Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Everyone loves to visit the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium to see their favorite Zoo animals, but the experience can be even more wonderful with out Behind-the-Scenes Tours! Zoo staff will guide you through keeper areas where you can learn even more fascinating details about your favorite animals.

Before you begin…
Please note that Zoo admission fees are not included in tour ticket prices; admission tickets must be purchased prior to your tour so you can be admitted to the Zoo. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the Zoo gates. You should also review our ‘Tour Guidelines and Limitations’ section at the bottom of this page for additional information that may affect your reservations. All tours must be booked by 1:30 p.m. the day prior to the tour.

Standard Tours and Experiences: $30 – $35

TORTOISE ENCOUNTER & REPTILE HOUSE TOUR
An up close look at a gigantic Galapagos tortoise with a Behind-the-Scenes tour featuring the reptile giants of our historic reptile house.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $30/person; Non-members $35/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 6

Currently offered Sundays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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REEF TANK FEED & AQUARIUM TOUR
Tour the Toledo Zoo’s historic Aquarium and feed above our Pacific Coral Reef tank.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $30/person; Non-members $35/person
Ages: All ages
Maximum Group Size: 12

Currently offered Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 5

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Deluxe Tours and Experiences: $45 – $50

CHEETAH ENCOUNTER
Experience the fastest land animal up close with some of our boys’ favorite enrichment!

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $45/person; Non-members $50/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 6

Currently offered Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 5

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PENGUIN ENCOUNTER & CASSOWARY FEED
Meet our African penguins, followed by a feed experience with our cassowaries.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $45/person; Non-members $50/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 6

Currently offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 5

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POLAR BEAR TOUR
Meet with our keepers and get an up close look at our Polar Bear family.

Duration: Approximately 40 minutes
Price: Members $45/person; Non-members $50/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 6

Currently offered Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 11 a.m. through Sept. 5

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Premium Tours and Experiences: $60 – $65

ELEPHANT TRAINING SESSION & TOUR
Discover what it takes to care for the largest mammal on Earth, meet the elephant team and watch a training session.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $60/person; Non-members $65/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 12

Currently offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. through Sept. 5

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OCTOPUS ENCOUNTER WITH AQUARIUM TOUR
Meet an Octopus up close and tour our historic aquarium.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Price: Members $60/person; Non-members $65/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 6

Currently offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. through July 26

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RHINO ENCOUNTER
Join us for this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with our white rhino, Sam. You’ll have the chance to stand next to the largest species of rhino in the world, as well as tour the rhino holding facility and learn how we care for these giants, keeping them occupied and content.

Duration: Approximately 40 minutes
Price: Members $60/person; Non-members $65/person
Ages: 5 years and older
Maximum Group Size: 12

Currently offered Saturdays at 9 a.m. through Sept 5.

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Tour Guidelines and Limitations:

  • Tour experiences may vary based on animals’ behavior that day
  • For the majority of tours, all participants must be 5 years old or older
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an individual in their party who is at least 16 years old
  • When you are on a tour, please follow all staff directions and remain with the group for your personal safety, as well as the welfare of the animals. Please do not touch and/or feed any of the animals you see unless instructed by Zoo staff
  • All tours are walking tours and you will be on your feet the entire time
  • Wagons and strollers are permitted in public areas during tours, but you will be asked to park them during behind-the-scenes portions due to space. Wheelchairs and scooters are accommodated, and we appreciate advance notification so we can be better prepared to meet your needs.
  • Tours are subject to cancellation based on animal needs if necessary.

 

Cancellations & Refund Policy:

  • Please email tours@toledozoo.org if you need to cancel a pre-booked tour
  • If a tour is cancelled 2 days or more before the tour is scheduled to run, you can receive 100% refund or it can be rescheduled
  • If a tour is cancelled the day before a tour is booked, you receive 50% refund or it can be rescheduled
  • If a tour is cancelled the day of a tour or is a “no show,” no refund will be issued
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