John Ball Zoo

Sneak A Peek

Join us for a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the habitats that guests see everyday. You and up to 15 other people will join zoo staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the areas listed below to see where the animals spend their time while not on exhibit and learn how much goes into caring for the animals at the zoo.  

Minimum Age: 6 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
Maximum # per Program: 16 people. One adult cannot be responsible for more than two children 12 and under.
Program Time: 30-45 minutes 
Price: $15 per person for Members   $25 per person for Non-Members. A minimum of 4 people is needed to run these tours. Admission is included.


COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants to wear a mask while in an indoor setting.


Advance registration required. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes. Sorry, these tours are not ADA Accessible. 


Under the Sea Tour - Postponed Until Further Notice

Available 7 days a week

Learn how we keep an aquarium up and running for the fish, penguins, sharks and marine invertebrates that you see on exhibit. You will also have an opportunity to touch a sea star and an urchin while behind the scenes.  Upgrade one person from your group to get the chance to feed the penguins on exhibit with the Close Encounter Penguin Program!

African Savannah Tour - Postponed Until Further Notice

Available Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 1 pm - Check at the front gate for same day availability. 

See where the bongos, warthogs, and hornbills of the African Veldt spend their time when they are not on exhibit and get a sneak peak of the exhibit from the animal's view. 


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