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Zoo Special Events

M.O.M. Day Missing Orangutan Mothers
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 9 am-1 pm

Join us for MOM Day! We will be paying tribute to orangutan mothers and learning all about their plight in the wild and what you can do to help! The MOM Campaign is a positive way to bring attention to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes by encouraging people to help protect them.

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Celebrate Mother’s Day with us! Free admission all day for moms with a paying child (ages 3 – 15).

Endangered Species Day | May 15, 2015, 10 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 presented by RJ Rockers | May 29, 2015, 6:30-9pm

The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo, presented by RJ Rockers. 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 provided by The Broadcast a hard-edged soulful rock band from Asheville, NC. All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo. Tickets go on sale May 1.
Brew Tickets: Buy General Admission Ticket | Buy Designated Driver Ticket

World Oceans Day | June 6, 2015, 10 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!

World Giraffe Day | June 21, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

World Giraffe Day is an exciting initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year! Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these much loved animals, but an annual event to raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. Join the Greenville Zoo as we celebrate our long-necked friends.

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.

World Lion Day | August 10, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate the importance of the lion worldwide. Since the dawn of man the lion has played an integral role in our lives: symbolically, religiously, culturally, economically and biologically. To lose the lion from our world would be to lose part of our global heritage. Be sure to visit on August 10 to learn more about these incredible animals.

International Vulture Awareness Day | September 5, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

The first Saturday in September has been set aside as a day to consider the ecological importance of a bird of prey that is otherwise mostly dismissed with a shudder. With some species under severe threat of extinction, International Vulture Awareness Day aims to educate a reluctant public in the critical role of this creature to the well-being of the environment. Join the fun and learn many interesting facts about vultures.

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

International Red Panda Day | September 19, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

The third Saturday of September each year is International Red Panda Day. Come learn about red pandas and the vulnerability of the species, which is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwest China.

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 5, 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.