Herd on over to the Giraffe Barn!
This is our most popular behind-the-scenes encounter. Follow a member of the animal care team as they guide you through an up-close and personal tour of the Zoo’s giraffe herd; plus learn about the conservation efforts The Living Desert is taking to save this incredible species. This 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour may include a private feeding demonstration, unique photo opportunity, training session or enrichment experience.
Behind-the-Scenes tours also include a two-hour safari of the zoo and gardens with your own guide and private shuttle. Tours stop at every major habitat, and your personal tour guide will lead you throughout the park, weaving animal facts, park history, and more into a fun and engaging experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. You'll visit the state-of-the-art animal hospital and learn about how we provide the highest-level of care for all of our animals, as well as discover how our team works tirelessly to help save species threatened with extinction. You'll also explore the District Commissioner's House; a unique, post-colonial building, closed to the public, for a private viewing of the majestic Amur leopard.
Capacity: 2-20 guests
2-4 guests: $200 per guest
5-10 guests: $150 per guest
11-20 guests: $125 per guest
10% discount for members
Duration: 3 hours
October – May: Daily at 8:45am
June – September: Daily at 7:45am
Booking and Cancellation Policy for Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Tours must be booked at least 12-days ahead of your desired date. A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking. If you need to cancel, we ask that you do so at least 7 days before your tour. If you cancel within 7 days of your tour, The Living Desert retains 25% of the total amount of the tour, which is non-refundable. Animal Encounters and Behind-the-Scenes tours 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 tour.