Zoo Tours

The Milwaukee County Zoo is a fun place to visit. We also have some great ways to learn more about the animals and about the way the Zoo operates. Zoo Pride, the volunteer auxiliary of the Zoological Society, offers two kinds of tours, year-round, to meet your needs.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours
  • Walking Tours
  • Zoo Director's Tours
  • Poetry Tour
  • Zoo Art Tour

Learn more about how the keepers do what they do and venture behind the scenes as a tour guide leads you in and around animal exhibit areas and zookeeper work areas in selected areas of the Zoo. You are encouraged to bring a camera to capture your experience. Tours include walking and stair climbing to access the off-scene areas. Tours last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Tours are available for a minimum fee of $50 per tour, not including Milwaukee County Zoo admission and parking fees, and should be booked at least four weeks in advance of the desired date. Due to the nature of this tour, participants need to be age 12 or older. Please complete our information request form or call the Zoo Pride volunteer office at (414) 258-5667 to receive additional information. The behind-the-scenes tour chairperson will return your call to book a tour or provide more information. Gift certificates also are available for these fun tours.

If you enjoy leisurely strolls through the Zoo and have always wanted to learn more about the animals you see, consider one of our walking tours. Tours usually last 2 1/2 hours but can be tailored to meet your needs. These tours are perfect for family outings or adult groups. Specific programs tailored to school groups are available through the Zoological Society's Education Department, and requests from schools will be referred to that department.

The outdoor animal areas are highlighted during late spring, summer and early fall. The animal buildings are the primary focus in late fall and winter. However, in the winter months guides are willing to take your group to see our North American animals that thrive in our Wisconsin winters.

The cost of a walking tour is $10 per guide, not including Milwaukee County Zoo admission and parking fees, with up to 10 people per guide. Tours should be confirmed at least three weeks in advance of the desired date.

To arrange your tour or to obtain additional information, please complete our information request form or contact the Zoo Pride office at (414) 258-5667 and leave your name, phone number and the size of your group as well as the date and time of your requested tour. The volunteer chairperson will return your call.

The proceeds from all of these tours benefit Zoo Pride volunteer programs.

See the Zoo from a different perspective with one of our tours.

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