Up-Close Tours

Find yourself nose to horn with Abilene Zoo’s southern black rhino, meet members of our giraffe herd, or get up close with our anteaters in these exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.

Experience Abilene Zoo’s animals behind the scenes with our guided tours! You can choose from a variety of tours provided by the Abilene Zoo to get a closer look at some of your favorite animals!
Online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Reservations can be made the day of your visit at Guest Services if spots are still available.
Zoo members, please log into your pass member account to receive a 20% discount.
Experience Abilene Zoo’s animals behind the scenes with our guided tours! You can choose from a variety of tours provided by the Abilene Zoo to get a closer look at some of your favorite animals!
Online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Reservations can be made the day of your visit at Guest Services if spots are still available.
Zoo members, please log into your pass member account to receive a 20% discount.
Giraffe Tour

Start Time(s): 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm,

Price: $40 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount

Duration: 30 – 45 Minutes

Meet a couple of members of our giraffe herd on a guided behind-the-scenes tour. Our giraffe keeper will take you to visit our Giraffe barn and have an opportunity to get up close and hand-feed our giraffes.

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Reptile Tour

Start Time(s): 2:00 pm,

Price: $40 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount

Duration: 30 Minutes

Separate fact from fiction by learning about and meeting a couple of the zoo’s lizards, turtles, and snakes. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about and meet a several of the zoo’s lizards, turtles, and snakes.

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Giant Anteater Tour

Start Time(s): 10:00 am,

Price: $40 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount

Duration: 30 Minutes

Go behind the scenes and get an up-close look at our giant anteater. There you will learn all about the giant anteater and how we care for them.

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Animal Ambassador Tour

Start Time(s): 1:00 pm,

Price: $30 for anyone 3 yrs and up (admission to the Zoo not included). Zoo Members receive a 20% discount

Duration: 30 Minutes

Go behind the scenes with our Animal Ambassador Team and encounter a variety of exotic animals. Many of these animals are rescued through the Abilene Zoo or other conservation organizations, you will hear all their stories. Plus these are the animals you often see on television or see at community events, so this tour allows you to touch and take photos with some Abilene’s favorite creatures.

 

Each tour features a behind the scenes journey. Animals subject to change each tour due to community events or education commitments, but the Animal Ambassador Team is full of wonderful species.

Experience Animal Ambassadors like…

  • Three Banded Armadillo
  • Roadrunner
  • American Alligator
  • Screech Owl
  • Tenrec
  • Turaco
  • Nine Banded Armadillo
  • Python
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Six Banded Armadillo
  • Black and White Tegu
  • Raven
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