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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.

Public 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.

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 North Carolina 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. We recommend that buyers who are not Zoo Society members buy their Zoo admission tickets when they purchase their tour. The Zoo Society staff will ensure that you have admission tickets for the date of your program. These tickets will be emailed to you three weeks before the date of your tour. Your admission ticket will be good only for the date of the tour and for the time printed on your reservation/admission ticket. Unless you tell us otherwise, we will make your reservation for 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. for Aviary tours) on the date of the tour.

  2. In order to protect our guests, staff, and animals, each tour participant must wear a protective mask during the tour. Please see our COVID-19 Guidelines for VIP Program Participants for more information.

  3. VIP Tours and Private Tours require a minimum age for attendees. Please review the minimum age information before reserving a tour.

  4. For all tours, all children under 16 years-old must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  5. 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.