VIP Tours
In response to the pandemic, all VIP Tours have been suspended until further notice.


Nearly every Saturday, from late March to late October, the Zoo Society schedules VIP tours that take visitors behind-the-scenes with some of the Zoo's most popular animals. We limit the size of these tours to allow everyone time to talk to the keepers and, in some cases, to feed the animals.

These tours are arranged to be exciting, fun, and educational, but we also structure the tours to protect the health and safety of our animals and our guests. The Animal Division has established guidelines that limit the number of people allowed on each tour and specify how old a child must be to attend a tour.

Click on one of the buttons below to see a complete listing of available VIP Tours. Select any tour option to read details and guidelines about each.

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


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

Questions about the VIP Tour program may be directed to:

Dr. Jayne Owen Parker
NC Zoo Society

Private Behind the Scenes Tours

We will work with individuals to arrange private, behind-the-scenes tours with many of the Zoo's animals.

The price for a private tour is $535 for North Carolina Zoo Society members and $595 for non-members. Private tours are limited to no more than six people, and a paying adult must accompany any child younger than 16. The price listed covers six people.

For an additional fee, we can make some minor changes to our standard tours to accommodate special requests from individuals celebrating an important milestone such as a birthday, anniversary, or marriage proposal. We consider these requests on a case-by-case basis and do not permit changes that violate Animal Division guidelines or that involve touching or petting a zoo animal. The minimum add-on fee for these special requests is $100. The  actual add-on price will depend on the special arrangements that are made.

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



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.