Special Events

Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 19

Red, grey, or even black, what's your favorite color of squirrel? Squirrel Appreciation Day reminds us to enjoy these nut-burying, scampering animals.

World Wildlife Day - March 3

The purpose of World Wildlife Day is to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

Girl Scout Day - March 23

Get up close and personal to some of the residents at the Greenville Zoo as your scouts explore and earn various components of badges and journeys. Activities will be set up around the zoo and participants will be able to sign up for a free educational program with live animal encounters. 

Palmetto Basics Get Out and Play Day - March 30

We will demonstrate activities that will get children learning about science and nature outside and celebrate the great outdoors!

Member's Appreciation Night - April 5

Join the Greenville Zoo for a cool evening exclusively for its members! The free event features live musical entertainment, free popcorn and Pespi products (while supplies last), special zookeeper talks and enrichment activities.

Enrichment Day - April 6

As part of Enrichment Day, zoo guests receive an inside glimpse of how zoo staff use enrichment to create a challenging environment to address an animal's social, psychological and physical needs. Enrichment also enhances animal activity, provide mental stimulation and improve the success of captive breeding of endangered species. Zookeepers and education docents will be interacting with zoo guests and explaining the process of enrichment throughout the day. 

Party for the Planet - April 20

This is a very special day! The Greenville Zoo hosts conservation and civic groups, offering ideas on how to make our world a better place to live. Join the fun with hands-on activities at stations throughout the zoo.

Save the Frogs and Citizen Science Day - April 27

In an effort to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide, the Greenville Zoo will host Save the Frogs Day. This annual event also celebrates Citizen Science Day. Showcasing our local citizen science groups is  way to demonstrate the opportunities and contributions of citizen scientists in our community. Come isolate DNA and see what it looks like with volunteers from Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center! Join us this day to connect with these local groups.

Zoom Through the Zoo 5k - May 11

M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers - May 11

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

Mother's Day Special Admission - May 12

Endangered Species Day - May 17

Come discover how many animals at the zoo are endangered species. You will learn why animals are becoming endangered and what we can do to help protect them.

Greenville Zoo & Trees: Greenville ID Walk - May 18

Brew in the Zoo - May 31

Dreamnight - June 7

World Oceans Day - June 8

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 how what we do here in the Upstate affects our ocean.

Father's Day Special Admission - June 16

World Giraffe Day - June 21

We will be celebrating animals with the longest necks: giraffes! Visit the zoo to learn all about giraffes- from what they eat and how they survive in the wild, to the ways we care for them. 

My Greeenville Zoo (Giving) Day - August 10

World Lion Day - August 10

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. Education staff and zoo keepers will be on hand for designated talks.

Sippin Safari - September 6

International Vulture Awareness Day - September 7

International Red Panda Day - September 21

World Migratory Bird Day - October 12

Boo in the Zoo - October 18-20 25-27

World Anteater Day - November 29

Safari Santa - December 7