Your lunchtime adventure on the Africa!Overlook.

Picnic on Safari is a full-service dining experience by reservation only. The Picnic on Safari patio at the Africa! overlook is only accessible to Picnic on Safari guests during reserved times, allowing for a private meal and plenty of space with an excellent view!

Available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

What a meal! What a view!


Treat yourself to a remarkable experience and a great, full-service meal. If you order a standard meal without the ostrich feed, you will be seated immediately at your reserved time, your beverages will be served, and your lunch will be served shortly after you arrive. A variety of desserts are available for an additional charge. Valid ID must be presented for beer purchases, and beer can be served and consumed only within the reserved section. During your meal you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of our Africa! exhibit with giraffes, zebra, ostriches, wildebeest, impala and more!

You can also try a cool experience by participating in one of our Behind the Scenes Ostrich Feeds! Go behind the scenes where you will meet a Toledo Zoo keeper who will escort you to the Africa! exhibit to see the ostriches face to face. The keeper will offer various information and guide guests on how to hand-feed lettuce to the ostriches through a chain link fence. **Animal Encounter Guests, Please Note – All members in your party must be 5 years or older.  When you arrive for your Picnic-on-Safari, you will experience your ostrich encounter first, then you’ll be brought back to the reserved seating area to enjoy your lunch afterwards. Watch the video below to see how fun it can be (you have to try this on your next visit!)

You are Helping Conservation Efforts Too!

By participating, you also become a “feathery godparent,” helping the Toledo Zoo adopt and support an endangered red-necked ostrich in the wild.  Red-necked ostriches have disappeared in about 95% of their range, and are almost extinct from the African country of Niger.  The Saharan Conservation Fund has created an Adopt-an-Ostrich program in Niger, with supporting funds covering costs of acquisition (obtaining the animals), care, and feed of the ostriches, as well as maintenance & updates to the ostrich facilities.  So sign up for this unique opportunity, and make your Zoo visit memorable for your family and for ostriches in the wild. 

Picnic on Safari Menu

Please note: all menu pricing listed below includes sales tax amounts

Adult Lunches

$11.24 each (tax included) or
$27.29 each (tax included) for the seating times that include admission to the Behind the Scenes Ostrich Feed from 12 pm - 1:30 pm.

Grilled chicken sandwich platter
Grilled BBQ chicken breast with melted Swiss, lettuce, tomato, and red onion served on a Kaiser bun with coleslaw, fresh cut fruit, Lays potato chips and a pickle spear.

Pulled BBQ chicken sandwich platter
Shredded BBQ chicken served on a Kaiser bun with coleslaw, fresh cut fruit, Lays potato chips and a pickle spear.

Hamburger or cheeseburger platter
Certified Angus Beef patty, grilled medium well, topped with your choice of cheese (American, Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone), lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served on a Kaiser bun with cole slaw, fresh cut fruit, Lays potato chips and a pickle spear.

Deli turkey or ham sandwich platter
Sliced turkey or ham, cheese of your choice(America, Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone), with lettuce and tomato and red onion on a Kaiser bun, served with cole slaw, fresh cut fruit, Lays potato chips and a pickle spear.

Grilled chicken garden salad
Toss salad mix with cucumber, tomato, red onion, topped with a 6-oz. chicken breast, and your choice of dressing (Ranch, French, Italian), served with a side of fresh cut fruit.

Veggie burger platter
Veggie burger patty, grilled medium well, topped with your choice of cheese (American, Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone) lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served on a Kaiser bun with coleslaw, fresh cut fruit, Lays potato chips and a pickle spear.

Kid/Senior Lunches

$7.44 (tax included) each or
$23.43 each (tax included) for the seating times that include admission to the Behind the Scenes Ostrich Feed from 12 pm - 1:30 pm.

Deli turkey or ham sandwich
Half of a deli sandwich with lettuce tomato and your choice of cheese (American or Swiss), served with Lays potato chips and fresh cut fruit

Hot dog
100% all beef hot dog with condiments, served with Lays potato chips, fresh cut fruit and a pickle spear

PB&J
Peanut butter & jelly sandwich with Lays potato chips and fresh cut fruit

Beverage Choices:

Fountain beverages (free with meal—includes free refills):
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer, Tropicana Twister, Sobe Yumberry Pomegranate, water

Beverage options for additional charge:
Kid Souvenir Cup with any fountain beverage listed above: $3.37 (tax included)
(Souvenir cups receive free refills while dining and discounted refills at concession stations throughout the Zoo)
25 cents of each kids souvenir cup purchase is applied to our Conservation Today program.

Adult Souvenir Cup with any fountain beverage listed above: $6.37 (tax included)
(Souvenir cups receive free refills while dining and discounted refills at concession stations throughout the Zoo)
50 cents of each adult souvenir cup purchase is applied to our Conservation Today program.

Lemonade:$1.93 (tax included)
Iced tea: $1.93 (tax included)

Frozen lemonade: $2.78 (tax included)

Beer (valid ID must be presented during seating before beverages can be served)
Beer selection: Bud Light, Yuengling, Corona: $4.55 (tax included)

Dessert options

1/2 dozen fresh-baked cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar or oatmeal raisin): $6.42 (tax included)
or
1/2 dozen cupcakes (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting or white cake with buttercream frosting): $8.03 (tax included)

Lunch seating times

*Please note: all reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance
The Picnic on Safari program offers three reserved lunch seating times:

Reserved seating and full-service dining only (no ostrich feed)

11:15 am to 12 pm and 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Lunch with the Behind-the-Scenes Ostrich Feed: 12 to 1:30 pm

Animal Encounter Guests, Please Note: Due to space limitations, we can accept a maximum of 10 visitors on the animal encounter per date. Reservations are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  All members in your party must be 5 years or older.  When you arrive for your Picnic-on-Safari, you will experience your ostrich encounter first, then you’ll be brought back to the reserved seating area to enjoy your lunch afterwards (~12:45 p.m.).

Severe weather contingency
In case of severe weather conditions, we encourage you to call Visitor Services at 419.389.6561

Place your Reservation and Order TODAY!

To place you order online, use the link below to check availability and then proceed with your reservation and lunch order.
* Please note: all online reservations require a lunch order paid in full online today or the reservation may be canceled.

Check availability and make your Picnic on Safari reservation online today!

You can also call our Group Sales department at 419.385.5721, ext. 6001 Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm to get assistance in making your reservation.