VIP Experiences

Get closer than ever to your favorite animals at a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Experience!

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 NEW!  Stingray VIP Experience

Grab your tray of fish and accompany our aquarists to feed the stingrays.  As you hold the food in your hand, the stingrays will swim over and slurp up their lunch!  Note for participants with allergies:  The stingrays’ food includes shellfish.

DaysSundays-Tuesdays during the zoo season.
Time1:00 – 1:30 PM
Cost$39 per person
AgesAges 6 & up. Maximum group size 4 people.

NEW!  Orangutan VIP Experience

Get nose to nose with our orangutans, including one-year-old Asmara, during a feeding and training session.  Watch as keepers deliver fruits and veggies to the apes and demonstrate training behaviors from behind the scenes.

DaysThursdays – Saturdays during the zoo season.
Time1:00 – 1:30 PM
Cost$99 per person
AgesAges 8 & up. Maximum group size 4 people.

NEW! Vulture VIP Experience

Like all zoo animals, vultures receive expert care.  Join zoo keepers as they deliver whole prey (typically rats) to the birds, then watch as the vultures consume their lunch.  Note:  This VIP Experience is not for the squeamish!

DaysFridays- Mondays during the zoo season.
Time2:30 – 2:50 PM
Cost$29 per person
AgesAges 5 & up. Maximum group size 4 people.

Penguin VIP Experience

Find yourself among the flock as you step onto the penguins’ beach and help keepers deliver lunch to the penguins.  You’ll learn the best way to feed a hungry penguin as keepers share all the details of the penguins’ personalities.

DaysFridays-Mondays during the zoo season.
Time2:00-2:30 PM
Cost$89 per person
AgesAges 8 & up.  Maximum group size 2 people.

Giraffe VIP Experience

Your adventure takes place behind the scenes in the giraffe barn, where you’ll help keepers create special feeders for the zoo’s tallest residents, then watch as the treats are gobbled up!  You’ll find out just how tall giraffes are when you stand toe to toe with these gentle giants and they munch tasty snacks from your hand.

DaysFridays-Mondays during the zoo season.
Time1:00 – 1:30  PM
Cost$79 per person
AgesAges 5 & up. Maximum group size 6 people.

Marriage Proposal Package

Pop the question during our weekly Dive Chats with a little help from our SCUBA diver!  It will be a moment you’ll never forget.

DaysWednesdays and Thursdays during the zoo season
Time1:30 – 1:45 PM
Cost$59

To Register for your VIP Experience

Preregistration is required at least four days in advance of your VIP Experience and openings are limited, so register early! You will receive confirmation of your registration.  Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Questions?  Contact us at 260-427-6800 or by e-mail.

Important Information for your VIP Experience:  VIP Experiences are available only when the zoo is open for the season.  VIP Experience prices do not include zoo admission.  You are free to explore the zoo on your own during normal operating hours before or after your VIP Experience.  No exceptions for stated maximum group size or age limits.  Children age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a VIP Experience ticket.  Participants agree to abide by zoo protocols when visiting behind the scenes as instructed by zoo staff, including the use of protective masks, hand washing or other procedures.  Closed-toed shoes are required for your safety—no sandals.  Photographs taken behind the scenes at the zoo may not be published or shared on social media per the zoo’s Photo and Video Policy.

VIP Experience Cancellation and Refund Policies:  VIP Experiences are held rain or shine.  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.