Behind the Scenes

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Behind the Scenes

Book your behind-the-scenes experiences online today!


Some things to know when booking your behind-the-scenes experience:

  • All participants must be at least 8 years old.
  • Protect your feet! Closed-toe shoes are a must.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must have an adult present.
  • Your experience may be modified because of weather. In the event or threat of severe weather (lightning, hail, heavy winds/rain), the experience may need to be rescheduled.
  • If you arrive 15 minutes or later after your scheduled tour begins, the encounter will be rescheduled.
  • Please call 817-759-7216 if you need to contact someone about your scheduled encounter.**
  • The Zoo reserves the right to end a program early if participants do not follow encounter guidelines.
** Tours may be rescheduled at a mutually agreed upon date, but there are no refunds once a tour is booked.

Giraffe Experience

During this experience, guests will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes in the giraffe barn, meet our herd and learn about diets, enrichment, Giraffe Experience at the Fort Worth Zootraining and more. 

  • Each experience is $200 per person for up to five (5) people and lasts up to 60 minutes.
  • Encounter begins promptly at 9 a.m. If you arrive after 9:15 a.m., your tour will need to be rescheduled.
    • From July 11 through Aug. 31, the encounter will begin at 8 a.m.
  • You will meet your tour guide at the front entrance by the big pink elephant, which is located to the left of the Zoo's main ticket booths.
  • Zoo admission is included.
  • A maximum of five (5) people are allowed per experience. Sorry, no exceptions.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. No unescorted youth will be allowed.
  • Experience must be scheduled 7 days in advance.
  • Please, no photography when indoors. 
  • One parking pass for a single vehicle is included; each additional vehicle will require a parking pass, which is $5.
  • Payment is nonrefundable; in the event or threat of inclement weather (rain, flooding, temperatures below 50 degrees) or animal medical reasons, the tour will need to be rescheduled.

 

Tortoise ExperienceTortoise Experience at the Fort Worth Zoo

Come meet these gentle giants. Join zookeepers as you enter into the Aldabra tortoise yard to share space with these amazing tortoises. How much do they weigh? What do they eat? Can they swim? Come armed with questions as you'll have time to chat with zoo keepers during the experience as well.

  • Available the third Saturday and Sunday of every month from May through Sept.
  • Each experience is $75 per person for up to five (5) people and lasts up to 20 minutes.
  • Encounter begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.
  • Closed toed shoes are required.
  • Zoo admission is included.
  • A maximum of five (5) people are allowed per experience. No exceptions.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. No unescorted youth will be allowed.
  • Experience must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
  • One parking pass for a single vehicle is included; each additional vehicle will require a parking pass, which is $5.
  • Payment is nonrefundable; in the event or threat of inclement weather (rain, flooding, temperatures below 50 degrees) or animal medical reasons, the tour will need to be rescheduled.

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We are in the process of slowly bringing back our behind-the-scenes experiences. To connect in a virtual one-on-one experience with the Zoo, click here. For questions about animal experiences, please email outreachinfo@fortworthzoo.org Or call 817-759-7216.


For more information, contact the the animal outreach department:

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7216
email: outreachinfo@fortworthzoo.org