Family & Adult Programs

Families that Zoo together, care, connect, and conserve together. Our Family and Adult programs provide fun learning opportunities for all. 

Wild Walks

Public Wild Walks:

These one-hour walks on the wild side are fantastic for audiences of all ages. Choose from a variety of themed tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am or 12pm to enhance your Zoo visit. Your knowledgeable guide will entertain you with fun facts, animal stories, and an education program animal encounter that will make you feel like a Zoo insider.

Register online or in person 10 minutes prior to tour start times in Entry Village.

Private Wild Walks:

Planning a special event? An engagement? Birthday? Family reunion? These 60-75 minute tours highlight 3-4 exhibit areas of your choosing with your own personal tour guide. Each Private Wild Walk ends with an animal encounter, where you get a chance to meet 1-2 animals up-close, in an area not usually open to the public. 

Private Wild Walks require advance payment and a minimum of two week’s notice prior to booking. Tours can be reserved 7 days a week within the Zoo’s normal operating hours, pending staff availability. Email to register.

VIP Wild Walks:

These tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 3:15pm. This 90-minute tour begins with an animal encounter and ends at our Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge, where you get the opportunity to feed our giraffes some treats. The highlights of the Zoo tour are completely up to you; we customize our route as we go so you can see all of the exhibits and animals you would like (time permitting). You can register for these tours through our calendar, just click on "VIP Wild Walk" on your desired visit date!

Saturdays and Sundays with no listed tour have already been booked and are not available. Pre-registration required.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7073 ext 8137.

Please check our Calendar of Events to register for Public and VIP Wild Walks.

Email or call 415-753-7073 x8137 to book a Private Wild Walk.


Public Wild Walks

SFZS Members: $7 
Non-members: $10
Kids 5 and under: free

Private Wild Walks

1-10 people:  $100
11-15 people: $150
16-20 people: $200
21-30 people: $300
(For groups over 15, we will split the tour into two groups)

VIP Wild Walks

1-4 people: $250
$50/person after that
12 people maximum for this tour
Children under 5 years old are free (maximum capacity: 5)

**Registration required in addition to Zoo admission for all tours.

Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a new way to explore the Zoo? Solve fun puzzles as you visit the Elinor Friend Playground, Exploration Zone, and Fisher Family Farm on your smart phone with a ClueKeeper scavenger hunt! Best for families with children ages 4-12, this 1.5 hour long hunt will help you discover the Zoo together.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-8124.

Zoo Hunt: $9.99
ClueKeeper Smart Phone App: free
*Admission to the Zoo is not included.


Bring your bicycle to the Zoo for this 1-1/2 hour riding tour. Our informative docents will guide you as you see the animals start their day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds.

We have BikeAbouts scheduled on a monthly basis March through October and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, where we finish our bike ride with a continental breakfast. You can also schedule your own private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more.

Upcoming BikeAbout dates:  September 26, October 17. Pre-registration required.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-8135. 

Please check our Calendar of Events for online registration.

Per peddler
SFZS Members: $18
Non-members: $23 
Free for children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes. 
*Prices vary for Father's and Mother's Day BikeAbouts


The San Francisco Zoo provides an exciting opportunity to camp in the heart of the city. From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo. A special keeper talk will illustrate the great care the Zoo provides to its residents and the role zoos play in the conservation of wildlife. You will also learn some and simple ways that you can help conserve at home. Evening snacks, activities, and a continental breakfast are included. Our professional staff offers a fun adventure while leaving our guests with a memorable experience of a special night at the San Francisco Zoo.

Group Overnights
Our group overnight programs are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis throughout the year. Overnights are a fun, unique, and educational experience for all groups; bring your class, group or troop to the Zoo. View our group Wild Nights brochure which includes pricing and registration information here.

Family Overnights
Several times a year, the San Francisco Zoo hosts parents and children for a night of family fun. Family Wild Nights Gift Certificates are also a great gift idea. Minimum age for children is 6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming Family Overnight dates: July 2-3, August 20-21, September 3-4

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7073 ext 8137.


Once available, please check our Calendar of Events for online registration. Pre-registration is required.

Family Overnight Fees
SFZS Members: $90 per person ($80 per person if registering 5 or more people)
Non-Members: $100 per person ($90 per person if registering 5 or more people)

Twilight Tours

Experience the Zoo in a whole new light – twilight. Twilight Tours are a fun-filled and educational tour experience. Groups go on a nocturnal safari and meet a Zookeeper for an up-close animal encounter. Games, evening snack, and activities are all part of the wild adventure. Twilight Tours are from 6:30pm-9:00pm, for children ages 4 and up. Themed Tours are scheduled throughout the year, but if you have a group of 15 or more you may schedule your own tour.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-8135. 

Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration. Pre-registration is required.

SFZS Members: $30 for children 4-17 years old, $35 for adults
Non-members: $35 for children, $40 adults.

Wildlife Illustration

If you think you can't draw a straight line, much less a moving wild animal, these workshops are for you. Join us for an informal and relaxing introduction to drawing your favorite animals. Learn fundamental drawing skills, proportion, pencil techniques and much more. Class begins with a sketching tour of the Zoo, then instruction moves to more refined portraits using the Zoo's wildlife supplemented by photos. Open to beginners and experienced artists. Your only prerequisite is a love of wildlife. 

Wildlife Illustration with Graphite Pencils 
January 30, February 6, 13 (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm.  Learn to draw your favorite wild animals using fundamental drawing skills with special pencil techniques emphasizing expression and attitudes unique to your chosen subject. Instruction includes how to refine your sketches supplemented by photos to create finished fine art portraits. Discover the beauty of graphite portraiture.

This Class is for the Birds; Tropical Birds!
April 23, 30, and May 7 (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm.  Tropical Birds are featured throughout our Zoo. Class begins with a tour through the newly finished Tropical Rainforest and Aviary, then to the African Aviary. On the way we'll see Flamingos, Kookaburras, hornbills and many other colorful birds. with gouache and colored pencil on a variety of papers students learn drawing and color techniques that reflect the iridescence of hummingbirds, the color of macaws and the delicate beauty of African Crowned Cranes. Open to beginning through advanced artists. 

Painting Wildlife of the Americas
September 17, 24, October 1 (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm.  Join us for a close look at North and South American Wildlife with gouache and colored pencils with a touch of pastels on toned and handmade papers. Here at the Zoo we can find a variety of America's wildlife to use as our models, from polar bears to sloths, otters to penguins. You may also choose models from your own files. Instruction in painting using mixed-media approach on colored paper with introduction to creating subtle landscapes to enhance our wildlife portraits. Open to beginning through advanced artists.

Have a Question? Send an email to or call (415) 753-8135. 

Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration.

SFZS Members: $95
Non-Members: $110

Wild Places, Wild Things! Conservation Speaker Series

Local and international conservationists provide inspirational talks about world-wide conservation efforts. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with scientists and learn about how they are saving wildlife.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7073.

Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures.

not required.


Senior Stroll

Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself. Watch the animals that are active early in the day, with a docent guide to answer your questions and offer fascinating insights into animal behavior.

Senior Stroll is held quarterly every 2nd Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7122.

Upcoming Strolls:

March 10, 2016

June 9, 2016

September 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

not required.

Members: Free
Non-members: $5