Big Cat - Big Opportunity! Big Cat - Big Opportunity!


Big Cat - Big Opportunity!

This is your chance to meet a jaguar up close and learn about these powerful felines from a member of the animal care team. 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: 2-6 guests

2-4 guests: $200 per person

5-6 guests: $150 per person

10% discount for members

Duration: 3 hours

October – May: Tuesdays - Sundays, 8:45am or 12:30pm

June – September: Tuesdays - Sundays, 7:45am


For more information and to book your tour, contact group sales at (760) 346-9810 or email


Booking and Cancellation Policy for Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Tours must be booked at least 12-days ahead of your desired date. Payment 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 it 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.