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Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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city traveler MARYLAND ZOO- “One of the top ten behind-the-scenes tours in America”

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A Behind-the-Scenes animal encounter at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a private, once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Zoo like never before. Have you ever wanted to venture inside the world of African penguins at Penguin Coast? Ever wanted to know what a polar bear kitchen looks like? (Who knew polar bears could even cook?!) Our dedicated keeper staff will help you discover these secrets and more as part of a special tour behind-the-scenes at The Maryland Zoo!

Behind-the-Scenes experiences are specially designed tours and are scheduled personally for you. These unique up close encounters are planned and coordinated with each individual group in mind. Choose from five fascinating tours of animal habitats including giraffe and okapi, rhino, zebra and ostrich, penguin (resuming December 2014), and polar bear (resuming Winter 2015). Prices start at $300 for up to four people. Ask about combining tours to create an all-day adventure at the Zoo. All Behind-the-Scenes tours include general Zoo admission – guests are free to explore the Zoo at their leisure before or after their tour.

Due to the unpredictability of working with wild animals and the priority of health and safety issues, all tours are subject to the good physical and mental health of the animal collection. Touching of animals is not permitted. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory. Strollers cannot be accommodated. A ratio of one adult per two children is required. Other restrictions may apply. Please see individual tour descriptions for details.

Tour requests must be made at least one month in advance. Payment is due in full upon confirmation of availability. Confirmation of tour will be provided within two weeks of the request. A full refund, less a $30 cancellation fee, will be given to guests canceling tour reservations at least two weeks prior to a scheduled visit. If a visit is rescheduled, payment may be applied towards another date. If the tour is canceled within two weeks of scheduled date and a rain date is not chosen, no refund will be issued. In the event that the Zoo cancels a program, an alternative date or a full refund will be offered.

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For questions regarding Behind-the-Scenes Tours contact the Group Sales Office.

Click on any of the experiences below for pricing information and to learn more.

Please note Penguin Tours will be resuming in December 2014 and Polar Bear Tours will be resuming in winter 2015.

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