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VIP Animal Experiences


Exclusive Access!

VIP Experiences - Grizzly bear with enrichment

Have you ever wanted to interact and experience zoo animals up close? Now is your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Exclusively at the Akron Zoo, you will have a VIP animal experience like no other. Your experience includes feeding, interacting, VIP behind-the-scene tour, making enrichment and private experiences with penguins, lemurs, grizzly bears, Komodo Kingdom animals and many animal ambassadors. This program also includes admission to the zoo for the day!

VIP experiences are available by reservation only. This VIP experience starts before the zoo opens to the general public from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Space is limited.

VIP experiences are designed for guests ages 6 and older. 

Included in your VIP Experience:

  • Feed and interact with our penguins!
  • Get to see our family of lemurs in action through training and enrichment.  
  • See behind-the-scenes of our grizzly bear’s night under the stars, up-close training session, and a breakfast platter you created for them to eat!
  • Experience a Komdo Kingdom experience where you will interact and touch our Galapagos tortoise.
  • Interact and have fun with various animal ambassadors like “Dasy” the armadillo, “Forest” the porcupine, “Chloe” the honey bear and many more animals!*

VIP Experiences - Forest the porcupine

*Animal encounters are subject to change. 


  • 1 VIP guest: $175

  • 2 VIP guests: $200

  • 3 VIP guests: $250

  • 4 VIP guests: $300

To make reservations, please contact Ally at a.tatlow@akronzoo.org or by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 7246. All VIP Experiences must be scheduled two weeks or more in advance. 

Additional Requirements for VIP Experiences

  1. Closed-toed shoes are required.
  2. Face coverings are required due to COVID-19 and zoo policy.
  3. If under 18, you must be accompanied by a guardian (2 VIP guest experience).

Prior to your VIP experience, a simple COVID-19 questionnaire will be emailed 48 hrs. prior to your Akron Zoo arrival (This must be completed 24–48 hours. prior to your VIP experience). This questionnaire is for the safety of our zoo animals, staff and for your experience.