Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

Giraffe Tours!

Tickets available for Saturdays and Sundays in March, 2020.  These are the last giraffe tours of the season.  Giraffe Behind the Scenes opportunities will return in November, 2020.

 

Turtle Back Zoo is temporarily closed in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  All Giraffe Tours have also been cancelled.  If you have purchased a ticket for one of those dates, you have been refunded.  Please email mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org if you have questions.

 

 

Note:  Because the weather in March continues to be unseasonably warm, the giraffe may not be in the barn if the outside temperature is 50 degrees or above.  In addition to the regular tour of the barn, keepers will escort tour attendees to a special viewing area attached to the giraffe barn that is not accessible to the general public if the giraffe are on exhibit. As with all tours, with giraffe inside or outside, the giraffe may or may not come close, but usually do.

 

Behind the Scenes Tours at Giraffe, March 2020:  On-hold until further notice

 

All tours begin at 2pm.

Ticket includes

  • 30 – 45 minute Behind the Scenes Tour in the Giraffe Barn
  • 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 15 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.

Cancellations or 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. Cancellations  or rescheduling may be made by contacting the Education Department at 973-731-5800 ext.103 or mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Turtle Back Zoo

The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo is temporarily closing to the public effective March 14, 2020 following the lead and directive of our state health and government officials as a measure to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community.Learn more