Patrons are invited to choose one of five Guided Specialty Tours: Endangered Species, Hidden Gems, Kiss and Tail, Upper Zoo, and Young Explorers. Each tour provides fascinating glimpses into the cutting-edge science and conservation work that your support makes possible.
For more information on how to schedule your Guided Specialty Tour or Meet-A-Keeper Tour, please contact us.
Endangered Species Tour
Looking to learn more about the conservation efforts to save endangered species? This tour explores many of the species at the Smithsonian's National Zoo that are facing, or have faced, the danger of extinction. This tour gives you the opportunity to learn about the amazing ways these animals have adapted to their habitats, how they are being threatened in the wild, and what you can do to help.
Hidden Gems Tour
Do you think you know everything about the giant pandas, elephants, great cats, and the Zoo's other most famous animals? This tour takes you "off-the-beaten path" and introduces you to some of the Zoo's most interesting yet lesser-known animals, such as Andean bears, caracals, and elephant shrews. Who knows? You just may find your new favorite animal!
Kiss and Tail Tour
Looking for something a little more wild? Join this adults-only tour and learn about the fascinating world of animal dating and mating. This tour visits cheetahs, zebras, Przewalski's horses, giant pandas, Big Cats, Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, and Reptile Discovery Center.
Upper Zoo Tour
Want to spend more time learning about animals and less time walking? Join our Upper Zoo Tour. This two-hour tour allows you to really get to know the animals in the three exhibits at the upper part of the Zoo, including cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, Asian small-clawed otters, clouded leopards, sloth bears, and more.
Young Explorers Tour
Have little zoogoers? Take them on a tour designed especially for them! This 90-minute tour designed for children ages 4 to 7 allows your little zoogoers to have an interactive experience, including a chance to touch pelts, feathers and other objects. The outdoor portion of this tour visits the cheetahs, sloth bears, clouded leopards, as well as the Bird House.
Each tour group can have one to ten members. That size fosters the best possible learning environment for you and your guests.