Get closer than ever to your favorite animals at an exclusive VIP Experience! You’ll be guided by an expert zoo keeper as you step behind the scenes at the zoo. Space is limited for these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
VIP Experiences are available only when the zoo is open for the season.
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Giraffe Feeding and Behind-the-Scenes Visit
Set your sights high! You’ll be in awe as you stand toe to toe with members of the giraffe herd in our state-of-the-art Giraffe Barn in the African Village. Help keepers create a tasty treat for the giraffes, try your hand at cleaning a stall, and see how you measure up to the world’s tallest mammal. A truly unforgettable experience! Ages 8 and older only.
Available select Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. during the zoo season. Pay one fee for a group of 1-4 people: $250. Includes Zoo Admission.
Join keepers at feeding time in the penguin exhibit. Help the zoo keepers deliver fish to the flock and fill out the penguins’ diet log book! Long pants recommended. Ages 8 and older only.
Available select Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. during the zoo season. Pay one fee for a group of 1-2 people: $150. Includes Zoo Admission.
Calling all future marine biologists! Help our aquarists feed the jellies, get a personalized tour of the aquarium workroom, and touch a real jellyfish! Ages 8 and older only.
Available select Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. during the zoo season. Pay one fee for a group of 1-4 people: $150. Includes Zoo Admission.
Get creative! Go behind the scenes with Tengku and Melati and watch as they create a unique painting right before your eyes – then take the painting with you for a one-of-a-kind home accent. Ages 8 and older only.
Available select Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. during the zoo season. Pay one fee for a group of 1-4 people: $350. Includes Zoo Admission.
Lion Feeding & Morning Rounds
Experience the ultimate adventure as you visit the lions’ den with a zoo keeper! Greet Bill and Ina in their indoor quarters, feed the cats “meatballs” then watch from a hidden viewing area as they enter their domain for the day. Ages 13 and older only.
Available select Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 a.m. during the zoo season. Pay one fee for a group of 1-4 people: $450. Includes Zoo Admission.
To Register for your VIP Experience
Contact the Zoo Education Department by phone at 260-427-6808 during regular business hours to schedule your VIP Experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register in person at the zoo weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Full payment is required at the time of registration.
Important information for your VIP Experience:
Closed-toed shoes are required; no sandals. Participants agree to abide by zoo protocols when visiting behind the scenes as instructed by zoo staff, including the use of protective masks, handwashing, or other procedures. Ages 8 and older only. No exceptions for stated maximum group size or age limits. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult (children may not attend on their own). Fee includes zoo admission for participants. You are free to explore the zoo on your own during normal operating hours before or after your VIP Experience.
VIP Experiences are held rain or shine. You will receive confirmation. Openings are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance, but the zoo will make every effort to reschedule your VIP Experience. The zoo reserves the right to cancel any VIP Experience or offer an equivalent substitute at any time due to animal health or safety issues. In the event of a zoo cancellation a full refund will be offered.