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Private Animal Experiences

Some experiences are currently suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Gift certificates may be purchased at any time and can be used once experience resumes. 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.

Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experience gift certificates.

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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.

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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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 through June 23 at 9:00am on Mondays – Fridays:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $10 for each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size – 8 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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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 9:30am every day of the week. Subject to staff availability.

  • Cost – $50 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
  • 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 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 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.
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Private Penguin Experience

Private Penguin Experiences are currently suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Experience may be purchased and will be able to be redeemed once they resume.

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 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 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.
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Mr. Mac Meet & Greet (Aldabra Tortoise)

Mr. Mac Meet and Greets are currently suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Experience may be purchased and will be able to be redeemed once they resume.

Come meet our favorite Zoo Boise resident, Mr. Mac, a 375 pound Aldabra tortoise on a Private Animal Experience. 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 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.
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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Create an Animal Enrichment

Create an Animal Enrichment is currently suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Experience may be purchased and will be able to be redeemed once they resume.

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 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.
  • Close toed shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)

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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 online.
  • 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!
  • Close toed shoes are required for some experiences (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.).

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.