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Self Guided Pre-Paid Group Reservations

Helpful Information

For more information, you may call 916-351-3384 during normal zoo hours.

Normal Hours: (Sept - May) Tuesday through Sunday and most holidays from 10.00am to 4.00pm (We're closed Monday, which is an animal rest day, unless it's a major holiday)

Summer Hours: (June - Aug) Tuesday through Sunday and most holidays from 9.00am to 3.00pm (We're closed Monday, which is an animal rest day, unless it's a major holiday)

Self-Guided Pre-Paid Group Visit Reservations should be made 30 days in advance and are scheduled for a minimum of 20 and maximum of 60 students and/or adults.  Group visits are offered at a rate of $3.50 per child and $4.50 per adult when pre-paid.  One free adult chaperone will be admitted for every 10 pre-paid child admissions.  Group Visits can be made for Tuesday - Sunday at either 10.15am or 10.45am.

Group discounts are NOT available the day of the visit, they must always be pre-paid.

Cancellations/Rain Policy 
At least 15 days notice is required for all cancellations, date change requests, or to reduce the number of participants expected; less notice results in full charges.


  • Covered picnic facilities and a large play structure are available outside the Zoo in the park.


To provide a more pleasant visit for all zoo patrons and admit large groups fairly, the following policy will be in affect for the spring/summer season.

Admittance to the zoo during peak times (beginning of April through the end of June) will be based on reservation priority.  Tours and Groups with pre-paid reservations will be admitted first.  If a group does not have reservations and the zoo is at capacity, they will be deferred to the park until a group has exited the zoo.

Things to remember:

  • There will be two Docent Guided Tour times, and two Self-Guided Pre-Paid Group Visit times available per day.
  • Groups without reservations may arrive at the zoo during those times, but may have to wait if all reservations times are taken.  If the zoo is at capacity, the group will be asked to spend time in the park or ride the train unti a group has exited.
  • There are no Monday tours.
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