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Photo Safaris

Photographer overlooking the savanna

Photo Safari

See the Dallas Zoo in an all new light – through the lens of your own camera! Join staff photographer Cathy Burkey for one of our special photo programs tailored to photography enthusiasts.

Half-day Group Photo Safaris

Capture amazing shots of majestic animals in their naturalistic habitats. With help from zoologists and guidance and tips from Cathy, you’re guaranteed excellent photos of animals foraging for their breakfast, romping and playing, and exhibiting other natural behaviors.

Here’s what your photo safari adventure looks like:

  • You’ll meet at 8 a.m. in front of the membership booth for some quick photo tips.
  • Then you’ll set out to explore some of the Zoo’s most interesting and charismatic animals.
  • Each session concludes at noon, and participants are welcome to stay at the Zoo for the day!

Half-day Photo Safaris are $100 for members, and $125 for non-members. Groups are limited to 15 participants to ensure individual attention. Half-day Photo Safaris are intended for adults 18 and older. There is a moderate amount of walking throughout the Zoo, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

2020 dates
  • March 28
  • May 2
  • May 30
  • June 27

Private Photo Safaris

Here’s the perfect experience for any photographer! After a hearty breakfast, you’ll get one-on-one guidance from Dallas Zoo staff photographer Cathy Burkey as you photograph your favorite animals. After the safari, participants may stay at the Zoo for the day.

Private Photo Safaris are $200 for members, and $225 for non-members.

Please note that all private photo safaris must be reserved at least two weeks in advance.

To book a private photo safari, contact Cathy Burkey at 469.554.7423 or