Get Involved with the Zoo




Enjoy the Zoo AFTER HOURS from the comfort of a VIP cart!  Ideal for families, those with limited mobility, special occasions or a unique date night, these tours connect people to the wildlife in our care as we travel the Zoo and share their stories.  From the Heart of Africa to the depths of Discovery Reef, guests will investigate the unique characteristics of our animals and experience the Zoo in a whole new way!  Enjoy light refreshments and a keepsake to remember your evening.
Summer tours available May 24 through August 31 ( no tours on June 21)
Tours are 2 1/2 hours long from 6:30 p.m. – 9  p.m.
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets up to 3 days before your desired tour date.

*Please call (614) 645-3488 for questions regarding Twilight Tours.


WILD ENCOUNTERS: Behind the Scenes Tours!

See the Zoo the way the keepers do!   Take a guided tour behind the scenes for a closer look at one of the amazing locations listed below.
NEW: Giraffe Barn
Explore behind the scenes at our new giraffe barn with your guide and learn what it takes to care for our tallest residents. How do you weigh a giraffe?  How long is a giraffe’s tongue? Find the answers to these questions and many more!
*This tour will focus on features of the barn.  Giraffe may not be in the barn during the tour.
Manatee Coast!
View these amazing marine mammals from a totally new vantage point! Find out why the manatees are here and what it takes to care for them.
Discovery Reef
You’ve seen it from the front, now come see our 90,000 gallon Aquarium from behind and above!  You’ll be amazed to hear about and see all of the hard work that goes into running our own little ocean!
Dr. C. Joseph Cross Animal Health Center
From emergency care to regular check-ups, from the smallest fish to the largest elephant, find out how our incredible Veterinary Staff, in conjunction with our Keeper Staff, manage the health of over 10,000 individual animals!
*Please note that we reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and guests. If this should happen your tour will be rescheduled or you will receive a refund.
**Please inquire at the number below about wheelchair and stroller accessibility on tours.
Cost per person: 
          Members: $15
          Non-Members: $20 
These tours are offered daily:
10 a.m.  Discovery Reef
11 a.m.  Manatee Coast
11 a.m.  Giraffe Barn (June 6-October 1)
1 p.m.    Animal Health Center
2 p.m.    Manatee Coast
3 p.m.    Discovery Reef
4 p.m.    Animal Health Center
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

*Please call (614) 645-3488 for questions regarding Wild Encounters Tours. 


Sunrise on the Savanna Tour

Start your day with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as you enjoy a continental breakfast with an amazing view. Observe as the animals take to the tall grasses of the African Savanna under the rising sun. Continue the adventure with a trek through the Heart of Africa, exploring the savanna and the cheetah habitat. With a personalized giraffe feeding experience to complete the tour, guests will depart with a lifetime of memories and stories to share.
*Tours with fewer than 5 people may be cancelled.
**Please note this is NOT a behind-the-scenes tour.
Time: 7:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Non-members: $80 per person
Members: $70 per person
Children: $60 per child ages 3-10. Children under 3 are free
*Zoo admission included
CLICK HERE to book your reservation today!

 *Please call (614) 645-3488 for questions regarding Sunrise on the Savanna Tours.