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Behind-the-Scenes Safari

White rhino with calf

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Although the Zoo and Safari Park are temporarily closed, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for the animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

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Choose Your Behind-the-Scenes Safari:

Butterflies and Friends

All Ages
$119 AND UP*
Offered select dates; 2 hours

On this walking tour, you will enjoy exclusive guided access to the Safari Park's most popular springtime attraction: Butterfly Jungle! Our knowledgeable guides will introduce you to our butterflies in a crowd-free environment, and you'll learn about the importance of conserving pollinators. We will also visit with some of the Park's other winged friends, with a feeding opportunity and the chance to meet some of our ambassador animals and their wildlife care specialists, up close.

Platypus sitting on a rock.

Platypuses and Friends

Ages 3 and up**
$87 AND UP*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Visit behind the scenes at Walkabout Australia! On this 90-minute guided tour, you will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Park's newest exhibit and learn what makes the platypus one of nature's most unusual mammals. The tour will include a possible feeding opportunity and a close-up encounter with an animal ambassador. You will hear about the work we are doing to help these animals and learn what you can do to help their wild counterparts.

Participants must be 3 years of age or older. Children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Elephants and Friends

Ages 3 & up**
$87 AND UP*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Go on safari behind the scenes at Elephant Valley! On this guided tour, you will learn about the amazing ways we care for our animals and how what we do here can help their wild counterparts. You will enjoy an up-close animal encounter with one our animal friends, in addition to viewing Elephant Valley from a private viewing area while discovering what it takes to care for our one-of-a-kind African elephant herd.

Tigers and Friends

Ages 3 and up**
$87 and up*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Get a rare look behind the scenes at Tiger Trail to learn how we care for our magnificent tigers! Your adventure will include an up-close animal encounter with an animal friend, a walk through Tiger Trail, and a visit to our off-exhibit tiger keeper area. Up to 60 minutes of walking or standing is required.

A row of three female southern white rhinos seen from the front.

Rhinos and Friends

Ages 3 and up**
$87 and up*
Offered select dates; 90 minutes
Go behind the scenes at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center—a 3.5-acre state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the conservation of white rhinos, with a focus on assisted reproductive techniques highlighting our fight to end extinction. In addition, you’ll journey around the Safari Park’s unique multispecies field enclosures. Up to 60 minutes of walking or standing is required.
close up of three kangaroos

Roos and Mates

Ages 3 & up**
$87 AND UP*
Offered select dates; 90 minutes

Travel Down Under to visit some of your favorite hopping marsupials at the Safari Park's new Walkabout Australia. You will enjoy up-close encounters with some of the Safari Park's newest Australian mates. While visiting the Walkabout, you will learn how the Park provides our animals with top-notch care, view their off-exhibit homes, and have an opportunity to feed a roo! About 90 minutes of walking or standing is required. 

 

Cheetahs and Friends

Ages 3 and up**
$87 and up*
Offered select dates; 90 minutes

Venture behind the scenes at Benbough Amphitheater to meet one of our cheetahs! Learn more about cheetah conservation and how we care for the Safari Park’s cheetahs, and enjoy an up-close encounter with one of the Safari Park’s other animals.

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