Travel the zoo with our knowledgeable staff as we prepare to open the zoo for the day.

You will enjoy exclusive before-hours access, learn how we care for our animals and have the opportunity to participate in unique and interactive experiences*.

This experience requires advanced reservations, space is limited.

During a Rise and Shine Safari, you will:

  • Greet our penguin colony and feed the birds their "rise and shine" fish breakfast from the public side of the habitat
  • Learn about our lemur troops and watch the keepers engage with the lemurs through a training session that shows off their agility
  • Visit the habitat of our red panda, Lulu, in Wild Asia
  • Adventure behind-the-scenes and visit our lion night yard, where our pride of lions gets to sleep under the nighttime stars
  • Enjoy a private, up-close experience in our grizzly bear building

*Animal experiences are subject to change

Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only

90-minute experience
  • 8:30 – 10 a.m. (May - Sept. 2)
  • 9:30 - 11 a.m. (Sept. 3 - Thanksgiving, March & April)

Rise and Shine Tours are not available Thanksgiving through February. 


  • $95 per person

General admission is included after your rise and shine experience. Rise and Shine Safaris are available for groups of up to 6 guests. All guests must be ages 5+, and every group must contain a minimum of one adult guest (ages 18+).

Book Your Rise and Shine Safari

For additional questions about Rise and Shine Safari, please contact programs@akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 ext. 8973.  All Unique Experiences must be scheduled two weeks or more in advance.