Each Backstage Pass is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experience to get up close and personal with a favorite Zoo critter.

For dates and to register click on the program listed on the right under “Upcoming Backstage Pass Programs”.

Note: the Zoo is not a nut-free environment as nuts are a regular part of our animal diets and may be used during animal demonstrations and programs as positive reinforcement.

Backstage Pass Descriptions:

Backstage: Brown Bears
Backstage: Tropical Birds
Backstage: Llamas
Backstage: Penguins
Backstage: Python
Backstage: Sea Otters
Backstage: Stingrays
Backstage: Sloths
Private Backstage Pass Programs

Have you ever wanted to experience wild animals up-close? Now you can by attending one of our Close Encounters demonstrations! This program provides unique and engaging on-site animal experiences to Minnesota Zoo guests. Special animal enrichment and training demonstrations are emphasized during Close Encounters, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with our zookeepers and observe, or even touch, our wildlife.

Close Encounters occur every day, throughout the day, in all areas of the Zoo. With a growing collection of animals and an average of six daily Close Encounters presentations, this program offers something for everyone!

Please check in at the Guest Services Desk for information on the day’s Close Encounters.


Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 05/28/2020
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date: 05/28/2020
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Date: 05/29/2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Date: 05/30/2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Date: 05/31/2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Date: 08/07/2020
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date: 08/08/2020
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Date: 08/08/2020
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 2:00 PM