The Zoo is not just for kids, adults can join in the fun too. From our famous Horse Hands programs, to custom Night Camps, the Zoo has something for you. You can even earn your Master’s Degree with the Zoo. Looking for something unique and fun for your next business event or social outing? Spend the night at the Zoo with a custom Night Camp program or have us come to you with our ZooToYou Outreach programs.

Our program prices will be changing soon. Register today to take advantage of early-bird special rates* and get this year’s programs for last year’s prices! The more programs you register for, the more you will save.

*Early-bird special rate pricing is listed for all programs currently open for registration on our website. Register for programs by September 30 to receive early-bird special rate pricing.

NEW! Lunch with a Keeper (for adults)
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a zookeeper might be like? Do you want to experience a behind-the-scenes tour led by a person who knows the animals best? In this adults-only program, we provide an exclusive opportunity to learn from the animal experts—our zookeepers! Enjoy a pizza lunch while you ask questions that only a keeper can answer and listen to stories that only a keeper can tell. After lunch, be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour and animal experience. This unique experience is one of the best at the Zoo; you’ll truly understand the passion and dedication involved with being a zookeeper.

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For adults ages 18+.
Program time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Program fees:

Member Adult Ticket  $30      Adult Pair $54

General Adult Ticket   $40      Adult Pair $72

October 23 – African Carnivore Keepers
What special care do carnivores require every day? How do zookeepers enrich the lives of these predatory species? Find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what it takes to work with carnivores here at the Zoo. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our carnivore zookeepers who will answer questions and tell stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of a carnivore’s night house and help deliver enrichment items to the animals as we watch them demonstrate some of their amazing adaptations!

November 6 – Animal Care Center Keepers
The Phoenix Zoo is fortunate to have our very own Animal Care Center, complete with designated veterinarians and animal care staff. It is a special place that serves as a hospital, doctor’s office and holding area for the many animals that call the Zoo home. Discover what it’s like to work in the animal care center and the rewards and challenges of caring for a variety of animals. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside our animal care staff, who will answer questions and tell stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour and see for yourself what it’s like to be an animal care professional!

February 5 – Giraffe Keepers
What special care do the tallest residents at the Zoo need? How do zookeepers reach that high to feed them? Find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what makes giraffes such a favorite animal at the Zoo. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our giraffe zookeepers, who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn and have the opportunity for a private, up-close interaction at the giraffe deck with one of our giraffes!

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Horse Hands Program
If you have never been on a horse before, or if you are somewhat experienced with horses but would like to learn more about their behavior and caregiving, or just generally brush up on your horsemanship skills, then this program is for you. Each Horse Hands Program is a four-week series. Participants must attend all four sessions to develop riding skills and receive a certificate.  Participants will learn about horsemanship, animal observation, behavior, and bonding. For more information please visit our Horse Hands page.