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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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Tiger Experience

Private Tiger Experiences are hosted by a zoo staff member. Guests will watch as a zookeeper does a training session with our tiger, Akasha. They will observe behaviors and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Available any day at 9:30AM:

  • Cost – $60 first person, $20 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
  • 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 Private Animal Experiences.

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Tamarin Experience

Join us to watch a zoo keeper do a tamarin training session or offer enrichment, depending on the animal’s preference. You’ll learn all about tamarins and the importance of these activities.

Available any day at 9:30AM:

  • Cost – $35 first person, $20 each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size –  8 people
  • Minimum Age – NA
  • 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 Private Animal Experiences.

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Crocodile Experience

Are you intrigued by crocodiles? These magnificent creatures are truly amazing! Zoo Boise is now offering the opportunity for a private experience at our own Pandora’s exhibit. This experience will include a look behind the scenes at the croc chute to see how Pandora moves between her inside and outside exhibits and where her veterinary procedures occur. It is possible that Pandora could be in the chute but cannot be guaranteed. A zoo staff member will guide the tour and be available to answer any questions you may have.

Available any day at 11AM or 3PM:

  • Cost – $30 first person, $20 each additional person (fees are required for ages 3+)
  • Maximum Group Size –  4 people
  • Minimum Age – 2 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1/3
  • Touching – No
  • Feeding – Yes
  • Fully closed shoes are required for this experience. No sandals, crocs, flip flops, sling backs, or clogs allowed.
  • 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 Private Animal Experiences.

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Reptile Experience

Reptile lovers, this is your chance to meet some of Zoo Boise’s reptiles from the education collection. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn about animals that aren’t normally on exhibit. Zoo staff will be available to answer questions and offer facts and information. This collection is ever changing and could include snakes, lizards, tortoises, and more. Reptiles will be chosen by zoo staff based on availability. Specific requests are not accepted.

Available Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 11AM or 3PM and Saturday at 3PM:

  • Cost – $35 for first person, $20 for each additional person, plus online fees
  • Maximum Group Size –  6 people
  • Minimum Age – 4 years
  • Length – 20 minutes
  • Adult to Child Ratio – 1:3
  • Touching – Possible
  • Feeding – No
  • Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Private Animal Experiences.

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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

Join us to watch a zookeeper do a sand cat training session or offer enrichment, depending on the animal’s preference. You’ll learn all about the smallest member of the cat family and the importance of these activities.

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 daily:

  • 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 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.