Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Metro Richmond Zoo

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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The Orangutan Experience

A unique, behind-the-scenes look at how we care for the orangutans at the zoo

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private tour led by a zoo educator
  • Learn about orangutan behavior and conservation efforts
  • Meet some of the orangutans and see them in close proximity at one of our orangutan habitats that isn’t open to the general public
  • Enter the orangutan’s night house and prepare enrichment for them

TOUR ITINERARY

  1. Begin tour outside the zoo at the Treetop Zoofari Building
  2. Ride private tour vehicle through behind-the-scenes areas to see African hoofstock like kudu, bongos, and Dama gazelles
  3. Arrive at orangutan habitat and greet Patrick and Lucu (two male orangutans)
  4. Learn about orangutans and the personalities and life histories of the orangutans in our care
  5. Enter the orangutan’s night house to decorate the walls with chalk and prepare enrichment for them
  6. Return to start

The tour lasts about one hour. Photos are welcome.

The Orangutan Experience

    • COST
      • Group of 4 people: $400
      • Each additional person: $50
      • Max people allowed on tour: 8 people
    • AGE
      • Ages 6 and up
    • HOURS
      • Offered Saturdays at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
      • This tour must be scheduled in advance
      • View the available dates on online calendar
      • If your preferred date is not available, email info@metrorichmondzoo.com or call us at (804) 739-5666 to schedule a different day/time
    • SAFETY PROTOCOL
      • At the advisement of our veterinarian and for the safety of our orangutans, all guests ages 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination
      • All individuals must wear N95 masks during the tour
        • If you do not have an N95 mask, one will be provided

See Patrick and Lucu playing in the habitat guests on the tour will visit!

For the safety of the guests and animals, only the educator will interact with and touch the animals.

Zoo admission is not required to participate in The Orangutan experience. Zoo admission is not included with The Orangutan Experience.

The Orangutan Experience is the only behind-the-scenes tour currently offered.