Behind the scenes: Big Cats

Behind the scenes: Big Cats

Come learn about the fascinating world of tigers and leopards. Follow your guide to the behind the scenes area of the Amur Exhibit.  It will be an experience that you’ll never forget!

Experience includes
•    Complimentary water and juice
•    An educational presentation about tigers and leopards, their endangered status, and how you can take action to help this incredible species
•    A behind the scenes tour of the tiger and leopard building
•    An up close viewing of the tiger and leopard
•    A keeper presentation about the safety, care, and welfare of our tiger and leopard
•    Interpretation of the Amur exhibit
•    Admission to visit the rest of the zoo at your leisure after the experience

• May 6, 2023
• June 4, 11, and 24, 2023
• July 13, 23, and 24, 2023
• August 25 and 26, 2023
Hours: 8:30 am to 10 am
Cost: $55 per person


  • There will be up to six participants in the group.
  • Group participants could include children, youth, and adults.
  • Children must be at least 6 years of age and have the ability and willingness to listen, participate, and follow all safety instructions.
  • Adult supervision is required for all children ages 6-17 years.
  • One adult can be responsible for up to two children.


  • All participants must follow the safety rules as set by the Zoo Staff. Failure to comply with these rules causing potential endangerment to themselves, other Zoo Staff, the general public, and the animals will result in immediate removal from the experience without refund.
  • Participants will not have any physical contact with the tiger and leopard.
  • This experience includes walking and standing for up to 60 minutes.
  • During the experience, participants may be exposed to possible allergens, scents or other sensitivities, such as: hay, straw, wood shavings, peanuts, nuts, raw meat, and different animal scents.
  • During the experience, all participants must wear closed toed and closed heeled shoes; and must spray the soles of their shoes with disinfectant prior to entry into the tiger and leopard building.
  • During the experience, participants must be willing to wear a mask inside the tiger and leopard building when it is requested by the Animal Care staff.
  • Program information letter


  • Adult supervision is required for all children ages 6-17 years and these adults must also register and purchase a ticket to the experience at the same time as registering their child.
  • All reservations must be pre-registered and full payment is required at that time.
  • No refunds will be given within 14 days of the experience date but exceptions will be made in the case of illness, unforeseen circumstances or if the experience is cancelled by the Zoo.
  • Reservations are available online using your Visa or MasterCard.