Be a Jr. Zookeeper at the Boonshoft Museum!

Book Your Date Today!

Spend the morning walking in an actual Zookeepers shoes, as you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes time with the live animals of the Discovery Zoo. Not only will Jr. Zookeepers get hands-on time with adorable animals, they will also learn about the care that goes into keeping these crazy critters happy and healthy!

Perfect for small groups, this behind-the-scenes tour make a perfect gift experience, intimate birthday celebration, or family outing.

Fill out the form below to begin your booking process. Our Live Animals staff will confirm your date and take your payment within 24 days of your submission. Note: Live Animals Staff are here Tuesday - Saturday, if you submit a request on Sunday or Monday, they will contact you with in 24 hours of the following "business" week.

Fees & Hours are as follows:

Programs are available the first and third Saturday of every month, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Children 4 - 13 years old may participate with an accompanying adult. Older children, 14 and up, may participate with the written permission of a parent or guardian.

Programming time: 2 hours

$75/participant; fee does NOT include parent/guardian participant (if applicable)

Your Participant's Information

Note: The Live Animals Department wants you to have the best experience possible, therefore your child or group of children will be the only ones attending the program at your designated time. This program can accommodate 1-4 children.

Select Your Dates

Please note when selecting dates: This program books at least a week out and is only available the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Reservation Information


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NOTE: Please provide an accurate email address and phone number so our Live Animals Department has the best available contact information. After your request as been received, a Live Animals Staff Member will contact you  to confirm your program.

*staff will try to contact you within 48 hours after if your request is submitted Tuesday - Saturday. If a request is made on a Sunday or Monday, please expect it to be within 48 hours of the following "business" day.