Guess What? There’s More!

We want your event to be as wild as possible, so we offer a fantastic variety of activities and additional packages for any rental. Plus, by choosing the Zoo for your special occasion, you’re supporting quality care for the animals, educational projects for the community, and conservation efforts that help preserve wildlife and wild places for future generations.


Animal Ambassadors

Have a special guest RSVP for your event! Our animal ambassador program has a variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, invertebrates, and amphibians to choose from.


  • You may choose up to two animals for one event
  • If two animals are chosen, they will appear at the event consecutively


  • $250 per animal for 30 minutes

View our list of animal ambassadors

*Please note: Animal ambassadors are living creatures who deserve respect, rest, and care. Animals, though listed, may be unavailable at a given time due to any number of circumstances, which is why we ask that you provide a backup choice. We will do our best to provide a suitable substitution in this situation. We understand that it can be disappointing that your favorite animal may not be able to attend, but we always put their health and well-being first. Thank you for understanding!

Photography Package

The Zoo provides the perfect backdrop for a unique photoshoot with its rolling landscape, historic sites, and wild inhabitants. No matter the type of photos, from engagement to family gatherings, graduation, and holiday cards, they will be forever admired! Our photography package includes a 90-minute escorted golf cart tour to various Zoo locations with your photographer, and a photo session with an animal ambassador.


  • Up to 6 people (including your photographer)


  • 10:00am – 4:00pm (Zoo hours)


  • $850 (90 min)
    • Additional hours: $300 per hour (based on availability)


  • One animal ambassador (based on availability)
    • Additional ambassador: $250 (limit 2 animals)
  • Zoo staff escorts

Potential Locations

  • Main Gate (check out the famous bronze lion statues!)
  • Old Main Valley (includes Victorian wrought iron cages)
  • Mansion House stairs
  • Animal habitats
  • Zoo carousel

penguin plush in front of penguin habitat

Plush Animals

Give your guests a gift! With the animal plush addition, your guests can take the Zoo home with our variety of stuffed animals. Please note: Animals are based on availability. If you would like a specific animal plush, you must let us know at least 45 days in advance so that we may place the order.


  • $10 per plush


  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Chimp
  • Penguin
  • Alligator
  • Lion
  • Otter
  • Bear


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