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Backstage Safari

Backstage Safari

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


Saturday mornings


$170 for adults ($150 for member adult)
$160 for youth ($140 for member youth)

Experience the Zoo like never before

Backstage Safari is our 90-minute guided tour that provides an inside scoop on how we care for our animals every single day.

Choose between two experiences:

Wilds of Africa

Experience exclusive animal encounters in Wilds of Africa, including:

  • Feed apples to an African elephant, the world’s largest land mammal.
  • Waddle alongside our penguins as you feed them.
  • Attend a private Wild Encounters show at Camp Okapi with introductions to remarkable animals like tamanduas, southern ground hornbills, tortoises, and more.


Experience exclusive animal encounters in ZooNorth, including:

  • Get up close with our tigers in a unique setting.
  • Feed our lively lemurs.
  • Witness the playful antics of otters as you feed them.
  • Learn all about our animals from the experts who care for them every day.

Choose Your Backstage Safari Session

Included in every 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

Animal experiences are subject to change and may be substituted with another comparable experience.

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

Safety: To help protect our animals from exposure to the viruses we humans may carry, we continue to require masks to participate in Backstage Safari. Gloves may also be required.

Groups: The maximum group size is 10. The minimum group size for the tour to operate is two. Participants must be 6 years of age or older. At least one adult is required per two children under the age of 16.

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 two hours prior to their scheduled program. Every effort will be made to reschedule your Backstage Safari for a later date.

Participants canceling 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.