. Children must be at least 10 years of age to feed the pacus.

Expedition Back Stage

Explore the less traveled paths of the Milwaukee County Zoo on this private PNC Bank Zoomobile safari ride. Travel to the special summer exhibit and learn about the life history behind these traveling exhibits. You’ll also have the chance to visit the Commissary and discover why our animals rely so heavily on this hidden building. Tour limited to adults ages 18 and up.

  • Tailored to large groups and/or businesses up to 20 people.
  • Box lunches are available for a nominal cost through Zoo Catering with advance notice.

President’s Voyage

This voyage through the Zoo is a customized private tour led by Dr. Bert Davis, President and CEO of the Zoological Society. Discover the events and milestones that inspired many of the fine details and experiences found throughout the grounds. The journey includes stops at backstage quarters, the summer exhibit, and a variety of favorite attractions. This tour provides an extra level of service and convenience for a unique “behind the scenes” experience. Tour stops will be fashioned around the minimum age of participants.

For Platypus members at the President’s Level $5,000-$7,499. Tours are non-transferable.

VIP Voyage

This voyage through the Zoo is a customized, private tour led by Dr. Bert Davis, President and CEO of the Zoological Society, Zoo Director Chuck Wikenhauser or Dr. Bruce Beehler, Deputy Zoo Director. The journey includes stops at backstage quarters, the summer exhibit, and a variety of favorite attractions for a truly special experience. Tour limited to adults ages 18 and up.


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