VIP Tour

Want to get an inside look at our work here at SFWS? The VIP Tour gives you a chance! This is a private tour just for your group, so we are able to focus on whatever interests you, as well as to go inside the perimeter fence and get a closer look at our animals. Visitors can join our volunteers in preparing meals for our animals, as well as preparing and providing them with enrichment. Afterwards, you are welcome to remain for the regular sanctuary tour at 1:00 pm, if one is being held that day.

How to schedule: Reservations are required. You can book VIP Tours on our online booking form here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

When: VIP Tours must be booked at least a month in advance. The tour is offered at 11:00 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11:00 am on Sundays. We will try to find a day that fits your schedule, but note that we are closed Mondays and Fridays, and are currently unable to accommodate VIP tours on Saturdays or most Tuesdays.

Price: For weekday VIP tours the cost is $125 per adult and $100 for children aged 13-17, teachers, and military personnel. For Sunday VIP tours the cost is $175 per adult and $150 for children, teachers, and military. (For groups of 4-5, the adult price is $100/person on weekdays and $125/person on Sundays.) Payment will be required when you book your spot. Please contact us with any questions.

Inclement weather: Unfortunately, because VIP tours get booked up fairly far in advance, it is difficult to reschedule them due to weather, so we generally avoid doing so. If you need to reschedule due to weather, that’s fine, just know it may be a few months before there is a new available spot. If we do need to cancel, we will let you know as soon in advance as we can, via email and if necessary the phone number you left when booking your reservation.

Restrictions: VIP Tour appointments are restricted to a maximum of 5 people, and participants must be 13 years of age or older. Any minor (under 18 years old) who participates must also have their parent or other legal guardian participating. For safety reasons, we cannot make exceptions to these policies.

Note that a number of safety rules will apply, and for your own safety as well as that of our volunteers and animals, we will strictly enforce them.

Additional information on visiting, and visitors guidelines, can be found on our visiting page. For driving directions and other help planning your visit, see our page on planning your visit.