Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek Offers Exclusive Animal Experiences

Is hand-feeding a lemur on your family's list of summer adventures?


Image courtesy of Greensboro Science Center.

Greensboro Science Center (GSC) Visitors at the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the GSC's zoo animals beginning this Saturday, July 9, via a new behind the scenes experience. The new program, Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek, enables participants to learn more about the GSC's zoo animals, participate in enrichments and talk to zookeepers in an intimate setting. 

Each Trek will be led by an educator and includes four animal experiences. Selected experiences vary, but may include going inside the red panda exhibit to watch a feeding, giving tigers a goat milk treat, hand-feeding lemurs or hosing down tortoises to keep them cool. While participating in these enrichments, participants will learn about the GSC's individual animals and the important conservation issues surrounding their species in the wild. The GSC hopes these experiences will instill in visitors a deeper understanding of the animal world.

"It is our hope that guests will walk away from Zoo Trek with a greater desire to support species initiatives for wild populations. Our animal residents serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and we hope these intimate experiences will empower visitors to make even the simplest changes to live a more conservation-minded lifestyle," says Curator of Birds and Mammals Jessica Hoffman-Balder.

Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek will be offered Saturdays at 1 p.m. from July 9 - August 27 for an introductory price of $50 per person (ages 8+), in addition to general admission. General admission is $12.50 for adults ages 14-64, $11.50 for children ages 3-13, and $11.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under and Greensboro Science Center Members are admitted free. Reservations are recommended as capacity is limited. Reservations can be made online at


In addition to Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek, the GSC's Inside Tracks program offers two additional opportunities for visitors to experience up close, behind the scenes encounters.

Inside Tracks: Aquarium Adventure (formerly Behind the Scenes Experience) brings participants behind the scenes of the GSC's aquarium to visit animal holding areas and learn how staff members care for the animals and exhibits. Highlights include learning about the aquarium animals' diets, walking through the maze of pumps and filters that maintain the animals' water quality and visiting the top of the shark tank to view the entire 90,000-gallon habitat. Offered daily at 2 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Minimum age: 8. Group size: up to 12 participants. Tickets: $15/person in addition to general admission.

Inside Tracks: Penguin Encounters is an opportunity for visitors to come nose-to-beak with one of the GSC's African penguins. During this experience, participants will join a penguin in the encounter room and watch as the bird explores and plays, talk with experts about the GSC's colony and about wild African penguin populations, and have the opportunity to take a photo of the experience. Offered Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:15 p.m. through August. Minimum age: 6. Group size: up to 8 participants. Tickets: $45/person in addition to general admission.

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