Your group can share an experience like none other: behind the scenes at the Saint Louis Zoo. Get a peek at what it's like to be a zookeeper. See the animals up close and personal. Each tour provides the enthralling, breathtaking experience of seeing the world's dramatic wildlife up close.

As part of your zoo experience, you will first be met with one of our knowledgeable Volunteer Tour Guides that will lead you on a 10-15 walking tour of the zoo. While on your way to your tour destination, they will discuss some of our zoo history, fun facts, new exhibits and more. Upon arrival to your tour area, you will have the opportunity to speak with our animal care staff one on one, learn about the animals, our conservation initiatives and the Zoo’s mission.

Due to various animal considerations, availability and capacity limitations do apply. 

(Note: Duration times are approximate.)

Before you book be sure to read or behind-the-scenes tour rules and regulations. 

Planet Protectors


Birds of a Feather


My son and I had a wonderful time today at the Birds of a Feather tour. Mel was an exceptional guide and really personalized the tour for his interests. She did a great job answering questions in a way that was interesting to me as an adult while still keeping my 9-year-old involved. We can't wait to try another one! Thanks again for offering this type of program.
- Jessi Clark, O'Fallon, MO

Gentle Giants


Yesterday was simply life changing!!The girls talked nonstop the entire way home about being that close to the giraffes.  Dianne was incredible and kind, accommodating, warm, friendly and genuinely wanted us to fall in love with everything about the zoo.  The other family also had a new six year old that was receiving this as a birthday gift as well.  I just cannot shout this from the rooftop enough, this is one of the most amazing experiences we have ever given our girls.  We always do experiences at their birthdays and Christmas instead of toys (the grandparents like to cover that aspect!), you can bet as long as we live in Missouri, this will be at the top of our list. Thank you again for all of your flexibility and guidance. 
-Sarah, Missouri

Penguin Encounter


Reptile Rendezvous 


I just wanted to thank you again for your consideration and AMAZING tour! The fam had a blast and I really believe that tours like that make a big difference in peoples' lives (and the animals’). I can’t wait to book another tour but I couldn’t do so without first thanking you again. Have a great day and tell all the penguins I say hello!
- Noah, St. Louis, MO

Sea Lion Encounter


Sloth Slowdown


I just want to thank you so much for the sloth tour on Friday. You and your colleagues went over and above to make Allison's 12th birthday extra special or in her words, "the best birthday ever."  Not only was it special for her, but the reaction she had when she was surprised with the tour made it one of the best days I've had as a parent. It was worth every penny for the once in a lifetime experience. It took awhile for the smile to leave her face. Thank you again! 
-Renee, Missouri

Bear Bundle


Hippo Howdy

SEASONAL: December through March



These tours ar currently off-season.

Tour de Tortoise

SEASONAL: Spring through fall

In the nine days we were in St. Louis, we actually spent two of them at the Zoo. [The tour of the Herpetarium] was thrilling and educational...we all could have stayed for hours listening to the zoologist. He talked about the animals and his experiences. It was exactly what I was hoping for. My son had asked me in late winter, if we could do "some lower 48 things" for the summer. This behind the scenes tour clearly met that criteria. I will always view my zoo, the St. Louis Zoo, as the best. The tour just put a whole lot of exclamation points on that. Thank you for helping me make a memory for my son. Please send along my thanks to those who lead us. 
-Rob M., Alaska

Rhino Ramble

SEASONAL: April through November

Book a 2022 Tour

We require reserving at least two weeks in advance. To give your group a truly unique experience, please fill out the form below or contact our Group Tours Agent at (314) 781-0900 ext. 4840. 

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