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VIP Tours

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the Zoo's animals and the people that care for them. These are small-group tours that allow people close access to animals and provide attendees an opportunity to learn about these species and their conservation.

VIP Tours take members of your group behind-the-scenes to get close to their favorite animals, and they provide funding for the Zoo's field conservation programs in Africa, North America and other locations around the world. Please use the "List by Species" button or the "List by Date" button to find the VIP Tour that interests you most.

If you purchase a VIP Tour, you will receive an email from the NC Zoo Society about two weeks prior to your tour date. Please note that this email will contain important information about your tour, but will not include any tour tickets. You will receive your tour tickets when you arrive at the NC Zoo on the actual date of your tour.

Private Tours allow groups as large as six people to choose a date for their experience. Funds from Private Tours also support the Zoo's conservation programs. Please click the "Private Tours" button below to find a tour to share with up to five of your friends or family.

Please be aware of the following:

  1. Both VIP Tours and Private Tours are open to both NC Zoo Society members and non-members. For VIP Tours, please note that the tour price does not include the price of admission to the NC Zoo.
  2. VIP Tours and Private Tours require a minimum age for attendees. Please review the minimum age information before reserving a tour.
  3. For all tours, all children under 16 years-old must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  4. All, or nearly all, of the tour cost is considered a donation to the to the NC Zoo Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises money for the North Carolina Zoo, and is therefore tax-deductible.

All VIP Tour Sales are Currently Suspended in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sales will resume at a later date.