Starlight Safari Educational Adventure

Looking for a unique fieldtrip for your group?  Now you can enjoy and explore the nighttime Zoo, but still go home and sleep in your own bed!
Interested in a Starlight Safari birthday party or private event?

Lions roar, giraffes run, and snow leopards pounce! Many of the Zoo animals become more active at dusk, and a Starlight Safari is the perfect program to witness it all. Bring your group or class for an educational and truly unique zoo experience!

Nighttime Activities included in a Starlight Safari:

  • Survive and Thrive: A fun and interactive, live animal program highlighting the amazing adaptations that animals use in the wild.
  • Staff guided tour of the Zoo: See the different nocturnal animals and watch how their behavior changes when the sun goes down.
  • Nighttime tour through the reptile house: A unique experience only available during Starlight Safaris! Many of the creepy, crawly critters are active at night.
  • Discovery room: An educational classroom with pelts, skulls, and other animal biofacts.
  • Your program also includes games and an up-close encounter with live animals!

Starlight Safari visitors enter through the front gate of the Zoo.
Entrance gates close promptly at 6:15 pm.

  • 6:15pm - 6:30pm: Survive and Thrive
  • 6:30pm - 7:15pm: Guided tour of the zoo
  • 7:15pm - 7:30pm: Snack time and break in Kampala breezeway
  • 7:30pm - 8:15pm: Guided tour of the Reptile House and Discovery Room
  • 8:15pm - 9:00pm: Nocturnal program in Kampala with animals and games


  • Maximum 40 people allowed
  • Groups must have 1 adult chaperone for every 6 children (ages 5-17) attending.
  • Starlight Safaris can be booked year round.


  • Group of up to 20 people: $600
  • $35 for each additional person up to 40 people

Extra services available:
Professional Storytellers: $200, Animal Enrichment: $50, Take Home Craft: $50

Starlight Safaris must be reserved 3 weeks in advance. To reserve your date, please email the Reservation Specialist or call (916) 808-8814.
Download the Starlight Safari Request Form.

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