Visitor Experiences

Visitor Experiences

Zoo Tours

Experience the Zoo through a different view: behind the scenes or on four wheels. Reservations are required.

Backstage Experiences

Backstage Experiences are back! Now is your chance to join us on a backstage tour to see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world. See you behind the scenes!  


Cost is $65 per person, $50 per member. Price includes admission to the Zoo. Tickets are non-refundable. 


All participants must be at least 8 years old. Participants 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Arrival Time

Participants should check-in at the Robert B Daugherty Education Center at least 15 minutes before their tour begins.


Aquarium Backstage Experience

Saturdays 10:30-11:30 AM 

Have you ever wondered how much water is above your head as you walk through the tunnel of the Walter Scott Aquarium, or how we feed the sharks and rays who call the aquarium home?  Join us behind the scenes to explore the aquarium from the other side of the glass.

Giraffe Backstage Experience

*Private bookings only-must reserve 3 weeks in advance and book at least 6 spots. Please contact the Education Department at or call 402-738-2092 to reserve your tour!

Get to know the Zoo's herd of reticulated giraffes during a tour of the Syd and Betty Cate Family Giraffe Herd Rooms.  Learn how we care for animals that stand 15 feet above the ground, and how our herd rooms are specially designed for the Zoo's tallest residents. 

Center for Conservation and Research Backstage Experience

*Private bookings only-must reserve 3 weeks in advance and book at least 6 spots. Please contact the Education Department at or call 402-738-2092 to reserve your tour!

Head behind the scenes in our Center for Conservation and Research, where you will learn about the work Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is doing to help protect animals both in the wild and in Zoos and Aquariums around the country. 

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Private Backstage Experiences

Don't see what you're looking for? Call today to book a private Backstage Experience! Special arrangements can be made by contacting the Education Department at or 402-738-2092. Groups must have at least 6 participants and contact the Education Department at least 3 weeks in advance. 


Virtual Backstage Experiences

Looking to go behind the scenes virtually? Book one of the above experiences for your group by contacting or 402-738-2092. See you virtually behind the scenes!  


  • $350 for up to 30 device connections. 
  • $450 for 31-100 device connections.
  • $500 for 101-250 device connections.

How Does It Work?

  • A Zoom link will be sent to all participants prior to the program. 
  • Connection is easy.  Particpants at home only need a computer or mobile device, audio and internet connection. (a webcam and microphone are optional). 
  • Programs will be delivered via Zoom through a secure platform. Zoo staff will deliver a live tour and will answer questions from our virtual participants! 
  • Program Duration: 45-60 minutes.

Golf Cart Tours

If you can’t make it around the Zoo in one day, you’re not alone. Let us take you to some of our most popular exhibits on the far side of the Zoo from the comfort of our golf cart. Visitors will have the chance to journey behind-the-scenes during their tour and learn how we care for over 30,000 animals at the Zoo.

This tour is available for visitors of all ages and will include some walking.

Offered daily (April through October) 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Off season bookings taken upon request. 

Cost is $70 per person, $55 per member. Price includes admission to the Zoo.  Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are free for children under 2 years old.

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Animal Encounters

As you're going about your day, happen upon the animals going about theirs. See how the animals are fed, sit in on a training demonstration or experience the different ways the animals explore their environment with enrichment.

  • Penguin Feeding at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium: Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Shark Feeding at Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Interactive Experiences

Have a hand in the lives of some of our animals with an up-close and personal experience on your next visit. 

  • Stingray Beach near the Harper Event Center
  • Touch Tank at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium
  • Giraffe Encounter at Scott African Grasslands (Open Saturdays and Sundays only weather-permitting)
  • Goat Kraal at Scott African Grasslands (open weather and temperature-permitting)