Twilight Tours and 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. Choose between a two-hour Twilight Tour or go further into the night with a three-hour Night Safari. Enjoy a Twilight Tour through the zoo or extend your adventure on a Night Safari where we’ll venture off the paths of the zoo to search for native wildlife. Seek out your nighttime neighbors! Every night is a little different and we never know what we’ll encounter. 

Remember, animals don’t have a bedtime. 

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Private Twilight Tours and Night Safaris Into the Dark

Get a group together and schedule your own private Twilight Tour or Night Safari. Great for scouts, schools, clubs and church groups.

  • By reservation only, minimum three weeks in advance.
  • All ages
  • Year round
  • Twilight Tours: 6:00pm – 8:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm; $14 per person
  • Night Safaris Into the Dark: 7:00pm – 10:00pm; $20 per person
  • $50 deposit required within two weeks of confirmation and full payment is due two weeks before the program.
  • Minimum group size 10 people. Maximum size 75 people.

Request Form

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Public Twilight Tours

  • Advance registration required
  • 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.
  • All ages
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • $14 per person (No discounts for Annual Passholders)

2022 Dates

  • Friday, March 11th
  • Saturday, April 2nd
  • Saturday, May 14th
  • Friday, June 3rd
  • Friday, August 5th

Registration

Public Night Safari Into the Dark

Come enjoy a Night Safari that goes deeper into the night! Not only will we enjoy a twilight tour through the zoo but also venture off the paths of the zoo to search for native wildlife. Seek out your night-time neighbors!

  • Advance registration required
  • 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
  • 18 and older
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • $20 per person (No discounts for Annual Passholders)
  • Saturday, July 9th

Registration

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BEDTIME WITH THE BEASTS

What if an evening just isn’t enough?

With Zoo Knoxville’s Bedtime with the Beasts program, your group doesn’t only see the zoo, you get to spend the night up close and personal with our residents. We can cater your experience to meet a variety of needs including scouting merit badges and patches (or just for fun), all while adding more time for adventure and exploration at the zoo.

Learn More

Contact [email protected] for more information.