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VIP Tours

It's Time to Make Plans for Some Fun in 2022!

Behind-the-Scenes Experiences for 2022 will be available for online purchase
beginning mid-November 2021. Give them as gifts or treat yourself!

Be assured—we have put precautions in place to protect our animals, staff, and guests from COVID-19.

An Amazing Experience...

PUBLIC VIP TOURS are exciting, fun, and educational, and are structured to protect the health and safety of our animals and guests.

PLEASE NOTE:  Guidelines specify the number of people permitted on each tour and specify minimum age requirements for children to attend. Age limits are set in stone. We put them in place to keep our animals, our staff, and our guests safe during these close encounters with wild animals

ACCESSIBILITY: We can modify most tours to accommodate guests with special needs. If you have questions about choosing the best tour for a guest with mobility or other concerns, please email your name and phone number to jparker @nczoo.com so that we can work out a plan to accommodate these needs.

IS THE TOUR YOU WANT SOLD OUT? Let us know so we can add you to a waiting list! Just email jparker@nczoo.com and tell us your name, which tour (both the date and kind of tour) you want to attend, and the number of people who would be in your group. We will notify you if space opens up to accommodate you.

Click on the button below to learn more about these tours and to access a complete listing of available tours. Select any tour option for additional details and guidelines about each.

The price listed for each tour is the price per person.

COVID protocols are still in place for all behind-the-scenes programs.  Download current COVID-19 Guidelines for VIP Program Participants here.

 

Please keep in mind that tour admission prices are tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society and all donations support the North Carolina Zoo's wildlife conservation programs. Tour prices do not include Zoo admission fees for non-members.

Questions about the VIP Tour program may be directed to:

Jayne Owen Parker, PH.D.
NC Zoo Society
jparker@nczoo.com
336.879.7273

Private Behind the Scenes Tours

Public Tours can be booked as Private Tours on dates specified by the buyer. These tours last about an hour and mirror the activities offered during public tours. Private tour groups are limited to four or six people, depending on the tour. A paying adult must accompany any child younger than 17.

If the month that you want to schedule a particular private tour is sold out, and you want us to try to schedule a second tour that month, email jparker@nczoo.com and tell us the following:

  • your name
  • the tour you want to schedule,
  • the date (day and month) you want to schedule your tour.\
  • the age of any children you want to include (Age limits are

Please note: The price listed covers the tour costs for the 4 to 6 people included in your private tour. The extra fee non-members pay for tours provides the buyer with a one-year Family or Grandparent membership to the North Carolina Zoo Society. This membership gives a Family (e.g., one or two adults and the minor children living in their single household) or two Grandparents and their minor grandchildren 12 months of free admission to the North Carolina Zoo and access to other benefits as well.

 

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Download COVID-19 Guidelines for VIP Program Participants.)

Please note that the non-member price provides the buyer with a one-year Family or Grandparent Membership to the North Carolina Zoo Society. This membership provides a Family (e.g., one or two adults and the minor children living in a single household) or Grandparents (e.g., one or more grandparent and all grandchildren) with 12 months of free admission to the North Carolina Zoo and access to other benefits as well.

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All or nearly all of the purchase price is tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society, the private non-profit organization that supports the NC Zoo.