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Zoo Special Events

Conservation Lecture Series | February through May, 2014

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The Greenville Zoo is partnering with Furman University to present the Committed to Conservation lecture series, focusing on field conservation and the role of a zoo in that effort. The monthly series begins Feb. 4 and ends May 13. Lecture Series | Campus Map
Note: The January 28 session was rescheduled to February 4 due to weather.

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Princess and Pirates/Save the Frogs Day | April 26, 2014

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!

Join a pre-event brunch from 9-10 am for $15 (members) or $20 (non-members), which also includes zoo admission. At the brunch, you can meet your favorite princesses and pirates. There will also be a sparkle station for face painting and the opportunity to pose for photos with the characters. The brunch will also feature a special visit from one of the zoo's animal ambassadors. To reserve your spot, contact the Education Department at 864-467-4850.

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.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

Get Out and Play Day | May 3, 2014

Join us as we celebrate the great outdoors. We will demonstrate activities that will get children learning science and nature outside.

Enter your favorite outdoor fun photo in our Get Out and Play Day Photo Contest. Send your photos to zooed@greenvillesc.gov by April 28, and we'll post them online!
View Photo Contest Rules

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

M.O.M. Missing Orangutan Mothers | May 10, 2014

Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate and pay tribute to orangutan mothers. M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers is our way of doing precisely this! Join us as we celebrate your Greenville Zoo orangutans.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

Endangered Species Day | May 16, 2014

Did you know that May 17 is National Endangered Species Day? Come discover how many animals at the zoo are endangered species. Join us on this day as we discover why animals are becoming endangered and what we can do to help protect them.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

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Brew in the Zoo | May 30, 2014

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 and Greenco. Featured food vendors will be Texas Roundhouse, Courture Cakes and Skin Daddy's BBQ. And guests can enjoy live musical entertainment with Benton Blount! All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo. Tickets go on sale May 1.

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 6:30-9 pm
Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at the door
Check back - online ticket sales open May 1!

International Ungulate Day | June 6, 2014

Did you know? 257 modern ungulate species are presently recognized by the Smithsonian Institution. At least five of these species have become extinct over the past 300 years, and many more are on the brink. Join us as we learn exactly what is an ungulate and what you can do to help!

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2014
Time: 6:30-9 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

World Oceans Day | June 7, 2014

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN in June each year. Join us as we discuss what we do here in the Upstate and how it affects our oceans.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

Ice Cream Social | June 20, 2014

Join us at the first annual Ice Cream Social, with ice cream for sale in cones, sundaes and floats along with Kona Ice and other frozen treats! 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!

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2014
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

National Zookeeper Week | July 7-11, 2014

As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, the role as educators and wildlife ambassadors has become essential for zoo keepers. During the third week of July each year, join us as we celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week by thanking and recognizing all our zoo keepers do for each of the animals at the Greenville Zoo!

Date: July 7-11, 2014
Cost: Admission to the Zoo

Hot Dog Day | July 12, 2014

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.

Date: July 12, 2014
Cost: Adults $8.75; Discount for ages 3-15 of $2.25; Members are free

World Lions Day | August 10, 2014

Since the dawn of man the lion has played an integral role in our lives. To lose the lion from our world would be to lose part of our global heritage. Join us on August 10th to celebrate the lion, create much needed conservation awareness and raise funds for the new lions den. Education staff and zoo keepers will be on hand for designated talks and treats for the lions!

Date: August 10, 2014
Cost: Admission to the zoo

Zoo-A-Palooza | Date Pending

The concert provided by B93.7/WFBC is held each August at the Greenville Zoo and features some of today's hottest rising stars, with even some appearances by HUGE artists. In previous years we’ve had: David Archuleta, Mat Kearney, Chris Wallace, Austin Mahone, and Cody Simpson! Proceeds of Zoo-A-Palooza will benefit various programs around the zoo.

Date: To be determined, last year's event was held in August

International Vulture Awareness Day | September 4, 2014

Enjoy a morning at the zoo learning all about Nature's Clean-Up Crew! Meet our vultures, talk with our zoo keepers and watch in amazement as our vultures enjoy feedings several times throughout the celebration. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas. Join us as we discuss the benefits of these peculiar birds.

Date: September 4, 2014
Cost: Admission to the zoo

Sippin’ Safari | September 5, 2014

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.

Date: September 5, 2014

International Red Panda Day | September 20, 2014

Join us as we participate in International Red Panda Day along with an expected 100,000 visitors at more than 40 zoos worldwide! There will be fun and activities celebrating Red Pandas.

Date: September 20, 2014
Cost: Admission to the zoo

Boo in the Zoo

Boo in the Zoo | October 17-19 and 24-26, 2014

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 3 for Greenville Zoo members and October 13 for the general public.
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Boo Hours:
Friday 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Saturday 4 pm - 8 pm
Sunday 4 pm - 8 pm

Safari Santa | December 6, 2014

Don't wait in the boring line at the mall...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.

Date: December 6, 2014
Cost: Admission to the zoo