Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

Giraffe Tours are back for the Season!

Giraffe House Behind the Scenes Tours, December:  Register Here                                            Tickets are still available for dates in December!

 

Giraffe House Behind the Scenes Tours, January:  Register Here

Most Saturdays and Sundays in December 2018 and January 2019; public tours are not available on Saturday, December 8 or Sunday, December 16.

All tours begin at 2pm.

Ticket includes:

  • 30 – 45 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Meet and greet the Giraffe Keeper
  • Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

For 6 years old and over only, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  All members of the party must have a ticket. Group sizes are limited to 10 people.  No photographs are permitted; all attendees will sign a photo waiver prior to entering the giraffe barn.

This building contains stairs. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility please contact us so that we may better address your needs at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Your Behind the Scenes ticket gives you Zoo admission before and/or after the tour. Tour attendees must meet Tour Staff 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour at the Reptile House (inside if inclement weather, outside if weather is nice). Tours start promptly at the agreed-upon time; late arrivals may lose part of the tour by being late, or lose the entire tour without refund. Tours will commence regardless of weather, unless cancelled by the Zoo due to unsafe conditions for our Animals, Staff, or Tour Attendees. If we cancel a tour due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and will reschedule a date and time. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and for walking the Zoo.

Rescheduling: Cancellations may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Rescheduling or cancellations may be made by contacting the Education Department at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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Turtle Back Zoo Animal Hospital Behind the Scenes

Saturdays in October, 2018 register here   Register Here

All tours begin at 2pm.

Ticket includes:

  • 30 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Meet and greet one of TBZ’s Vet Techs
  • Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

For 6 years old and over, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; all members of the party must have a ticket.  There are no photos permitted in the Hospital.  Group sizes are limited to 15 people.  This building is accessible, but if you have questions or concerns about accessibility please contact us so that we may better address your needs at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Your Behind the Scenes ticket gives you Zoo admission before and/or after the tour.  Tour attendees must meet Tour Staff 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour at the Reptile House (inside if weather is inclement, outside the entrance if the weather is nice).  Tours start promptly at 2pm; late arrivals may lose part of the tour by being late, or lose the entire tour without refund.  Tours will commence regardless of weather, unless cancelled by the Zoo due to unsafe conditions for our Animals, Staff, or Tour Attendees.  If we cancel a tour due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and will reschedule a date and time.  Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and for walking the Zoo.

Rescheduling: Cancellations may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time.  Rescheduling or cancellations may be made by contacting the Education Department at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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Sea Lion Sound Behind the Scenes

Sundays in September, 2018  REGISTER HERE

All tours begin at 12pm.

Ticket includes:

  • 30 – 45 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Meet and greet the Sea Lion Keeper
  • Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

Get fishy and travel behind the scenes of Sea Lion Sound at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to see the indoor abode of our California Sea Lions. You’ll meet with Keepers, learn about the daily routine of prepping food and Sea Lion training, and discover how much work it takes to maintain this terrific habitat.

Attendees must be 8 years old or over. Group sizes are limited to 8 people; every attendee must have purchase a ticket. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear; some locations may have a wet floor or you may be inadvertently splashed. Some behind the scenes areas are snug or are very noisy; if you have questions or concerns about accessibility please contact us so that we may better address your needs at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Your Behind the Scenes ticket gives you Zoo admission for before and/or after the tour (for Zoo non-members). Tour attendees must meet Tour Staff 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour at the entrance to the Reptile House. Tours start promptly at the agreed-upon time; late arrivals may lose part of the tour by being late, or lose the entire tour without refund. Tours will commence regardless of weather, unless cancelled by the Zoo due to unsafe conditions for our Animals, Staff, or Tour Attendees. If we cancel a tour due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and will reschedule a date and time. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and for walking the Zoo.

Rescheduling: Cancellations with refund may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Rescheduling or cancellations may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 103 or email: mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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Penguin Behind the Scenes

Thursdays in July & August, 2018

6pm TOUR – REGISTER HERE

7pm TOUR – REGISTER HERE

Tours begin at 6pm & 7pm.

Ticket includes:

  • ~30 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Meet and greet with Zoo Staff
  • Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

Travel all the way to the Shores of Africa for a Behind the Scenes look at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s state-of-the-art African penguin exhibit. Meet with a TBZ Educator and Keeper to discover why African penguins are so endangered and how TBZ is aiding their survival as a species. You’ll enjoy learning all about our “waddle” of penguins, their daily care, and the new exhibit. This Behind the Scenes Tour takes place during our weekly summer Late Nights on Thursdays.

Attendees must be 6 years old or over; all children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Group sizes are limited to 10 people; every attendee must have purchased a ticket. It is about a 10 minute walk from the Reptile House to the Penguin entrance. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear; some locations may have a wet floor or you may be inadvertently splashed. Some behind the scenes areas are snug or smell of fish; if you have questions or concerns about accessibility please contact us so that we may better address your needs at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Rescheduling: Cancellations with refund may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Rescheduling or cancellations may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 103 or email: mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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Sea Lion Sound Behind the Scenes

Sundays in June, 2018  REGISTER HERE

All tours begin at 12pm.

Ticket includes:

  • 30 – 45 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Meet and greet the Sea Lion Keeper
  • Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

Get fishy and travel behind the scenes of Sea Lion Sound at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to see the indoor abode of our California Sea Lions. You’ll meet with Keepers, learn about the daily routine of prepping food and Sea Lion training, and discover how much work it takes to maintain this terrific habitat.

Attendees must be 8 years old or over. Group sizes are limited to 8 people; every attendee must have purchase a ticket. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear; some locations may have a wet floor or you may be inadvertently splashed. Some behind the scenes areas are snug or are very noisy; if you have questions or concerns about accessibility please contact us so that we may better address your needs at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Your Behind the Scenes ticket gives you Zoo admission for before and/or after the tour (for Zoo non-members). Tour attendees must meet Tour Staff 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour at the entrance to the Reptile House. Tours start promptly at the agreed-upon time; late arrivals may lose part of the tour by being late, or lose the entire tour without refund. Tours will commence regardless of weather, unless cancelled by the Zoo due to unsafe conditions for our Animals, Staff, or Tour Attendees. If we cancel a tour due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and will reschedule a date and time. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and for walking the Zoo.

Rescheduling: Cancellations with refund may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Rescheduling or cancellations may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 103 or email: mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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Animal Hospital Behind the Scenes

*Currently Unavailable*

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Giraffe House Behind the Scenes

*Giraffe Behind the Scenes will return this Fall.*

Featuring

Giraffe, Sea Lion, Hospital, or Penguins

Schedule

Varies

Admission

Online Pre-registration Required

Interactive Exhibit

Experience Behind the Scenes of your favorite exhibits

Location

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Turtle Back Zoo