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Louisville Zoo Celebrates National Zookeeper Week July 20-26

The Louisville Zoo will celebrate National Zookeeper Week July 20-26 and will culminate with Zookeeper Day on July 26. Each day will feature an animal with special enrichment activities and keeper talks in that animal area. Zoo docents will also be on hand providing interpretation and answering questions each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Louisville Zoo Announces New Communications Manager

The Louisville Zoo recently promoted Robert Kemnitz to Communications Manager. He has been at the Zoo for a total of 13 years, most recently in the role of Communications Coordinator. 

Louisville Zoo Celebrates 1000th Black-footed kit

The Louisville Zoo is proud to announce the birth of the 1000th Black-footed Ferret kit at the Louisville Zoo’s Conservation Center.  The kit was named “JoGuy” for longtime black-footed ferret keepers Guy Graves and Joanne Luyster, as well as Black-footed Ferret reproduction pioneer JoGayle Howard. “JoGuy” was born to dam “Rhianna” and sire” Fettuccine” on June 10, 2014.

Ford Motor Company Presents June at the Zoo

Join us at the Louisville Zoo for many exciting adventures throughout June presented by Ford Motor Company.

Louisville Zoo Ranks 12 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards

The Louisville Zoo was recently nominated for Best U.S. Zoo in the 10Best Readers' Choice awards for USA Today.   Out of over 200 accredited zoos in North America, USA Today nominated just 20 zoos from which fans could vote  to create the 10 best list. Results were revealed Wednesday, May 21, and the Louisville Zoo came in 12th.

Earth Day Festival

The Louisville Zoo will celebrate Earth Day on April 13, with a news conference including Mayor Greg Fischer, who will announce the winners of the Zoo’s 2nd annual Trashformation: Trash-to-Treasure art contest. In addition, guests can enjoy a $3 discounted general admission, courtesy of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, free parking and eco-exhibitor booths.

Louisville Zoo Launches Season

The Louisville Zoo has its own version of March Madness; the staff is gearing up for the spring and summer seasons.  Guests will also experience a brand new gift shop and redesigned concession areas. The season kicks off on Saturday, March 15 when guests can enjoy the Zoo longer. Spring Zoo hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and guests can stay in the Zoo until 6 p.m.

Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth

The Louisville Zoo is throwing its annual bash for the Earth – Party for the Planet: a Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The month of April includes special activities; zookeeper presentations; a regional art contest for students; $3 admission on April 13; and events to delight patrons of all ages.

Zoo’s Adopt-a-Garden program seeks experienced gardeners

Adopt-a-Garden, the Louisville Zoo’s volunteer botanical gardening program, is seeking experienced gardeners. Now in its fourth year, the program will allow individuals, families (ages 18+) and groups with green thumbs to adopt specific garden sites throughout the Zoo. Signs will mark each garden site with the individual’s or group’s name.

Louisville Zoo Announces Staff Changes

The Louisville Zoo recently promoted Rich Williams to director of Maintenance and welcomed Eugene Carner as the manager of Membership Services. Williams was promoted from supervisor of Maintenance to director. Eugene Carner recently joined the Louisville Zoo as the manager of Membership Services.

Zoo offers Unique Way to Say “Be Mine”

This Valentine’s Day, the Louisville Zoo has a unique way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” and make a difference. Now through February 14, you can save $5 on a special Valentine’s message package through the A.D.O.P.T.S. (Animals Depend on People To Survive) program.  Funds received from the “adoptions” go directly toward the care and feeding of the amazing creatures in our care.

Cash in on Zoo Savings!

The Louisville Zoo,  WLKY.com and Moe’s Southwest Grill have teamed up to create an exclusive online offer for a discounted Louisville Zoo Membership that includes a special bonus incentive.

Zoo To Hold Job Fair

The Louisville Zoo will host a job fair on January 25 in the Zoo’s Gheens Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo is seeking candidates to fill seasonal positions in various departments including Admissions, Education, Guest Services, Horticulture, Membership and Rides and Attractions. Candidates will be provided training and should be outgoing, highly motivated individuals who enjoy working with the public and will provide outstanding customer service.

Polar Bear Cub Qannik turns 3!

Sing Happy Birthday, sign a birthday card and watch Qannik enjoy a peanut butter cake made especially for her by Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli in St. Matthews and special enrichment items.

Louisville Zoo partners with Service Systems Associates to Boost Guest Experiences

The Louisville Zoo recently named Denver-based Service Systems Associates (SSA) as its exclusive hospitality partner.  Under terms of the agreement, SSA will manage the culinary and retail programs at the 134-acre facility and will support the Zoo’s mission to “Better the Bond Between People and Our Planet” by providing a great experience for guests.

New Maned Wolf and Four New Meerkats make Louisville Zoo debut

“Rocko” a one-and-a- half year old male maned wolf and four new male meerkats made their Zoo debut recently after clearing the mandatory 30 day quarantine for all new animals.

The Gifts That Keep On Giving --Zoo Memberships or Animal Adoptions

The gift that keeps on giving memorable experiences through the entire year is a Zoo membership. Right now guests can gift a Louisville Zoo membership by December 31 and save $5 on a full year of excitement and adventure that includes unlimited free admission to the Zoo and the Papa John’s Splash Park (seasonal) and free parking during regular Zoo hours. A small plush zebra is also included.

Santa goes on Safari at Louisville Zoo & Zoo Holiday Camp Registration

Tickets to the Louisville Zoo’s Santa’s Safari are on sale now at louisvillezoo.org. The popular annual holiday event will be held on December 7-8 and 14-15 at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. and includes the special holiday showing of The Polar Express 4-D Experience.   The Polar Express 4-D Experience runs through January 5, 2014.

Mayor Fischer, JCPS Superintendent and Other Leaders Participate in School At The Zoo with Student Buddies

Louisville Zoo Partners With Kroger and Dare to Care For Food Drive and $5 Discount

The Louisville Zoo is teaming up with Kroger and Dare to Care Food Bank from now until February 28,2014 to collect food items for struggling families in Kentuckiana.  Guests who visit during Wild Winter Days, presented by Kroger, can receive $5 off regular adult or child general admission with at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care. The discount also applies to the Winter Adventure Ticket.

New Animals Debut at Louisville Zoo

LeBron, a beautiful new male jaguar, is making his local debut this week at the Louisville Zoo along with two new addax calves recently born on Zoo grounds. Two addax calves were recently born at the Louisville Zoo. One male, born in mid-September, and a female, born in August have joined the collection. Both calves can now be seen in the addax yard near the 4-D Theater. 

Sign-up for the Zoo’s Wild Walk to Support Endangered Species

The Louisville Zoo and Louisville Water will make a splash with “Water Wows!”  The weekend kicks off Friday, August 9 with the Friday night movie Ice Age: Continental Drift with pre-movie activities by the Louisville Water Company beginning at 6 p.m.

Zoo and Louisville Water Company Team Up to Explore Water

The Louisville Zoo and Louisville Water will make a splash with “Water Wows!”  The weekend kicks off Friday, August 9 with the Friday night movie Ice Age: Continental Drift with pre-movie activities by the Louisville Water Company beginning at 6 p.m.

WAKY Great American Date Night at Zoo

Make a date for WAKY’s Great American Date Night July 20. The date begins at 6 p.m. with tastings by Qdoba while supplies last.  From 6 to 8 p.m.,  guests can paint  take-home artwork compliments of Wine and Canvas.

Louisville Zoo Celebrates Significant Hatching

For the first time in the Louisville Zoo’s 44-year history, a red-crowned crane was hatched. This hatching is not only significant to the Zoo’s history, but significant to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This is the first chick hatched for the year in the AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP).

Introducing  “Ziva”

The Louisville Zoo’s newest Zebra foal has a name — “Ziva” — named for the character on the hit CBS show NCIS.

Zoo Guests Invited to Vote on Baby Zebra Names

Nearly 5,000 names were submitted in the Zoo’s Baby Zebra naming contest presented by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center.  Participants were asked to submit a female name for the Zoo’s newest addition – a female Hartmann’s mountain zebra born in January, 2013.

Mother's Day at the Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is throwing a party for the Earth, an extravaganza in April filled with special activities, a regional art contest for students, $2 admission on April 21 and more attractions to delight patrons of all ages.

20TH ANNUAL THROO THE ZOO

The Louisville Zoo is throwing a party for the Earth, an extravaganza in April filled with special activities, a regional art contest for students, $2 admission on April 21 and more attractions to delight patrons of all ages.

Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth

The Louisville Zoo is throwing a party for the Earth, an extravaganza in April filled with special activities, a regional art contest for students, $2 admission on April 21 and more attractions to delight patrons of all ages.

Zebra Foal born at Louisville Zoo

For the first time in 13 years the Louisville Zoo celebrated the birth of a female Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal. Born to Morena and Gibbs, the 72 lb. foal was birthed on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. The female foal took her first steps by 3:15 a.m. and was nursing by 3:17 a.m. Mother Morena and her foal are doing well. The foal is expected to be on exhibit for the public in the coming weeks pending weather.

Zoo Celebrates International Polar Bear Day with Top Scientist’s Free Public Lecture at Bellarmine

Renowned polar bear scientist Andrew Derocher, Ph.D.is making a special trip to the Louisville Zoo in celebration of International Polar Bear Day on February 27.  A leading polar bear researcher and author of “Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior,” Dr. Derocher will offer a free captivating and inspiring talk on the fate of an Arctic icon, the Polar Bear, at Bellarmine University on February 27 at 7 p.m. in Frazier Hall.

Ice Age 4-D opens at Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo guests can immerse themselves in the hilarity of the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs when it opens in the new multi-sensory 4-D Theater presented by Ford Motor Company in early March.

Zoo Celebrates Gorilla Helen’s 55th Birthday

This Valentine’s Day the Louisville Zoo has a unique way to send a special message to loved ones and to help make a difference all at once. Now through February 14 you can save $15 on a special Valentine’s message package through the A.D.O.P.T.S. (Animals Depend on People To Survive) program.

Zoo Celebrates Gorilla Helen’s 55th Birthday

On Saturday, January 19 at 11 a.m., The Louisville Zoo and its guests will spend this Saturday celebrating Gorilla Helen’s 55th birthday with a birthday cake and by singing Happy Birthday.

Zoo Enrichment Gift Tree

The Louisville Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) has set up an enrichment “angel” tree at the Zoo’s entrance.  Much like a mall angel tree, Zoo guests can choose a tag off of the enrichment tree and return the purchased item to the Zoo by December 22.

The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience Makes Stop at Louisville Zoo

This holiday season Zoo guests can take their own journey and discover the magic of the holidays with The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience. Arriving in Louisville November 17 through January 6 at the Zoo’s 50-seat 4-D Theater presented by Ford Motor Company, this 13-minute action-packed experience features special effects exclusive to the 4-D Theater experience.

Louisville Zoo’s Orangutan Awareness Weekend November 10-11

Experts predict that orangutans could be extinct in the wild in 10 years. On November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., find out how you can help these magnificent animals during Louisville Zoo’s Orangutan Awareness Weekend. Both days will feature enrichment programs that include a food toss at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and special zookeeper talks at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Islands exhibit. Docents will also be on hand Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 3 p.m. to provide information, biofacts and more. A typical orangutan diet will be displayed and kids can pick up orangutan coloring sheets.

Louisville Zoo Partners with Dare to Care with food drive and $5 discount

For its fourth year, the Louisville Zoo and Dare to Care Food Bank are partnering up to gather canned food for struggling Kentuckiana families by offering a special Zoo discount November 1 through February 28. To participate, Zoo guests just need to bring in at least one canned food item per person and receive $5 off Zoo admission. The discount also applies to Adventure Ticket packages which include admission and one ticket for the 4-D Theater which is presented by Ford Motor Company.

Introducing 'Silvester'

The Louisville Zoo’s newest giraffe calf has a name — “Silvester” — named after longtime giraffe keeper Silvia Zirkelbach, who shares a birthday with the calf. Names were submitted by Zoo patrons in a contest sponsored by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center, and giraffe keepers narrowed the names to three for public voting. Zoo visitors had until October 14 to vote for their favorite name by dropping coins and bills at a naming kiosk on the Zoo’s Front Plaza. 

Zoo Guests to Vote on Giraffe

Over 1500 names were submitted in the Zoo’s Giraffe naming contest presented by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center. The zookeepers who care for the giraffe narrowed the names down to three.

Louisville Zoo Recognized for Top Honors in Exhibit Design

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Louisville Zoo has received Top Honors in the AZA 2012 Award for Exhibit Design for the Glacier Run exhibit.

Oil Spill at Louisville Zoo Contained

At 7 a.m. this morning Zoo Staff discovered an oil trail from the used oil containment unit to the sewer drain near the maintenance garage. Action was immediately taken to abate anymore source oil from entering the drain and proper authorities were called including Louisville Fire, Louisville Hazardous Materials units, MSD and the Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness.

Floyd Memorial Birthing Center presents Bongo Calves Naming Contest

Three bongo calves (one male and two females) were born in mid-May at the Louisville Zoo. Now you can help name these three calves by participating in the Zoo’s Bongo Naming Contest presented by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center. Additional support is presented by Lite106.9 and New Country Q103.1.

Great American Date Nights At The Zoo With WAKY

The Louisville Zoo and WAKY go classic in July for Great American Date Night at the Zoo!  Two dates are set to celebrate classic cars, classic hits and classic films — the first will take place July 14 and features Caribou and the classic film American Graffiti  and then again July 28  with The Headstones and Elvis Tribute artist Don Goodfleisch and the movie Viva Las Vegas.

Zoo Achieves Record Attendance

As of April 2012, the Louisville Zoo hosted a record 12-month attendance of 948,155 visitors. The largest prior 12-month gain was seen following the opening of the award-winning Gorilla Forest in 2002.  Visitors now name Glacier Run as their favorite Louisville Zoo exhibit.

Earth Day Festival

The Louisville Zoo will Celebrate Earth Day April 22 with $2 admission and an Earth Day Festival sponsored by LG&E and KU

Kindergartners First To See New Movies at Grand Opening of the 4-D Theater presented by Ford Motor Company

“Tundra”, the Zoo’s polar bear mascot, and Kindergartners from the Brown School donning their 4-D theater glasses and exclaiming Vámonos! will help the Zoo open its new 4-D theater attraction on Friday, March 30 with the first viewing of the two new movies: Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4-D Experience.

New 4-D Attraction Set for Spring

The Louisville Zoo will open a new 50-seat 4-D Theater March 30. The new theater will have 3-D projection, surround-sound audio and exciting 4-D special effects that fully immerse audiences, and includes lots of surprises like bubbles, wind, water squirts, leg ticklers and more. It debuts with two new movies Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4-D Experience. The 4-D Theater is presented by Ford Motor Company.

Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth

The Louisville Zoo, thanks to Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, will celebrate Earth Day throughout April during Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth. Earth Day is observed April 22 nationwide.

Tundra to help unveil the Zoo’s arctic-wrapped “100 Cars for Good” Toyota Highlander

This past Summer Facebook fans helped the zoo win a Toyota Hybrid Highlander in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.  The Highlander now has its arctic-wrap and is ready to be unveiled by Zoo director John Walczak with the help of Zoo mascot Tundra.

Zoo’s Adopt-a-Garden program seeks experienced gardeners

Adopt-a-Garden, the Louisville Zoo’s volunteer botanical gardening program, is seeking experienced gardeners. Now in its third year, the program will allow individuals, families (ages 18+) and groups with green thumbs to adopt specific garden sites throughout the Zoo.

Sea Lion “Bart” to Vote For Super Bowl Coin Toss in Papa John’s Free Pizza Coin Toss

Bart, one of the sea lions at Glacier Run, will call heads or tails for the Papa John’s Superbowl free pizza coin toss. Through some of the training behavior that Bart exhibits daily in public demonstrations he will register his vote in the free pizza promotion. If the public calls the coin toss correctly all Papa John’s rewards members will receive a free pizza and a Pepsi max from Papa John’s on Super Bowl Sunday.

Zoo Offers Unique Way to Say “Be Mine”

This Valentine’s Day the Louisville Zoo has a unique way to send a special message to loved ones and to help make a difference all at once. Now through February 10 you can save $15 on a special Valentine’s message package through the A.D.O.P.T.S. (Animals Depend on People To Survive) program. A.D.O.P.T.S. participants partner with the Zoo in the care of the animals by “adopting” an animal of their choice for a full year.

Louisville Zoo receives $40,000 UPS grant

The Louisville Zoo recently received a $40,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used to help support School at the Zoo, a week-long “hands-on,” “minds-on,” interdisciplinary experience designed primarily for fourth and seventh grade students using the Zoo as a “living classroom.”