Behind-the-scenes experiences are not included with Keeper Level memberships and may be temporarily suspended based on Zoo Knoxville Covid-19 protocols and any other community health and safety issues.
Get A Closer Look With Our Behind-The-Scenes Encounters
Tier 1 Experiences
Tour the “kitchen” – the lab space for our reptile collection. See some of the rarest animals at our zoo – and on the planet. Most of the animals seen on this experience are not on exhibit. At any given time, the chelonians in the lab areas may be incubating, hatching or just born.
Tier 2 Experiences
See behind the scenes and inside the bears’ exhibit. Create enrichment objects with peanut butter, peanuts and raisins. Hide them inside the exhibit, and then exit and watch the bears sniff out their treats when they’re released from their dens.
Go inside with one of our giant tortoises and learn all about him. Big Al is over 500 pounds and over 150 years old! He’s been at Zoo Knoxville since the 1970s, and loves to be petted and have his neck scratched.