Discovery Tours

Discovery Tours

Looking for a deeper dive into the workings of the zoo? Follow a veteran keeper through the staff-only doors to see what it takes to run a zoo—from providing an enriching environment to re-creating an ocean—on our behind-the-scenes discovery tours. 

Discover Care and Conservation!

Available select Thursdays through Sundays from 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

Learn more about the zoo’s commitment to conservation with a guided walk at condors and elephants. Go behind the scenes in the zoo’s Veterinary Medical Center and Forest Hall to discover how the zoo cares for animals of all sizes.

Zoo members: $40 per person
Nonmembers: $45 per person
Ages 10 and up. 

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Discover Zoo After Hours!

Available select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

See the zoo in a whole new light on a guided after-hours tour. Learn how the zoo creates an ocean for seals and sea otters, go behind the scenes at the Veterinary Medical Center to learn more about zoo veterinary care and look down on elephants getting an evening treat from the behind the scenes elevated walkway.

Zoo members: $60 per person
Nonmembers: $60 per person
Ages 10 and up.

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Discover Northwest!

Available select Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from April through October

The Oregon Zoo has recreated the entire Pacific Northwest – from mountains to coast - in the space of ten acres. Go behind the scenes of the black bear, sea otter and seal exhibits to discover the many moving parts of this complex operation and learn about how keepers care for these native Northwest animals.

Zoo members: $40 per person
Nonmembers: $45 per person
Ages 10 and up.

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Discover Africa!

Available select Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. from April through October

Learn about the vital role that training plays in animal welfare. Go behind the scenes at giraffes, cheetahs and lions to discover the importance of exhibit design in both the public and back of house areas.

Zoo members: $40 per person
Nonmembers: $45 per person
Ages 10 and up.

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Discovery Tour Registration Information

  • Children ages 10 and up are welcome. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Discovery Tours do not include zoo admission. Admission must be purchased separately.
  • Programs involving zoo animals are subject to change or cancellation based on animal needs. However, every effort will be made to offer alternate areas or reschedule tours. Please note that Discovery tours do not include animal contact. In addition, because these most tours take place during zoo hours, animals will generally be on exhibit and not in the behind-the-scenes areas.
  • All discovery tours require walking in working areas that include stairs. They are not wheelchair-accessible.