As a precaution, all behind-the-scenes tours have been suspended until further notice. Please check back for available dates!

See the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before!

Meet the African Watering Hole keepers and learn about all the unique aspects of one of our newest buildings, the Africa Barn, which houses birds, sitatunga and tortoises at various points throughout the year.

Here you will get a closer look at the Zoo’s sitatunga herd, which is a part of a very successful breeding program in the country. You will see the bird holding area where our African aviary birds migrate for the winter in addition to the tortoise room.


Price: $300 (for up to 4 people)

  • All day Zoo admission included
  • Additional guests can be added for $50/person

Max. Group Size: 8 people

Days Available: Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
(Must be reserved at least a month in advance)

Scheduled Time: Afternoon tour
(Time chosen by area manager)

Tour Length: 25-30 minutes

Minimum Age: N/A, children under 3 must be carried
(Groups including children under 12 years of age must have a ratio of one adult per two children)


Have less than 4 people or a flexible schedule?

New pre-scheduled Behind-the-scenes dates are perfect for small groups and those in a time crunch. Pre-scheduled tours are priced per person and have all the perks of a regular Behind-the-scenes tour but because these tours are not private, you may share your experience with others.

View Pre-scheduled Dates


Behind-the-scenes tours make great gifts!

Contact the Group Sales Office for more information or to purchase a tour as a gift.

Phone: 443-552-5277

Email: groupsales@marylandzoo.org


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