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VIP Tour - How to Entertain a Cougar (August 28 2021)


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How to Entertain a Cougar
Tentative tour date
: August 28, 2021

Because cougars, like all cats, are at high risk for contracting COVID-10,and because this tour puts our guests in close proximity to our cougars, the date for this tour will not be confirmed until May 2021.

If we must cancel or postpone this tour because of the pandemic, you will be given the option of receiving a full refund or of participating in this tour on a later date.

Special Procedures: To ensure our guests, staff, and animals' safety, the Zoo has established COVID-19 protocols for everyone to follow during these tours. These protocols appear in the "Tour Requirements" section below and include the requirement that everyone wears a mask over his or her mouth and nose for the duration of a tour. Individuals who cannot wear masks for medical or other reasons may not participate in this tour until our advisors conclude that face coverings are no longer needed to protect the people and the animals associated with the program.

Tour Description: This VIP tour takes you behind the scenes to explore how the zookeepers provide for North America's largest small cat, the Cougar (a.k.a. Mountain Lion, Panther, Catamount, Puma, etc.). The adventure includes a tour of the caretakers' behind-the-scenes work area, as well as conversations on how the caretakers train the cats and alligators and keep them engaged in healthy activities.

Tour Pricing: $100 each for Society members        $115 each for non-members

.  Please note that VIP passes do not cover admission fees to enter the North Carolina Zoo. Tour participants who are not members of the Zoo Society or a reciprocating institution must pay standard admission fees to enter the Zoo.

Tour Logistics: This tour begins at 1:30 p.m. when you meet your Society guide at the Cougar habitat. The program lasts approximately an hour and includes the opportunity to see the ways that cougars and alligators are trained to cooperate in their own care. 

Tour Regulations Children must be at least 10 years old to attend this tour, and a paying adult must accompany children younger than 16.
 Group size is limited to 8 people. 

ADA Status: This program is ADA accessible.

Tour Requirements: Because the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened concerns about our animals, guests, and staff's well-being, the Zoo has established procedures for guests to follow during these tours.

  •  the Zoo requires participants to cover their noses and mouths with a mask for the duration of the tour. In situations where the staff or the animals are particularly vulnerable to infection, the Zoo may also require participants to wear latex gloves when offering food to an animal. The Zoo Society will provide these gloves where they are needed.
  • Society tour guides will advise guests about where to stand to practice social distancing. Guides will also provide hand sanitizer, gloves, and extra masks to guests who need them.
  • Guides will provide disinfected cans of water to guests who request a drink. 

  • Upon arrival, guests will receive a VIP silicon ID bracelet that will serve as a VIP ticket and take-home gift. 

  • Of course, all of these procedures are subject to change if the pandemic's ever-evolving nature makes it necessary to do so. Our first concern will always be to keep you, our guests, safe, and protect our staff and animals' well-being. Thank you for joining us behind the scenes!