November 22, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)



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.

Join Santa and some of his friends from the North Pole in the Gheens Room/Islands Pavilion as it becomes a festive holiday wonderland. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and some of Santa’s favorite elves. Mrs. Claus provides holiday refreshments while families join in a sing-along of popular Christmas carols. Children are invited to create a take-home holiday keepsake plus visit with Santa for their complimentary photo.  Plus, families can let their Santa’s Safari Passport guide them along a discovery trail through the Zoo’s heated buildings for some special animal encounters.  Santa’s Safari stations provide guests with the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with Zoo educators with biofacts and select outreach animals. 

Special tickets are required and are ONLY available online. This is normally a sell-out event.

Tickets, which include all-day Zoo admission, are required for all attendees.  Louisville Zoo members receive a discount on these special event tickets.  For guests ages 3 and older, tickets are $15.95 for Louisville Zoo members and $20.95 for non-members.  For guests ages 3 and under, tickets are $8.50 for Louisville Zoo members and $11 for non-members

Additional support is provided by Hibu.

Holiday Camp Registration

Registration for the Zoo’s Holiday Camps is happening now. Guests can choose from the following:

ZOOper Kids Holiday Camp

This ZOOper kids program is designed for children ages 4-5. Campers will enjoy a Zoo walk, craft and a “hands-on” visit with education animals. A healthy snack will be provided.

Monday, December 23

9 a.m.–Noon

Cost: Regular $40; Members $25

Holiday Camp

This all day program for ages 6 – 12 will be packed with activities including animal study, crafts, a “hands-on” visit with education animals and a snack. Children should bring a sack lunch with a drink. Children will be grouped according to age.

Session 1

Monday, December 23

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Session 2

Monday, December 30

9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Session 3

Tuesday, December 31

9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Cost per day: Regular $55; Members $40

Teen Holiday Camp

This all day program for ages 13 – 15 will provide teens with a unique experience. Teens will learn about conservationn projects in the wild as well as explore how our Zoo cares for the many endangered animals that live here. Teens need to bring a lunch and drink, and dress for the weather.

Monday, December 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cost: Regular $55; Members $40

Family Holiday Camp Around the World!

Spend your holiday as a family on a Zoo safari experience. You don’t have to pack your bags and take a long flight to an exotic location. Explore Africa, the Pacific Ocean islands and the

Arctic all in one morning.

Monday, December 30, 9 a.m. – Noon

Cost: Regular $40 per person; Members $25 per person

Family of 4: Regular $120; Members $85

Additional family participants $15 each


About Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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