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Behind the Scenes Tours

Animal Encounter and Safari Tour

The Animal Encounter includes 30 minutes with your chosen animal and their keeper. Feedings and trainings are available on select tours and select times, it all depends on the animal’s cooperation. (They are wild animals)

All Safari Tours include: admission into the park, your own personal guide and personal tram with shaded and cushioned seats, exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House, viewing of all the exhibits and our state of the art Animal Hospital.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There is a lot of preparation that goes into the behind the scene tours. There is a booking lead time of 12 days.
  • Availability: Only 1-2 Animal Encounter and Safari Tours can be booked a week. First come first serve basis so book early and book quickly!
  • Animal Encounters can be cancelled at any time by The Living Desert due to animal health, husbandry or other unforeseen circumstances. In any of these cases we can reschedule, accommodate your group with another encounter of a similar value or refund the total amount for the Animal Encounter.
  • Please call or email Roshan Patel at (760) 346-9810 or rpatel@livingdesert.org for more information or booking.

Behind the Scenes Tours CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Please allow 3 days in advance for cancellation. 50% of total charge of tour will not be refunded if it is within 3 days of the tour. That 50% can be used as credit towards another tour.

Summer Chill Experience Package

The Coolest Tour in Town – Experience the Desert Like Never Before!

BTS_bogo_imageTake advantage of our special Summer Chill Tour Package.

Book a private Behind the Scenes exhibit tour of jaguar, cheetah, giraffe or Grevy’s zebra
And as a bonus, choose an extra tour of warthog, badger or camel!
Package also includes a three hour guided shuttle tour of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Summer Chill Experience package is $150 per person – a savings of 50% off the retail rate!

To book this special offer: Contact Group Sales at (760) 346-9810 or GroupSales@LivingDesert.org and mention Summer Chill. 

Please note: There is a 12 day lead time for tours and a 50% deposit require at time of booking.  Bookings are available June 1 – September 30. Last day to book is Monday, September 30.  Last day to book is Monday, September 18, 2018. Tour times vary.


Animal Encounter and Safari Tour

JAGUAR

Non-Members:$200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

Availability:  8:45 am only offered on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Start Time: 8:45 am Thursday, Saturday, Sunday only

Behind the Scenes Jaguars

You will receive 30 minutes with the Jaguar Zoo Keeper. They will take you into the back service area to see where the Jaguars spend time when they are off exhibit. Before the Jaguars are let out into the exhibit you will be able to go in and lay out enrichment for the jaguars. After you are safely out of the exhibit the keeper will let the jaguars into the exhibit where they head straight to your private viewing area in the front of the exhibit. After Behind the Scenes there is a 2 hour tour with your own guide and tram of the zoo and gardens. There is an exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House, which has a panoramic view of our Amur Leopard Exhibit. There is also a walk through of our Animal Hospital where you will be able to see state of the art equipment which helps our Veterinarians keep our animals in tip top shape.

GIRAFFE

Non-Members: $200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate:$150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

Availability: October – May: 9:00 am and 4:30 pm – offered Monday – Sunday
June – September: 8:00 am only – offered Monday – Sunday

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You will receive 30 minutes with the Giraffe Zoo Keeper. They will take you into the back holding area to see where the Giraffes spend their time when they are off exhibit. In the Giraffe Barn you will be able to have private feedings and photos with the Giraffes. After Behind the Scenes there is a 2 hour tour with your own guide and tram of the zoo and gardens. There is an exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House, which has a panoramic view of our Amur Leopard Exhibit. There is also a walkthrough of our Animal Hospital where you will be able to see state of the art equipment which helps our Veterinarians keep our animals in tip top shape.

GREVY'S ZEBRA

Non-Members:$200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

(Max Capacity of 12 People)

Start Time: 9:00 am or 1:00 pm

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CHEETAH

Non-Members:$200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

(Max Capacity of 10 People)

Start Time: 9:00 am or 2:00 pm


LEOPARD

Non-Members:$200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

(Max Capacity of 6 People)

Start Time: 9:00 am or 2:00 pm


CAMEL PAINTINGS AND TOUR

Non-Members: $200 per person
(4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $150 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

Availability: October – May: Anytime between 9:00 am – 2:30 pm offered Monday – Sunday
June – September: Anytime between 8:30 am – 11:30 am offered Monday – Sunday

behindthescenes_camel

You will receive 30 minutes with the Camel Zoo Keeper. You will be taken to the back viewing area where you will be able to pet, feed and take photos with the Clyde and Gulliver. Before your head to the BTS you will be given a canvas and edible paint. You will be able to select from the available colors to put on your canvas. The Keeper will give you treats to put into the paint. The camels will come over and eat the treats while painting a custom portrait for you to take home. 2 paintings are included in the tour After Behind the Scenes there is a 2 hour tour with your own guide and tram of the zoo and gardens. There is an exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House, which has a panoramic view of our Amur Leopard Exhibit. There is also a walkthrough of our Animal Hospital where you will be able to see state of the art equipment which helps our Veterinarians keep our animals in tip top shape.


The following have 20 minutes with the Zoo Keeper at the animal’s enclosure.

BADGER

(Max Capacity of 10 People)

Potential Members: $100 Per Person
(4 Person Minimum)

Member’s Rate: $75 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)

Start Time: 10:00 am or 1:30 pm

After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70 Members / $85 Potential Members
Please call or email rpatel@livingdesert.org for more information.

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ANKOLE CATTLE

(Max Capacity of 12 People)

Potential Members: $100 Per Person
(4 Person Minimum)

Member’s Rate: $75 Per Person
(2 Person Minimum)

Start Time: 9:00 am or 2:00 pm

After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70 Members / $85 Potential Members
Please call or email rpatel@livingdesert.org for more information.


PECCARY

(Max Capacity of 15 People)

Potential Members: $100 Per Person (4 Person Minimum)

Member’s Rate: $75 Per Person (2 Person Minimum)

Start Time: Anytime between 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70 Members / $85 Potential Members
Please call or email rpatel@livingdesert.org for more information.


WARTHOG

Non-Members: $100 per person (4 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $85.00

Member’s Rate: $75 Per Person (2 Person Minimum)
After the 4th guest: each additional person is only $70.00

Availability: October – May: 10:00 am or 2:00 pm – offered Monday – Sunday
June – September: 9:00 am only – offered Monday – Sunday
(Max Capacity is 8 People)


You will receive 30 minutes with the Warthog Zoo Keeper. They will take you into the back holding area to see where the Warthogs spend their time when they are off exhibit. In the back holding area you will be able to scratch the bellies of our warthogs with a back scratcher. Depending on cooperation and how good you are at scratching the bellies you will be able to see feedings and trainings the animals go through. After Behind the Scenes there is a 2 hour tour with your own guide and tram of the zoo and gardens. There is an exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House, which has a panoramic view of our Amur Leopard Exhibit. There is also a walkthrough of our Animal Hospital where you will be able to see state of the art equipment which helps our Veterinarians keep our animals in tip top shape.



Zoo Works Tours

COMMISSARY TOUR

Non Member: 4 Person Minimum $75.00
Member: 2 Person Minimum $65.00

Availability: This tour is available any day of the week:
October – May: 9:00 am start time only
June – September: 8:00 am start time only
Max Capacity is 6 People

You’ll have 20-30 minutes with the primary and secondary commissary staff. You will be able to see where and how The Living Desert feeds its expansive and unique animal collection! Get a closer look at the details behind how we prepare a variety of diets; order and store all the different ingredients; and get all the meals out to the proper creatures. Price includes Admission and Shuttle Passes for the rest of the day.

BEHIND THE GLASS

The Tennity Wildlife Hospital (Max Capacity of 10 people)

Potential Members: $100 Per Person (4 Person Minimum)

Member’s Rate: $75.00 Per Person (2 Person Minimum)

Start Time: Please call in advance.

Includes 45 min tour behind the glass with Vet Technician, admission and shuttle pass for the rest of the day. NOTE – ANIMALS WILL NOT BE IN THE HOSPITAL DURING TOUR.

PROPAGATION GARDEN TOUR

(Max Capacity of 20 people)

Inquire within for pricing (10 person minimum)

Start Time: Sunday – Thursday @ 9:00 am

Includes admission into the park. You will spend about 60-75 minutes in our propagation garden where you will learn how we grow all of our plants that are located in our park’s gardens. Pot your own cactus and take it home. After the propagation tour you will be taken into the park to see our wonderful garden exhibits. The tour will end at our Palo Verde Nursery with a chat and 20% off any purchases.

WILDLIFE WONDERS BEHIND THE SCENES

(Max Capacity of 8 people)

Meet the Cast and Crew of the Wildlife Behind the Scenes Show

Potential Members: $175.00 Per Person (4 Person Minimum)

Member’s Rate: $125.00 Per Person (2 Person Minimum)

After the 4th guest each additional person is only $70 Members / $85 Potential Members

Start Time: Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am Only

Includes Admission. You will spend 45-60 Minutes with the cast and crew of the Wildlife Wonders Show. After the behind the scenes portion there is a 2 hour Private Safari around the entire park which includes stops at our District Commissioner’s House, which has a panoramic view of our Amur Leopard, and our Wildlife Hospital. Please call at least 12 days in advance to book this tour.

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