Trainer for a Day

Are you interested in learning what it’s like to be a zookeeper? Then this behind the scenes experience is just for you! Start by learning how zookeepers use operant conditioning to train the animals then spend time with keepers to see the training in action! You will learn how zookeepers work with a variety of animals and even have the opportunity to take part in an animal training session. These programs include a meal(s).

Full Day: As a Trainer for a Day, you’ll start your morning with a continental breakfast and a discussion of operant conditioning (the training method used by our zoo).  You’ll then spend the day in the zoo where you will visit four different animal areas. You’ll learn how the zookeepers work with a variety of animals and even have the opportunity to take part in animal training sessions.  This experience includes lunch at The Kopje Lodge.

    • 1-2 guests per tour
    • Members: $275 per person
    • Non-member: $300 per person

Half Day: As a Trainer for a Half Day, you’ll start with a discussion of operant conditioning (the training method used by our zoo). Then spend your morning or afternoon in the zoo where you’ll visit two different animal areas. You’ll learn how the zookeepers work with a variety of animals and even have the opportunity to take part in animal training sessions.  This experience includes lunch at The Kopje Lodge.

    • 1-2 guests per tour
    • Members: $150 per person
    • Non-members: $175 per person

To book an animal encounter, call 559-470-6880. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.