Member - $49 - Single participant
  $80 - Pair
   
General - $65 - Single participant
  $105 - Pair

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.

 
 
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January: 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!

February:  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 will answer questions and tell stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, we will take a short walk to the elephant area where we will embark on a special behind-the-scenes tour for an up-close look at what it takes to care for these amazing animals
March: 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!

April: Conservation Center

What does the Phoenix Zoo do to conserve wild species?  How do we collaborate with other organizations in an effort to protect and preserve the natural world? Find out these answers and more as you learn about the species we are working with on-site as well as off-site conservation projects we are supporting around the globe.  Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside our conservation center staff, who will answer questions and tell stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation center and see for yourself what it looks like to save species! 

May:  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!