Night Safaris

Have you ever wondered what happens after everyone leaves the zoo? Just because our guests and staff leave for the night, doesn’t mean things are any less wild.

Explore the zoo with an experienced night owl who knows their way around in the dark. Learn about the adaptations and personalities of our nocturnal and crepuscular critters. Get to see many of your favorite animals prowling and calling in ways you’ve never heard before.

Remember, animals don’t have a bedtime.

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Private Night Safaris

Get a group together and schedule your own private night safari. Great for scouts, schools, clubs and church groups.

  • Advance registration required.
  • All ages
  • Year-round
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • $14 per person (no discount for annual passholders)
  • Minimum group size 10 people. Maximum size 75 people.
  • Participants will be walking around much of the zoo and sometimes over uneven surfaces.  Everyone must stay with the group throughout the program.
  • This is a non-smoking program.

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Public Night Safaris

  • Advance registration required
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • $14 per person (No discounts for Annual Passholders).
  • Participants will be walking around much of the zoo and sometimes over uneven surfaces.  Everyone must stay with the group throughout the program.
  • This is a non-smoking program.

2020 Dates

  • Friday, May 22nd: All ages with adult
  • Saturday, June 27th: All ages with adult
  • Saturday, July 25th: All ages with adult
  • Friday, August 21st: All ages with adult

Reservations available soon

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EXTENDED Night Safaris

Bigger. Deeper. Darker.

Have you been to our other Night Safaris, and still want more? New this year, we are offering extended programs lasting later into the night and pushing deeper into the subjects you want to know about.

  • Advanced registration required.
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • $20 per person (No discount for Annual Passholders)
  • Participants will be walking around much of the zoo and sometimes over uneven surfaces.  Everyone must stay with the group throughout the program.
  • This is a non-smoking program.

2020 Dates

  • Friday, May 29th: Adults 18 and older
  • Saturday, September 5th: Adults 18 and older

Reservations available soon

Contact zkcommunity@zooknoxville.org for more information.