Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is due to a layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin that makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

Adult Programs

Twilight at the Zoo Opportunities!

Each adult education program (ages 21 and over) begins with a meet and greet with zookeepers and light hors d'oeuvres followed by a tour with zoo educators and senior animal staff. Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.

Pre-registration is required. These opportunities will fill up fast!

Twilight at the Zoo: Training and Enrichment


Thursday, February 5 
6:30-8:00 pm

$45/members; $50/non-members

At the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, animal training and enrichment go hand-in-hand!  Animal enrichment provides a stimulating environment for animals from parrots to elephants, and training can be an important form of enrichment.  Learn how zookeepers train animals to improve care and management and how both training and enrichment are used together to keep animals physically and mentally healthy.  Participants will learn all about training and enrichment from the zookeepers who do it every day, including exciting live training sessions between keepers and their animals.

Twilight at the Zoo: Remarkable Red Pandas and Stealthy Snow Leopards

red panda

Thursday, April 2 
6:30-8:00 pm

$60/members; $65/non-members

This program is full. Please email Liz to be added to the waitlist.

Guests will have the opportunity to experience the zoo's Himalayan gems up close and personal from a zookeeper's perspective.  Learn all about the care of these elusive, amazing animals from staff who work with them firsthand.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to go where few guests have gone before! 

Twilight at the Zoo: Penguins

Thursday, June 4 
6:30-8:00 pm

$50/members; $55/non-members

Join us for a unique experience focusing on our fascinating Humboldt penguins! Guests will have the chance to go behind the scenes with penguin keepers at Penguin Coast and see how the exhibit operates from an insider's perspective. Zookeepers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our successful penguin breeding program. 


Cancellation Policy:

If you are enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a patron on the waiting list can fill the space. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If there is no waiting list for the program you are cancelling, no refund will be issued.

Wait List:

We often add programs based on the length of the wait list. If the program you are interested in is full, please email or call Liz at 435-8511 ext 205 with the program name and the number of tickets you require. If a space becomes avaliable or we open another program, we will contact you.