The new Wildlife Discovery Tour began providing Six Flags Discovery Kingdom visitors with VIP behind the scenes access this summer. The tour offers an inside look into the care and training of the animals along with ample opportunities for interactions with the animals and their trainers. Highlights include feeding the giraffe and viewing their barn, a private Q and A with the tiger trainer in the tiger habitat and a meet and greet with birds and small mammals.
Experiencing the Wildlife Discovery Tour enhances an ordinary park visit by creating a unique learning experience. Education Manager Nick Way explains the inspiration for the program: “The ultimate goal of this program and really all of the animal programs we have here at the park is to educate and inspire our guests to want to help us conserve our environment. We do this by giving people these up close hands on experiences because we believe that is the best way to educate people about our animals and the environment as a whole. We hope to show people the passion and loving relationships our trainers have for these animals and hopefully to inspire some of those same feelings.”
“I worked with the elephants here at the park for 11 years. During that time I spoke with and let countless people interact with our elephants and saw the impact being that close to such an amazing animal had on them. It is literally the best thing I have done in my life. I know it caused people to fall in love with elephants and because of that to make choices that helped to conserve these amazing animals. Whether people donate money to conservation, change some behavior in their lives because of something they learn here, decide to pursue a career in this field or just talk to their friends about how much they loved the experience they had; I know that the animal interactions here at the park help to make a positive change in people’s lives. Not every person, but hopefully a lot of them over the years.”
The tour meets at the Reptile Discovery at 3 pm and begins with an interesting video about conservation and the effects of poaching and pollutants. The remainder of the 90 minute experience includes a guided walk through exhibits to meet the animals and trainers.
Currently the tour will is offered year round on days the park is open. In the future they hope to offer it on park closed days as well. Guests can sign up in park the day of at Explorers Outpost ($49.99), or to insure a spot on the tour (it is limited to 12 guests and sells out frequently) you can sign up ahead of time at the Discovery Kingdom website ($44.99) Tour includes a professional photo of your choice taken with the animals.