VIP Public Tour 2024 – Black Bear and Grizzly Bear

Tour Details

Tour Dates: March 16, April 27, June 1, July 20, September 14, October 26

Tour Time and Meeting Place: 1:30 p.m.; Guests meet at the Grizzly Bear Exhibit.

Minimum Age: 10 years  – A paying adult must accompany any child younger than 18.

Tour Overview:  This tour usually ends around 2:45 a.m. Guests go behind the scenes with zookeepers to observe how they train and interact with both bear species. Keepers will discuss their role in providing behavioral enrichment activities to the bears and how they evaluate the success of these activities.

ADA Status: This tour is ADA-accessible, but the terrain around the off-habitat areas is somewhat uneven. Please note mobility issues on the tour order form so we can be prepared to assist guests if necessary.


Our Commitment to Safety

Safety Notes: To accommodate the needs of our guests and staff, we limit the number of people attending this tour to 10.

Guests may not approach or try to touch any of the Zoo’s bears and must follow the keepers’ and guides’ instructions on where to stand during the presentations. We want to do all we can to keep everyone safe and ensure that our bears remain comfortable and stress-free during the programming.

Current Health Requirements: Guests are not currently required to wear masks or gloves to participate in this tour. However, the Zoo may need to implement some health measures (e.g., requiring guests to wear gloves) if new or more serious medical hazards emerge to threaten the well-being of our animals, guests, or staff. 

If we change the medical restrictions noted on the tour after selling tickets to the program, we will email ticketholders about these changes and will also report them in the following paragraph. Ticketholders who cannot accommodate these introduced changes can receive a full refund for their tour purchase or, if they prefer, may sign up for an alternate tour with acceptable health restrictions.

Original Health Requirements Are Unchanged: The Zoo Society has not adjusted any health requirements since first posting information on this tour.