Group Overnight Safaris

The Overnight Safari Program is a fun and educational experience intended for organized groups of 50-150 people such as: school, church and scouting groups.
Fewer people? Try a Family Overnight Safari!

This fun-filled educational evening will guide your group through all that our nighttime Zoo has to offer. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before.

Our program meets California State Science Frameworks for all grades!

During your Overnight Safari you will. . .

  • Take a nighttime tour of the Zoo.
  • Watch the Overnight Safari Leaders give animal feedings and talks.
  • Meet Animal Ambassadors up close and personal!
  • Enjoy songs, stories, and snacks at a campfire program.
  • Listen to the animals as you fall asleep under the stars.
  • Enjoy a continental breakfast.

Group Sleepover Safari visitors enter through the back gate of the Zoo at 6:00 p.m. Need Directions? Entrance gates close promptly at 6:30 pm.

   Evening Schedule

  • 6:00 - 6:30 pm: Move cars into the Zoo - meet at the back gate
  • 6:30 pm: Zoo gates closed and locked
  • 6:00 - 6:45 pm: Set up camp on the reptile house lawn
  • 6:45 - 7:00 pm: Safari welcome at the amphitheater
  • 7:00 - 8:15 pm: Nighttime Safari tour - only adults may bring flashlights
  • 8:15 - 8:30 pm: Nocturnal Nibbles animal feeding
  • 8:30 - 9:30 pm: Fun around the campfire at the amphitheatre
  • 10:00 pm: Bedtime, sleep tight! Those not spending the night should meet at the back of the amphitheater to be escorted to their cars.

   Morning Schedule 

  • 6:30 am: Wake up!
  • 6:30 - 7:00 am: Continenal breakfast. Learn about animal diets as you eat yours! (provided, meet at amphitheater)
  • 7:00 - 7:45 am: Reptile House and Zoo's Backyard scavenger hunt
  • 7:45 - 8:15 am: Morning Munchies animal feeding
  • 8:15 - 9:00 am: Break camp and move cars out of the Zoo
  • 9:00 am: Farewell!! You have a free pass to stay and explore the Zoo during the day!


  • Overnight Safaris are held from the end of April through the end of September.
  • A minimum of 1 adult chaperone per 6 children (ages 5-17) is required. No children under 5 are allowed.
  • Please eat dinner before you arrive.
  • Your group will set up camp on the Zoo’s Reptile House Lawn. You may sleep under the stars or in a tent.
  • The Zoo provides a campfire snack at night and hot chocolate and coffee in the morning. 
  • Don't know what to bring? Check out the list of overnight items.

Groups of 50 people or more: $55 per person

Do you have a group of fewer than 50 campers? Try a Family Overnight SafariStarlight Safari Field trip or birthday party!

To reserve a date for your Group Sleepover Safari, please email the Reservation Specialist or call (916) 808-8814.
Download the Group Overnight Request form

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