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Backstage Safari

Backstage Safari

100% of proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation efforts.


Saturdays from 9:45-11:30 a.m.


$160 for adults ($135 for members)
$150 for youth ($125 for members)

Experience the Zoo like never before!

Take a 90-minute guided tour and get the inside scoop on how we care for our animals every single day.

  • Feed apples to an African elephant, the worlds largest land mammal.
  • Go behind the scenes and participate in a training session with our hippos.
  • Attend a private Wild Encounters show at Camp Okapi with introductions to remarkable animals like tamanduas, southern ground hornbills, tortoises, and more.*

*Animal encounters subject to change.

Also a part of your Backstage Safari package:

  • Free digital photos of your adventure
  • Souvenir lanyard with badge and conservation wristbands
  • Enjoy a complimentary giraffe feeding following your Backstage Safari
  • Zoo admission and parking are included

Questions? Email us at or give us a call at 469.554.7501.

Due to the ongoing risk to our animals from the COVID-19 virus, we continue to require masks to participate in Backstage Safari. Gloves are required at the hippo experience.

Groups: The maximum group size is 10. The minimum group size for the tour to operate is 2. Participants must be 6 years of age or older.  One adult per child required, 2 children max.

Cancellation Policy: The Dallas Zoo’s Backstage Safari is a very popular program with limited availability. It is an outdoor, all-weather event, and the Dallas Zoo reserves the right to cancel or modify the program for any reason, including inclement weather, animal health, and/or safety concerns. In the event of a weather cancellation, the Dallas Zoo will notify participants as early as possible, but no later than 2 hours prior to their scheduled program. Every effort will be made to reschedule your Backstage Safari for a later date.

Participants cancelling more than seven days from their scheduled program will be refunded their full payment, minus a $25 cancellation fee per person. Due to the high demand and limited availability, there will be no refunds issued for participants canceling within seven days of their scheduled program.