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AZA Grants Accreditation to Greenville Zoo

9/18/2014: The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Greenville Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. To be accredited, the Greenville Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association. AZA News Release

Giraffe, Autumn, Delivers Stillborn Calf

8/20/2014: At approximately 3:25 a.m. this morning, the Greenville Zoo’s female giraffe, Autumn, delivered a stillborn calf. Zoo staff were on-hand to monitor Autumn during the delivery. Autumn is currently doing well, but will remain off exhibit today so that she can be closely observed. A necropsy will be performed on the calf later this morning. Zoo Staff Answers Questions

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New Siamang Makes Debut at Greenville Zoo

8/7/2014: Guests visiting the Greenville Zoo this weekend will have the opportunity to meet its newest resident. Ella, a 23-year-old female siamang, joins the zoo as a companion to Oscar, a 22-year-old male siamang. Zoo officials are hoping the pairing will result in a successful match. Read News Release on Ella

Greenville Zoo Awarded Nature Play Grant

7/28/2014: The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Greenville Zoo is a recipient of the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grant. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. Read News Release on Nature Play Grant

Beloved Elephant Passes Away En Route to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

6/15/2014: Greenville Zoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are mourning the loss of Joni (known to the community as Joy), a beloved 44-year-old elderly African elephant, who passed away suddenly while en route to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from the Greenville Zoo. She was being transported because both zoos believed she would receive better geriatric care and have more opportunities for socialization at her new home in Colorado Springs. Read News Release on Elephant Death

Joy the Elephant to Move to Colorado Zoo

5/15/2014: After an extensive search, the Greenville Zoo announced plans for Joy to move to her new home at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The process has been long and arduous, not to mention bittersweet, but the zoo staff was determined to find the very best place for Joy to live out the rest of her life. Read News Release on Elephant Move

Zoo Celebrates Mother's Day with Tribute to Moms

5/08/2014: The Greenville Zoo will treat moms to a special day this Mother’s Day. Mothers will enjoy free zoo admission on Sunday, May 11 when accompanied by one or more children paying full-price admission. In addition, the Greenville Zoo will celebrate and pay tribute to its resident orangutan mother, Chelsea, on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the zoo’s annual Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) Day.
More Information on MOM Day Activities

Brew in the Zoo Tickets On Sale

5/02/2014: The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the 5th annual Brew in the Zoo presented by RJ Rockers. The fundraising event set for Friday, May 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. provides adults with the opportunity to sample an assortment of beers and enjoy live music, all while exploring the zoo during its after hours.
More Information on Brew in the Zoo

Zoo Hosts Save the Frogs Day

4/10/2014: Children are invited to a special day of make believe at the Greenville Zoo’s annual Princess and Pirate: Save the Frogs Day on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a princess and pirate-themed party with a portion of the proceeds going toward conservation efforts for amphibians.
More Information on Save the Frogs Day

Zoo Mourns Loss of Ladybird

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3/4/2014: The Greenville Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ladybird, one of the zoo’s beloved African elephants. Greenville Zoo staff discovered Ladybird lying down in the barn late Monday afternoon. Staff made multiple efforts to help Ladybird stand, but were unsuccessful. The Greenville Zoo staff veterinary team assessed Ladybird’s condition, and it was determined that euthanasia was the best course of action.
More Information on Ladybird's Death

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Love is in the Air - Autumn Pregnant Again

2/14/2014: Autumn, the Greenville Zoo’s 7-year-old Masai giraffe, is pregnant again and is expected to give birth sometime this summer. This will be the second calf for Walter, 8 years old, and Autumn, who gave birth to Kiko in October 2012. Nearly one million viewers worldwide watched the live stream of the Giraffe Exhibit on the zoo’s GiraffeCam, and viewers will once again have the opportunity to watch Autumn during her second pregnancy.
New Release on Giraffe Pregnancy

Ladybird Recuperating After Possible Cold-Related Illness

2/1/2014: Ladybird, one of the Greenville Zoo’s African elephants, may be off exhibit as she undergoes treatment and close observation for a medical condition. Ladybird experienced an episode of colic or abdominal pain, which can be fairly common with a weather change. As a result, she has been receiving supportive care, including oral fluids and high fiber foods.
More Information on Ladybird

Conservation Lecture Series

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1/8/2014: The Greenville Zoo is partnering with Furman University to present “Committed to Conservation” – a lecture series focusing on field conservation and the role that a zoo plays in conservation efforts both locally and globally. The lecture series kicks off at 7 pm on February 4, Tuesday night at the Watkins Room at Furman University. The lectures will be approx. one hour in length and are open to the public.
More Information on Lecture Series


Lion's Den Renovation Fundraising Campaign Begins

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12/9/2013: The Greenville Zoo kicks off a fundraising drive to renovate the zoo's Lion Den. The proposed plan includes indoor and outdoor viewing areas, and expanded space to allow for a future addition of breeding pairs.
Read About the Lion's Den


Kiko Celebrates First Birthday

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10/21/2013: The Greenville Zoo will celebrate the first birthday of Kiko, a male Masai giraffe, with a party on Tuesday, October 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Birthday festivities will include free cake and Pepsi products for the first 300 guests and a special birthday treat for Kiko made of Ry-Krisp crackers, banana paste and hay.
Read About Kiko's Birthday

Zoo Offers Free Shuttle Service for Boo in the Zoo

10/17/2013: The Greenville Zoo will offer a free Greenlink “park and ride” service for guests attending Boo in the Zoo. The shuttle will run continuously from County Square to the Greenville Zoo and operate 30 minutes prior to the start of the event and end one hour after the event. Read more about the Park and Ride Shuttle Service

Small Change Makes Big Impact on Conservation Efforts

9/10/2013: The Greenville Zoo recently donated $40,000, which was raised this past year through its Quarters for Conservation program, to help fund field research projects in South Carolina and around the globe. Of the four projects that zoo guests were able to vote for, the project that received the most votes was the Orangutan Foundation International, which works to protect the rainforest habitat for the orangutans in Borneo and rehabilitate rescued and orphaned orangutans. Read Donation News Release

Zoo Educators Earn Honors

9/9/2013: The Greenville Zoo has received a 2012-2013 Honorable Mention Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The award is presented annually to organizations delivering outstanding K-12 standards based interactive videoconferencing programs. Read Award News Release

Sippin' Safari Cancelled for 2013

8/30/13: The Friends of the Greenville Zoo announced today that Sippin’ Safari will not take place in 2013. Event organizers will use this as an opportunity to reevaluate previous years’ events and seek sponsorship support to revamp the event for 2014.
Read Sippin' Safari News Release

Zoo Celebrates Mother's Day Weekend with Tribute to Moms

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05/10/2013 The Greenville Zoo will treat moms to a special day this Mother’s Day: free admission and a tribute to Chelsa, its resident Orangutan mother.
Read Mother's Day News Release

Zoo Reopens with New Ticket Booth and Pair of Ocelots

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02/09/2013 The Greenville Zoo will reopen to the general public Saturday, February 9 after two weeks of routine maintenance. Zoo staff, City of Greenville departments and volunteers used the time frame to complete renovation and construction projects, as well as get a breeding pair of ocelots settled in their new home.
Read Evita News Release

Giraffes Reunited on Exhibit at Zoo

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11/24/2012 The Greenville Zoo today reunited Walter, a male Masai giraffe, with Autumn, female, and their 4-week old male calf, Kiko. It has been four weeks since the family shared the same exhibit.
Read Giraffes Reunited News Release

It's a Boy Named Kiko!

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10/24/2012 Zoo officials shared results of the baby Masai giraffe's first vet checkup, and announced the male calf will be named Kiko, which means "autumn's child." Weather permitting, Kiko and his mother Autumn will be on exhibit daily.
Read Baby Giraffe News Release | View the Baby Giraffe | View the Giraffe Photo Album

Boo in the Zoo Tickets Available for Pre-Sale

10/02/2012 The Greenville Zoo will host its annual Boo in the Zoo, a family-friendly Halloween event for children ages 12 years old and under. The event will feature trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and an un-haunted house. Boo in the Zoo Preview

Baby Watch

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10/02/2012 Zookeepers are preparing the giraffe exhibit for the birth of the baby giraffe, expected at any time. Learn more about how the zoo staff is preparing to welcome its newest resident. Giraffe Baby Preparations

New Guenons Debut at the Zoo

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The Greenville Zoo recently welcomed a pair of Schmidt's spot-nosed guenons. Stewie, a 4-year-old male, from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and Zoe, a 15-year-old female, from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago are on display and can be seen exploring their new habitat in the Primate Exhibit. The rare forest monkeys are only represented in 10 zoos in North America. More on Guenons

Baby on Board!!

Photo of Autumn the Giraffe

05/31/2012 The Greenville Zoo announced that its 6-year-old Masai giraffe, Autumn, is due to give birth to her first calf sometime this summer. Veterinary staff confirmed the pregnancy earlier this year through hormone analysis and will continue to monitor her progress through her 15-month gestation period. Read the Pregnancy News Release

Brew in the Zoo Tickets On Sale

05/23/2012 The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the third annual Brew in the Zoo presented by RJ Rockers. The fundraising event set for Friday, June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. provides adults with the opportunity to sample an assortment of beers and enjoy live music, all while exploring the zoo during its after hours. Read the Brew in the Zoo News Release

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo

05/10/2012 The Greenville Zoo will treat moms to a special day this Mother’s Day. Mothers will enjoy free zoo admission on Sunday, May 13 when accompanied by one or more children paying full-price admission. In addition, the Greenville Zoo will celebrate and pay tribute to its resident orangutan mother, Chelsea, on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the zoo’s annual Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) Day.

The special event is held each year to create awareness of the large number of orangutan mothers who are killed in Indonesia due to deforestation practices and high consumer demands for palm oil. Children who stop by the Orangutan Exhibit and visit Chelsea and her son, Bob, will receive a free orangutan prize and temporary tattoo. The Greenville Zoo is open seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Beginning Monday, April 2 and running through September 30, the zoo will extend its hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering guests an opportunity to take advantage of cooler mornings. Zoo entry ticket sales will close at 4:15 p.m.

Master Plan Meeting Set for May 8

05/1/2012 The City will host a public meeting at 6 pm Tuesday, May 8 at the Kroc Center, 424 Westfield Street, Greenville. The session will be led by Seattle-based PJA Architects + Landscape Architects, a leading company in zoo and botanical garden design and interpretive, entertainment and interior work, to discuss a consensus plan for the future of the Greenville Zoo. At this interactive meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the plan, ask questions and offer input. The meeting is the third of three public sessions that helped shape the Greenville Zoo's Master Plan for the next 15 to 20 years. The master planning committee, along with PJA Architects + Landscape Architects, has used these past meetings, public comments, and online zoo surveys to develop this consensus plan. Past public meetings were held on January 18 and March 6, 2012.

Celebrate Bob's Birthday: Saturday, January 28

01/20/2012 The zoo will celebrate the 6th birthday of Baby Bob, a Bornean orangutan, with an event Saturday, January 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the orangutan exhibit. Event highlights include Baby Bob picking the 2012 Super Bowl winner, refreshments by Chick-fil-A at Cherrydale (while supplies last), and presents and cake for Baby Bob. The birthday celebration is free with general admission, a Greenville Zoo membership and for children under 3 years old. Read the Zoo Maintenance News Release

Survey Asks for Ideas on Zoo's Future

As part of the Zoo's master planning process, the City developed a survey to allow the public to provide input on the future of the Greenville Zoo. In addition, the zoo will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Jan. 18, at the Hughes Main Library. The meeting is the first of three sessions that will help determine the Greenville Zoo's Master Plan for the next 15 to 20 years.
Read the Meeting Advisory

Greenville Zoo Debuts Adopt-An-Animal Program

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10/5/2011 Beginning October 5, the Greenville Zoo will kick off its Adopt-an-Animal program, an initiative that will help support the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts and provide zoo supporters with the opportunity to care for and protect one of their favorite animals.
Learn More about Adopting an Animal

Triplet Leopard Cubs to Make Public Debut at Greenville Zoo

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3/31/2011 The Greenville Zoo today announced that three rare triplet Amur leopard cubs will go on exhibit in the Asia Area beginning Friday, April 1. The female cubs were three of five Amur leopards born in North American zoos in 2010. The zoo’s long-time resident Anya, a 12-year-old female Amur leopard, will transfer to another zoo to become a companion to a leopard as well as serve as an ambassador for her species. Learn More about the triplet cubs

Zoo Reopens After Routine Maintenance;
Baby Colobus Monkey Named

Photo of Colobus Monkey holding infant monkey

2/11/2011 The Greenville Zoo reopened to the general public Saturday, February 12 after two weeks of routine maintenance. Zoo staff, City of Greenville departments and volunteers used the time frame to complete renovation and construction projects within the 14-acre zoo.

Zoo Announces Birth of Colobus Monkey

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1/14/2011 The Greenville Zoo welcomed a new colobus monkey while the zoo was closed for the winter storm this week. The infant monkey is the third successful birth for parents Lami and Valentino who welcomed two males, Kumbe, one year ago, and Dayo, two years ago. Staff anticipate finding out the baby monkey’s gender after performing a routine neonatal exam in the next few weeks. Learn More about the Colobus birth

Elephant Loses Portion of Tusk

Photo of Ladybird with one tusk missing

1/4/2011 Greenville Zoo elephant, Lady Bird, a 40-year-old female, is recovering well after losing a large portion of her right tusk last week. The tusk was discovered mid-morning by zoo staff in the elephant’s barn before she was let out on exhibit.
Learn More about the Elephant Tusk

Spider Monkey Recovering from Surgery

Photo of Selma after surgery at the Greenville Zoo

12/21/2010 One of the Greenville Zoo’s oldest residents, Selma, a 36-year-old spider monkey, is recovering in the zoo’s animal clinic from ovariohysterectomy surgery performed by Dr. Dermot Jevens. Selma’s surgical and medical procedures were donated to the Greenville Zoo by Upstate Veterinary Specialists. Learn More about the Spider Monkey

African Lions Make Public Debut

12/10/2010 You can meet the Zoo's newest residents, two male African lions! Arriving from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC on a breeding loan recommendation from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's (AZA's) Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, the 2-year-old half-brothers Chuma and Saied underwent a routine physical before making their public debut. Learn More about the Lions

AZA Grants Re-Accreditation to Zoo

9/22/2010 The Greenville Zoo earned re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission at the annual AZA conference held last week in Houston, TX. The accreditation denotes that the Greenville Zoo has met or exceeded the AZA's standards, which include all aspects of operations, management and animal care. Learn More about AZA accreditation

Zoo Welcomes New Spider Monkey

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8/04/2010 Greenville Zoo guests have the opportunity to meet its newest resident, an 8-year-old male brown-headed spider monkey named Mojo. He joins the zoo as a companion to Jasmin, a 13-year-old female, and Selma, a 36-year-old female. Greenville Zoo officials hope Mojo and Jasmin will result in a successful breeding match.
Learn More about Mojo

Zoo Bids Farewell to Lion Pair

Photo of male lion at the Greenville Zoo

7/20/2010 The Greenville Zoo hosts a farewell to its lions on July 22. A pair of young males are slated to take their place this fall.
More Lion Info

Zoo Welcomes Its Newest Resident

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7/15/2010 Greenville Zoo welcomes Sid, a 4-year-old white-nosed coatimundi native to South America. More Coatimundi Info

Zoo Launches Quarters for Conservation

7/01/2010 Beginning July 1, the Greenville Zoo will kick off Quarters for Conservation, an initiative to help greatly enhance the zoo’s conservation efforts. Through the collection of quarters, the zoo and the local community will have the opportunity to provide funding for new and existing wildlife projects in our region and around the world.
More Conservation Info

Zoo's Elephants Turn 40

6/17/2010 The Greenville Zoo will mark the beginning of its Summer Zoobilee with Elephant Week and a special 40th birthday celebration for Joy and Lady Bird, the zoo's female African elephants and two of its most popular residents, Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27.
More Zoobilee Info

Greenville Zoo Announces First Annual Brew in the Zoo

6/14/2010 The Greenville Zoo and Friends of the Zoo invite zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the first annual Brew in the Zoo presented by RJ Rockers. The event will be held Friday, July 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and as part of the event festivities, will include a 21st birthday celebration for the zoo’s orangutan Mia.
More Event Info

Greenville Zoo Seeks Teen Volunteers For Summer

5/10/2010 The Greenville Zoo will accept applications for teen volunteers as young as 14 years old to assist with the Education Department's children's programming.
More Volunteer Info

Greenville Zoo Hosts Annual Conservation Day

4/30/2010 The Greenville Zoo is partnering with local agencies and civic groups to help create awareness about animal conservation and educate the community about ways to become more environmental-friendly at its annual Conservation Day on Saturday, May 1, from 10 am to 3 pm.
More Conservation Info

Greenville Zoo Hosts First Annual Zoo Enrichment Day

3/31/2010 The Greenville Zoo will challenge the intelligence of its animals and entice them with a fun, interactive environment during the zoo’s first annual Enrichment Day on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
More Zoo Enrichment Info

Greenville Zoo Announces Celebration of 50 Years

3/25/2010 The City of Greenville, Greenville Zoo and Friends of the Zoo today announced a year-long 50th celebration that will feature a Summer Zoobilee filled with birthday celebrations, a historical look back and gala to benefit the zoo’s clinic. The zoo started the celebration with the announcement of the names given to two colobus monkeys: Dayo and Kumbe.

Second Colobus Monkey Born at the Zoo

Photo of Colobus Baby Monkey

2/23/2010 The Greenville Zoo welcomed a male black and white colobus monkey January 30 – the second successful birth at the zoo for parents Lami and Valentino. The colobus monkeys are part of a Species Survival Plan, a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) designed to maintain genetic diversity among species outside the wild.
More Colobus monkey birth Info

Red Panda Makes Debut As Newest Resident of The Greenville Zoo

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2/8/2010 Guests visiting the Greenville Zoo will have the opportunity to meet its newest resident. The Greenville Zoo’s new red panda named Firecracker, a 3-year old male, joins the Zoo as a companion to a 5-year-old female named Scarlett. Zoo officials are hoping the pairing will result in a successful match.


Zoo Closes for Annual Maintenance

1/28/2010 The zoo will be closed for annual maintenance from Feb. 1-12.
More zoo annual maintenance info

Zoo Announces Spring Educational Program Schedule

1/20/2010 Children have the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of animals through the Greenville Zoo’s hands-on educational programs. During the months of January through March, the Zoo will offer Zoo Tots and Saturday Safaris programs which are intended to help children develop an understanding of animals at an early age.
More spring education program info

Zoo Announces Baby Monkey Naming Contest

12/10/2009 The Greenville Zoo is launching a new contest that will give the public the opportunity to select a name for a baby male Colobus monkey. Born at the Zoo February 5, 2009, the monkey will celebrate his first birthday with the announcement of his name. The baby monkey is the first offspring of Greenville Zoo Colobus monkeys Lami and Valentino.
More Baby Naming Info

Zoo Offers Hands-On Winter Educational Programs for Children

11/11/2009 Children have the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of animals through the Greenville Zoo’s hands-on educational programs. During the months of November and December, the Zoo will offer Zoo Tots and Saturday Safaris which are intended to help children develop an understanding of animals at an early age.
More Winter educational program info

Boo in the Zoo Members Night Cancelled

10/15/2009 Due to recent rains, the Boo in The Zoo Members Only Night scheduled for October 16 has been cancelled. Membership cards and special prices will be honored during Boo in the Zoo October 17 – 20.
More Info about Members Night