Make your Zoo visit even more memorable with a Safari Walking Tour! Tag along with our professional interpretive guides as they offer insight to the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations.

The 30-minute walking tours do not include touching live animals or access to non-public areas.

2019 Tours

Daily: May 24 – August 16

Saturdays & Sundays: August 17 - October 27

  • 11:30 a.m. –  Back from the Brink Walking Safari 
  • 12:30 p.m. –  Here, There, and Everywhere: WildCare Walking Safari
  • 2 p.m. – Walk on the Wild Side Safari


Tickets are $5 per person (children under 2 are free). 

Purchase tickets at a Welcome Desk at the North and South Entrances, the Sea Lion Show ticket booth or the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove ticket booth on the day of your visit. All tours will start in Schnuck Family Plaza near the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.

Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets for $4 per person by calling (314) 646-4718 two weeks in advance.

Tour Types

  • 11:30 a.m.

    Join us on a safari through River’s Edge as we focus on the challenges and successes of breeding endangered species. From cubs to pups to calves you will hear stories about our youngest zoo residents, past and present! Learn how and why we have three generations of elephants, hear the amazing story of the Bingwa Bunch of cheetahs, discover how our hippo created a star at the Cincinnati Zoo, and more!

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Catch a glimpse of the animals the Zoo takes care of at home and afar.  You might even lay eyes on a venomous viper or a zany zebra! From reptiles and amphibians, to primates, cats, and hoofstock, we will see it all, as we explore why and how the Zoo is a world leader in saving endangered species and habitats.

  • 2 p.m.

    Join your guide as you trek through the wilderness, passing through Grizzly Ridge, Polar Bear Point and Fragile Forest, home to our chimpanzees and orangutans. Your guide will give you the inside scoop about our animals’ lives at the Zoo and their counterparts in the wild. Discover the simple things you can do to help save some of our closest relatives.

Audio Described Tours - click here for more information.