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Behind the Scenes Tours

Zoo Boise is currently closed to the public.  Per the City of Boise’s Staged Reopening of City Facilities and Services (https://www.cityofboise.org/media/9979/reopeningframework-facilitiesservices-final.pdf) announced on April 30, Zoo Boise will open with managed visitor flow and timed entry when Stage 4 is reached.  No exact date is set at this time.  Details will be announced in the coming weeks about new plans and guidelines for visiting the zoo when it is open.

All programs, camps, events and volunteer opportunities are cancelled or postponed through May 31.

For more information on the City of Boise’s COVID-19 plan, please click HERE.

 

 

 

 

Zoo Boise is now offering special behind the scenes tours. This is your chance to get up-close with some of your favorite Zoo Boise animals, including: giraffes, penguins, anteaters, Mr. Mac (Aldabra tortoise), and more.

Behind the Scene Tours – Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

Behind the Scenes Tour Gift Certificate

We are not currently scheduling any tours at this time.  If you would like to purchase a gift certificate for a future behind the scenes tour, we will send you a gift certificate once the zoo reopens and we can resume regular operations.

Behind the scenes tour gift certificates can be used for any tour. The certificate may not cover the entire tour cost depending on how many people and which tour is selected.

Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours gift certificates.

After we reopen, Zoo Boise will contact you to schedule a date and time for your adventure! If you have any questions or would like to purchase a gift certificate over the phone, please call 208-608-7747.

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Giraffe Behind the Scenes Tour

Get up-close and personal with the tallest animal on land, with a private behind the scenes giraffe tour. Not only will you get to meet and feed the Zoo Boise giraffes, but you’ll learn how the giraffes are taken care of by one of our staff members.

Available everyday at 1:30pm and 2:00pm:

  • Cost – $25 for first person, $15 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  6 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Penguin Behind the Scenes Tour

Mar. 21 will be the last date to book a penguin tour until further notice. The penguins are going into breeding/nesting season and for their well being cannot be disturbed during this time. Tours may still be purchased and you will be notified when they resume to schedule.

Get the best view of Zoo Boise’s Magellanic penguin colony, from inside the exhibit on a private behind the scenes tour. Not only will you get to meet and feed the Zoo Boise penguins, but you’ll learn how the penguins are taken care of by one of our staff members.

Available everyday at 11am or 3pm. Not available on pool cleaning days or during nesting/molting season.

  • Cost – $25 for first person, $15 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  4 people
  • Minimum Age – 4 years
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Mr. Mac Meet & Greet (Aldabra Tortoise)

Aldabra Tortoise Tours are currently on hold until further notice while Mr. Mac recovers from a medical procedure. Tours may be purchased but not scheduled until later in the season.

Come meet our favorite Zoo Boise resident, Mr. Mac, a 375 pound Aldabra tortoise on a private behind the scenes tour. Not only will you get to meet and touch Mr. Mac, but you’ll learn how he’s taken care of by one of our staff members.

Available daily at 10:30am:

  • Cost – $20 for first person, $10 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  6 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – Yes
  • Feeding – No
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Anteater Behind the Scenes Tour

Are you ready to meet and feed a giant anteater? You can go on a private behind the scenes tour with one of our staff members and feed one of the anteaters yogurt.

Available at 2pm:

  • Cost – $30 for first person, $20 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  4 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Create an Animal Enrichment

Join one of our staff members to make an enrichment for your favorite Zoo Boise animal and then watch as the animal interacts with it. Enrichment is important, because it encourages the animals to use their natural behaviors and abilities.

Available Animals (Pick One): Parakeet, Patas Monkeys, Servals, Bat-Eared Fox, Indian Flying Fox, Coati, Anteater, and Maned Wolf. If interested in an animal that is not listed, please let us know and we can see if it can be accommodated.

Available everyday at 11:30am or 3:30pm:

  • Cost – $15 for first person, $5 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size – 8 people
  • Minimum Age – None
  • Length – 20-30 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:4
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – No
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with tours
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Have additional questions?  Please call (208) 608-7744.

Behind the Scenes Tours Guidelines

  • Tours must be booked at least 1 week in advance.
  • If necessary, tours may be rescheduled based upon animal needs.
  • Tours can be rescheduled by the customer if cancellation needs to be made more than 24 hours in advance. With less than 24 hours’ notice, rescheduling and refunds are not available.
  • If a tour is cancelled due to animal issues and another date is not available, a refund will be given.
  • Gift certificates may be purchased online.
  • Zoo admission is not included with Behind the Scenes Tours and must be purchased separately.
  • Only one tour can be booked per day.
  • Guests are required to sign a waiver.
  • Pictures are welcomed, so bring your cameras!
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)
  • All sales are final and tours are nonrefundable

When you register for a class or program with the Zoo Boise/City of Boise, this Personal Release Statement is implied: I understand that the registered activities and services may have an element of hazard or inherent danger and I take full responsibility for my actions and physical condition. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Friends of Zoo Boise, Zoo Boise, the City of Boise and its employees from any liability loss, cost or expense (including attorney’s fees, medical and ambulance costs) that I may incur while participating in the activities at the zoo. I give my consent to use any photographs or videotape taken of me in future promotional or marketing materials.