Private Animal Experiences

VIPeek Encounters

Have you ever wondered what in the world is making that screeching noise outside your window at night? What about the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? In these private experiences for small groups, you will get up close and personal with a selection of our animal ambassadors as they help us answer these and other questions. Pick from one of our themed programs and enjoy a private experience. Gather your very important people and book an in-person VIPeek today.

Click here to request your VIPeek Encounter!

VIPeek programs are available  Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Please register at least two weeks before your chosen date.

Please note that masks and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for guests are not required but masks are strongly encouraged. Click here for more information.

Questions? Email [email protected]

In-Person Programs

In-person programs are limited to 10 people maximum. An additional 10 people can be added (a maximum of 20 people total) for a price of $15 per person. Prices are per group and includes regular admission to the exhibit hall.


30-minutes; 2 animals

Creatures of the Night

Meet two animal species that thrive in the dark. What allows these critters to be in their prime at night? Find out in this in-person program.

Price: $100 member; $150 non-member

30-minutes; 2 animals

The Turtle and the Rabbit

Ever heard the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare? In this private program, discover how animals have different adaptations for different purposes and how not everyone needs speed to be successful in the wild. (Recommended for ages 3-8) 

Price: $100 member; $150 non-member

30-minutes; 2 animals

Dangerous But Vital

If danger is your middle name, this is the program for you. Learn why some potentially dangerous animals are actually very important to people, and how the most dangerous animal in California may not be what you think it is.

Price: $100 member; $150 non-member

30-minutes; 2 animals

Scales and Tails

Some animals have scales, and some have fur. Some animals have hundreds of legs, and others have none. If you’ve ever wondered why animals look so different, then this program is for you! Meet two animal ambassadors and learn how their different bodies help them survive.

Price: $100 member; $150 non-member