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Private Animal Experiences

All Private Experiences are weather and animal dependent.

Zoo Boise has a variety of private animal experiences available. There is sure to be one that peeks your interest and fits your schedule. Animal experiences also make great gifts for friends and family at birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or for any special occasion.

Please be advised that private animal experiences must be booked at least one week in advance and are subject to availability.

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Private Animal Experiences

Private Animal Experience Gift Certificate

Some Private Animal Experiences are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Gift certificates may be purchased for those currently available or used for others when they resume.

Private Animal Experience gift certificates can be used for any experience. The certificate may not cover the entire experience cost depending on how many people and which experience is selected For specific information on experience costs, click on the experience below.

Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experience gift certificates. At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18.

Your gift certificate will be emailed within two business days after purchase. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a gift certificate over the phone, please call 208-608-7744.

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African Wild Dog Zipline Experience

Although it sounds thrilling – NO, you will not be ziplining through the wild dog exhibit.  You do get to observe as our three boys, Dax, Teddy, and Cassius, get fresh meat ziplined into their exhibit. The dogs love this enrichment and it’s very exciting to watch. You’ll learn about African wild dogs from zoo staff in a private setting before the zoo opens to the public and observe their morning behaviors, Afterwards you are welcome to tour the rest of the zoo on your own for as long as you like. A portion of the proceeds from each experience goes to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund to help protect animals in the wild.

Available on specific dates at 8:45AM

  • This experience may include other guests, but is not open to the public
  • $25 per person
  • Zoo admission included
  • Observation is done outside the exhibit
  • No touching of the wild dogs
  • No feeding of the wild dogs
  • All encounters begin at 8:45AM
  • Wild Dog Experiences are on specific dates
  • Purchase must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your selected date. Orders received after that cannot be accommodated and will be ask to choose another date.
  • Wild Dog Experiences are non-refundable. Rescheduling is possible if dates are available.
  • A zoo staff member will contact you within two business days after purchase with check-in details

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Multi Animal Feeding Experience

Interested in what or how the animals at Zoo Boise are fed? This is your chance to observe multiple animals receive their daily diets. Your group will be led by a zoo staff member, where you will observe the animals being fed and have the chance to ask questions or simply enjoy the experience.

Available at 10AM and 3PM daily:

  • Cost – $60 for first person, $20 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size – 8 people
  • Length – 45 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Observation only
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with training experience.

Click on the link below to see what animals are currently available for this experience.

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Private Maned Wolf Training Experience

Join us to watch a zoo keeper training session with our maned wolves! You’ll learn interesting facts about these unique animals and the importance of training.

Available at 9:15AM daily:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $20 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size – 8 people
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – No
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with training experience.

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Private Sand Cat Training Experience

Come watch a zookeeper do a training session with our new and very popular sand cats! You’ll learn all about the smallest member of the cat family and the importance of training.

Available at 9:15AM on Saturdays – Thursdays:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $20 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size – 8 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – No
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with training experience.

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Private Anteater Feeding Experience

Are you ready to feed a giant anteater? You and up to three friends or family members can feed McCauley, our male giant anteater, in a private experience hosted by Zoo Boise staff.

Available at 4:15PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • Cost – $30 for first person, $20 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size –  4 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experiences.
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.

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Private Lion Experience

A private lion experience hosted by the zoo director or general curator.

Guests will watch from indoors as lions are released from den first thing in the morning. They will observe behaviors and a training session. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with zoo staff.

Available at 10:30AM every day of the week. Subject to staff availability.

  • Cost – $60 for first person, $20 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size –  10 people
  • Minimum Age – none
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:4
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – No
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experiences.
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.

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Private Giraffe Experience

Get up-close and personal with the tallest animal on land, with a Private Giraffe Experience. 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 at 11:00AM or 3:00PM:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $20 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  6 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experiences.
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.

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Private Penguin Experience

Penguin Experiences are Currently Unavailable

Not available on pool cleaning days or during nesting & molting season.

Get the best view of Zoo Boise’s Magellanic penguin colony, from inside the exhibit on a Private Penguin Experience. 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 at 11:00AM or 3:00PM:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $20 for each additional person
  • Maximum Group Size –  4 people
  • Minimum Age – 4 years
  • Length – 30 minutes
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experiences.
  • After purchase, a Zoo Boise representative will contact you via email within two business days to schedule a date or send a gift certificate.

Private Animal Experience Guidelines

  • Private Animal Experiences must be booked at least 1 week in advance.
  • If necessary, Private Animal Experiences may be cancelled or rescheduled by zoo staff based upon animal needs. If cancelled by the zoo, a full refund will be issued.
  • Private Animal Experiences are nonrefundable, but may be rescheduled with a 24 hour notice.
  • Gift certificates may be purchased on our online store.
  • Zoo admission is not included with Private Animal Experiences and must be purchased separately.
  • Only one Private Animal Experience can be booked per day.
  • Waivers are required for some experiences.
  • Pictures are welcomed, so bring your cameras!
  • At least one paid adult is required to accompany all children under the age of 18.

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.