Animals in Action

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About Animals in Action

Meet Animals Up Close!

See exotic cats climb and jump, feed flamingos, and much more!

Bring your camera to this fun and interactive experience, as we bring the animals out to you for an up-close view.

Our expert trainers will also take you behind the scenes to feed, touch, or help train some of our animal ambassadors.

You will hear amazing stories about each animal you meet, and find out how the San Diego Zoo is helping to save species here and around the world.

Some animals are unique to this experience and can only be viewed by attending Animals In Action!

Our animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs.

Subject to change.


  • To book, please call Reservation Sales at 619-718-3000
  • No service animals permitted on tour.

Age Restrictions

  • 5 (no exceptions)
  • Ages 5–15 must be accompanied by a paid adult


  • Minimum: 1
  • Maximum: 35

Change / Cancel Policy

  • Changes or cancellations are not permitted.

Check In

  • 10 minutes
  • Location: Animals In Action entrance gate (center of Urban Jungle)


  • 1 hour
  • Availability subject to change – please check inventory

Program Advisements

  • Admission or Membership is separate and required
  • Allow sufficient time for travel to the Zoo, parking, and to find Check In location
  • Allow additional time for busy summer and holiday periods
  • Please, no large or bulky camera equipment; no tripods except as used as monopods
  • For the safety of our animals, no food or beverages except bottled water
  • Medical exceptions can be made
  • Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes (closed toe are recommended) and dress appropriately for the weather
  • This program takes place outdoors and includes a short walk to a behind-the-scenes area
  • Printed tickets must be presented at check in
  • This program may be canceled in the event of inclement weather, including rain
  • Tours and programs may be modified or cancelled due to safety reasons


  • Adult/Child Ratio: 1:2