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Lunch with a Keeper is like a coveted backstage pass to meet the band. Enjoy a pizza lunch while you make friends with (and learn from) animal experts – our zookeepers! 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 awesome animal experience led by the person who knows the animals best.

 
 
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December:  African Carnivore Keepers

What makes the African painted dog the most successful hunters on the African savanna? What special care do carnivores require every day? Find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what it takes to work with Africa’s most successful hunters. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our carnivore zookeepers who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of an African carnivore’s night house. Delivering enrichment items to the animals is thrilling as we watch them demonstrate some of their amazing adaptations!  

January:  Animal Trainers

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to train animals? What kinds of things do animal trainers have to learn that other zookeepers do not? Find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what it takes to put on a show with animals. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our animal trainers, who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the programs animal enclosures and watch a training session with our show animals! 

February:  Giraffe Keepers

Why do giraffes have such long necks? 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 will answer questions and tell stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn (the giraffes’ very large night house). Once we have appreciated their true size by touring the barn, we make our way to the giraffe deck where you have the opportunity for private, up-close interaction with one of our giraffes!

March:  Elephant Keepers

What is it like to work with a 9,000 pound animal? Are elephants really as intelligent as some claim? Find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what it takes to work with elephants. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our elephant zookeepers who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, we prepare decorative treats as behavioral enrichment for our elephants.  After a short walk to a behind-the-scenes elephant area, watch as the keepers deliver your handmade enrichment items to the elephants!

April:  Farm Keepers

Did you know in addition to being a leader in exotic animal care, the Phoenix Zoo also proudly features domestic animals? Discover what it’s like to work with the special animals that call Harmony Farm home!  Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside our farm keeper staff, who will answer questions about the rewards and challenges of their unique job, and tell heartfelt stories about the amazing animals they work with. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the horse barn and meet some of Harmony Farm’s incredible animals up close!

May:  Orangutan Keepers

What is an orangutan’s favorite food? Do they like to play just like we do? What are some of the challenges of working with such an intelligent, unique and strong animal? Come find out these answers and many more during an afternoon of fun and excitement as we discover what it takes to work with orangutans. Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of our orangutan zookeepers who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, participants have an up-close look at the Zoo’s orangutans!