Field Trips

Explore the Bronx Zoo with our helpful, trained guides. Since 1970, the Friends of the Zoo have provided guided tours to groups of schoolchildren, scouts, families, and adults who are interested in learning more about our animals and exhibits.

  • Tour Length: 60 minutes
  • Tour Times: 10:30-11:30 AM or 1:30-2:30 PM

Private Groups

(any non-school group)

Availability

  • Tours accommodated daily throughout the year

Fee

  • $250 up to 30 people
  • General admission included. *Parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten minors is required.
*For groups interested in Total Experience Admission, contact Group Sales to purchase tickets for 10 or more people. For groups with less than 10 people, purchase Total Experience Tickets in advance on the Bronx Zoo website or purchase at any gate on the date of your visit. This purchase will be in addition to the tour fee.


School Groups

Availability

  • Tours accommodated Monday-Friday from September-June

Fee for NYC Public Schools

  • $150 per group (up to 35 students and 7 adults)
  • General admission to the Zoo is always free for NYC Public Schools. Bus parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten students is required

Fee for All Other Schools

  • $250 per tour up to 35 students and 7 adult chaperones
  • General admission to the Zoo is included. Bus parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten students is required

Adaptations

Examine the differences in animals that allow them to survive in varied environments such as rainforests, grasslands, tundra and deserts. With school groups, we collaborate with teachers to determine which exhibits to visit.

Animal Behavior

Why are some animals more active at night? Why do some live in groups while others are solitary? During this tour, visitors are encouraged to observe animal behavior. We’ll talk about why animals behave the way they do. With school groups, we collaborate with teachers to determine which exhibits to visit. (NYC Urban Advantage Approved)

Endangered Species Tour

Why is wildlife is disappearing? Study the reasons and what conservation actions people can take to save it. With school groups, we collaborate with teachers to determine which exhibits to visit. (Recommended for students 3rd grade & up)

Predator/Prey Tour

Learn about the relationship between predators and their prey, including the physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive. The exhibits we visit changes seasonally. (NYC Urban Advantage Approved)

Aquatic Birds

While they may look fragile, flamingos manage to survive in some pretty inhospitable places in the wild. Sticking together as a group helps. Meet ours, as well as ibises, puffins and more.

Congo Gorilla Forest

Gorillas are closely related to humans. We see that pretty clearly with ours. Watch them and learn about the connection. You’ll also see monkeys, okapis, red river hogs, among others.

JungleWorld Tour

Much here is surprising. As their name suggests, most ebony langurs are black. Many of ours are orange, echoing a group on eastern Java, an island in Indonesia. Learn about them as they leap from limb to limb beside otters, bats, archerfish, fly-river turtles, and peafowl. (September-March only)

Madagascar! and More Tour

Wildlife from the world’s fourth largest island is unique. There are about 36 lemur species native to Madagascar, for instance, among them our Coquerel’s Sifaka. Meet them, plus Nile crocodiles, fossa, sea lions and others along on the Bronx Zoo’s historic Astor Court.

Mouse House Tour

The lighting in the building allows us to see some of our nocturnal critters, like the acrobatic acouchi, out and about. Learn how these species are adapted to their unique environments.

World of Birds Tour

Here we can observe some of our favorite feathered fauna while they roam freely. The birds are attracted to light, so despite our open-air exhibits, they remain inside. Learn about their anatomy, flight, courting, and nesting habits, plus the threats they face today.

World of Reptiles Tour

Investigate the characteristics of reptiles and amphibians and learn what makes each individual species unique. Our scaly superstars include Cuban crocs, green tree monitors, poison dart frogs, and more. We’re particularly fond of the tiny turtles and little lizards that inhabit the reptile nursery. (September-March only)


Registration Information

Contact the Bronx Zoo Education Department at bzeducation@wcs.org or (800) 433-4149, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

We welcome students with special needs. Please be sure to mention the various needs of your students when creating your registration.

Tour Policies

Payment

  • Private/Non-school tour registrations must be paid in full at time of registration by credit card or within 7 business days by check.
  • School tour registrations must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to the first scheduled tour date. Schools may make payment via check or credit card.
  • Purchase Orders are accepted for school tour registrations as long as an approved copy is received by the Bronx Zoo Education Department 2 weeks prior to the first scheduled tour date.
  • Under no circumstances will tours be offered to school groups without full payment or an approved purchase order within 2 weeks of first scheduled tour date.

Cancellations

  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email (bzeducation@wcs.org) or fax (718) 733-9545.
  • Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled date of program.

Late Arrivals

  • Due to a very full schedule, tours may not be extended for late arriving groups beyond the scheduled end time.
  • Tour guides will make every attempt to provide a tour in the time available.
  • Please obtain information on how to locate the Zoo and the specific tour meeting location in advance of your trip.
  • Directions to the Zoo and a copy of the Zoo Map are available online at www.bronxzoo.com.

Weather Conditions

  • All tours are held rain or shine and regardless of inclement weather conditions.
  • Please encourage group participants, especially school children, to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
  • Exceptions are made for schools when field trips are cancelled for an entire school district by their main Department of Education.