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Zoo Special Events

Get Out and Play Day | Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9am–1pm

This event was created by our education staff to help get children outdoors and combat Nature Deficit Disorder. Each year, various vendors and government agencies are invited to have a booth in the zoo that educates and/or encourages families to get outside.

Enrichment Day | Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm

What is enrichment? The AZA Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) defines enrichment as a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animals’ behavioral biology and natural history. Therefore, enrichment and environmental enrichment devices can be anything that enhances the natural behaviors of an animal. At the Greenville Zoo, our animals get a lot of enrichment to keep them healthy and happy. Join us for a special day as the keepers celebrate all things "enrichment"! Lions will pounce and monkeys will leap, while educators describe the behaviors and activities taking place. Be sure to not miss this exciting day of fun!

Member Appreciation Night | Friday, April 10, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm

Join the Greenville Zoo for a cool evening exclusively for its members! The free event features live musical entertainment, free popcorn and Pepsi products (while supplies last), special zookeeper talks and enrichment activities. Members will also receive a 20 percent discount in the zoo gift shop. If you're not a current zoo member, it's not too late to renew and take part in this special evening! Purchase your membership BEFORE the event!
Member Appreciation Night is open to Greenville Zoo members only. Zoo guest tickets and reciprocal zoo memberships will not be accepted. Memberships will be sold on the night of the event.

Party for the Planet | Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9 am-2 pm

The Greenville Zoo celebrates Earth Day with our Party for the Planet! Vendors from across the Upstate will assist the zoo to educate and share information about conservation. We will also be showing you how to play a part in making a difference for the future of our planet.

Princess and Pirates - Save the Frogs Day, and DNA Day | Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 am-2 pm

In an effort to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide, the Greenville Zoo will host Save The Frogs Day. The annual event will feature educational activities, frog-inspired arts and crafts and contests. Adding a special twist to the event, children ages 12 and under who attend the event dressed as a princess or pirate will receive half price admission ($2.25). Princess and Pirate characters will also be strolling the zoo grounds!

Save The Frogs Day is one of the largest amphibian education and conservation events. At least 150 Save The Frogs Day events will take place in 25 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Australia. Researchers of Greenville Zoo (FROGZ) have partnered with various organizations throughout the years to raise funds for SAVE THE FROGS!, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to amphibian conservation.

Also, April 25 is DNA Day, the anniversary of the day the structure of DNA was published by Watson and Crick. In honor of DNA Day and Save the Frogs Day, the Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center will help zoo patrons isolate DNA from strawberries and learn how DNA information has revolutionized many fields, including species identification and conservation. DNA is helping us save the frogs!

Endangered Species Day | May 15, 2015, 9 am-1 pm

This event is presented by the education staff. It is an opportunity for guests to learn about endangered species and how to protect them.

Brew in the Zoo | May 29, 2015, 6-9pm

The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo. The evening provides adults 21 and older an opportunity to sample an assortment of beers while exploring the zoo during its after-hours.

Brew in the Zoo promises a fun evening of sampling, with beer provided by RJ Rockers, along with food and live musical entertainment. All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo. Tickets go on sale May 1.

World Oceans Day | June 6, 2015, 9 am–1 pm

World Ocean’s Day seeks to educate the public about the world’s oceans, waterways, and their inhabitants, in partnership with AZA (The Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

Ice Cream Social | June 20, 2015, 11 am-1 pm

Cool off on the first day of summer at the zoo with entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone - including face painting and more!

Hot Dog Day | July 11, 2015, 9 am-4 pm

Greenville Zoo visitors can enjoy hot dogs, Pepsi products, chips and ice cream for 50 cents each at the annual Hot Dog Day. Zoo admission for the event is $8.75 for adults. Children ages 3 to 15 will receive a special discounted admission for $2.25. Admission is free for Greenville Zoo members.

Sippin’ Safari | September 11, 2015, 6-9:30 pm

The annual sampling event presented by Friends of the Greenville Zoo transforms the Greenville Zoo into a pathway of wine and food tasting stations, live music, tours of the zoo and a silent auction not to be missed. The purpose of Sippin’ Safari is to raise awareness and funds for various programs around the zoo and Friends of the Greenville Zoo.

Boo in the Zoo | October 16-18 and 23-25, 2015
5:30pm – 8pm on Fridays and 4pm – 8pm Saturdays and Sundays

Greenville Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween event for children ages 12 and under features trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and an un-haunted house. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone is invited to come in costume. Tickets go on sale October 2 for Greenville Zoo members and October 12 for the general public.

Safari Santa | December 6, 2015, 11 am–1 pm

Come enjoy the zoo AND have your photo taken with Santa! The event will offer zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to have their photo taken with Santa will receive a free cookie and milk. As part of the event, some of the zoo animals will have their own Christmas tree and will enjoy a variety of enrichment treats.