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Plan Your Adventure :: Backstage Safari

Backstage Safari

An all-new way to see your Dallas Zoo!


Experience the Zoo like never before with the all-new Backstage Safari! Our zoologists will take you on a 90-minute guided tour and give you the inside scoop on how they care for our animals every single day. What are the gorillas’ favorite foods? Are okapi related to zebras? Book your Backstage Safari now to find out! You’ll get to:

  • Observe and participate in a training session with our gorilla family – you may even get a close-up look at babies Saambili and Mbani!
  • Hand-feed and learn all about the critically endangered okapi. We’ll capture the moment with a photo so you’ll never forget meeting these incredible animals.
  • Attend a private Wild Encounters show at Camp Okapi with introductions to remarkable animals like tamanduas, flamingos, an African created porcupine, a savanna monitor, and more.

Saturdays | 10:00-11:30 a.m.
May 11-Nov. 16



Adult (age 16+) $100 Adult (age 16+) $125
Youth (age 6-15) $85 Youth (age 6-15) $110
Guests must arrive by 9:45 a.m.
Guests must be age 6 or older, with a limit of 2 children per adult
Tours limited to 10 people


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Also a part of your Backstage Safari package:

  • Free digital photos of your adventure
  • Experience more of the Dallas Zoo after your Backstage Safari with a ride on the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail and Giraffe Feeding in the Giants of the Savanna (a total value of $10.)
  • A souvenir cup and $1 refills at the Zoo all day following your Backstage Safari

For more information or if you have questions, call us at 469-554-7500.

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.

Weather / Cancellation Policies
 • Participants canceling more than 7 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.
• For more information about our weather/cancellation policies, please call 469.554.7501 or email