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LouisvilleKY’s Butterflies n’ Blooms Culminates With Flutter Fest and Release of 1,000 Monarch Butterflies from Zoo

  Louisville, KY., – Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest on Sept. 23 brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. Activities will include: Craft stations. Visit craft stations like buggy headbands, tie-dye butterflies and more! Education stations. View specimen boxes and more buggy artifacts. Butterfly tagging. Enjoy bonding time with the family while supporting wildlife when you help tag monarch butterflies. Tagging monarchs helps to track their migration and monitor their population.Tagging is first come, first served. Pollinator parades. Join the fun! Kids can wear their own butterfly wings…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Celebrates First Ever World Gorilla Day

    Global Celebration of Gorillas Kicks off September 24   Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo joins the global conservation community in celebrating the first ever World Gorilla Day on September 24. World Gorilla Day creates the opportunity for people all over the world to come together in celebrating the gorilla, and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild. The inaugural year for World Gorilla Day also marks the 50th anniversary of Karisoke Research Center, operated by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI). Established by Dian Fossey, Karisoke is the longest running gorilla field study site dedicated to…


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The Zoo honors LouisvilleKY teachers this month

July at the Zoo Teacher Tuesdays, Movie Night and Water Wows    Louisville, KY., – Teachers will receive general admission free on Tuesday, July 11, 18 and 25. Teacher Tuesdays is presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky as part of the Backyard Action Hero Program. Teachers can use this opportunity to explore the Zoo while finding endless opportunities for student learning during the upcoming school year. Those teachers who visit the registration table from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. will receive a Teacher Resource Goodie Bag and can enter our raffle for a free class field trip. To participate, teachers should bring a school badge, paystub, or other…


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The Zoo Welcomes New Giraffe to LouisvilleKY

  Louisville, KY.,  – Meet Baridi — A new 1-year-old male Masai giraffe joins us from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Baridi was born in December and his name means frost in Swahili.   Baridi is currently on exhibit inside the giraffe house while he completes the standard 30-day quarantine for all new animals. As he continues to acclimate, there may be times when he is not available for exhibit.   Once his quarantine and acclimation period is complete, Baridi will join 20-year-old Malaika in the giraffe yard outside.   ABOUT MASAI GIRAFFE Male giraffes grow to be 15…


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The Zoo is giving LouisvilleKY Fathers a Father’s Day gift

Free Fathers on Father’s Day & June at the Zoo      Louisville, KY., – Fathers get FREE Louisville Zoo admission on Father’s Day — Sunday, June 18 — courtesy of Ford Motor Company as part of June at the Zoo presented by Ford Motor Company. Father’s Day will include Zoo keeper talks about fathers in the wild.   Other events for June at the Zoo include: Friday, June 16 Great Clips Friday Night Movie Series Featuring: Sing Field opens at 5 p.m.; movie begins at sundown in the Oasis Field Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town….


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LouisvilleKY welcomes its new zebra

    Louisville, Ky., – Meet Azizi — The Louisville Zoo welcomes the one-year-old female Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Azizi comes to Louisville from the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, Virginia where she was born. She just celebrated her first birthday on June 2. Azizi joins two female zebras Enid and Morena and male zebra Gibbs in regular rotation in the Zebra Exhibit near the African Outpost.   ABOUT HARTMANN’S MOUNTAIN ZEBRA Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra are found in dry, stony mountains and semi deserts of southwest Africa and western Angola. No two zebras have identical stripe patterns. This makes it easier…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Announces Naming Contest for Two New Maned Wolf Pups

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo maned wolf zoo keepers have chosen five sets of possible names for the Zoo’s newest additions — two female maned wolf pups — and the Zoo wants your help in selecting the winning names.  The pups were born February 14 to wolves Sadie and Rocko, both five years old. The pups are the first to be born at the Zoo in ten years. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the maned wolf as near threatened.   Listed below are the five sets of names for which the public is invited to…


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Butterflies are blooming at Louisvilleky’s Zoo

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo starts summer with a burst of color as the new Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit. This temporary exhibit is free with Zoo admission or membership. Butterflies n’ Blooms is presented by Ford Motor Company and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weather permitting through September 24.   Zoo guests will be able to walk amongst hundreds of native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers in the new 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located in the Africa Zone across from the bongo exhibit. Butterfly and plant identification signs will help guest interpret…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo celebrates Mother’s Day

May at the Zoo Presented by McDonalds® Restaurants of Kentuckiana Mothers get into Zoo Free Mother’s Day   Louisville, KY., – Mothers get free general admission to the Louisville Zoo on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, courtesy of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Kentuckiana. The day includes Zoo keeper talks featuring the Zoo’s animal moms and a scavenger hunt. The first 500 moms receive a free goody bag. McDonaldland® characters Birdie, Grimace and Hamburglar will make appearances from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other May events at the Zoo: Throo the Zoo May 13 The wildest 5K run/walk in town is May 13…


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First Steller’s Sea-Eagle Hatchlings in LouisvilleKY in 48 years

Photos taken from The Louisville Zoo’s nest cam… Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Zoo is thrilled to announce the first Steller’s sea-eagle hatchlings in the Zoo’s 48-year history. The Zoo’s collection has included Steller’s sea-eagles for nearly 20 years, although the new sea-eagle exhibit opened in 2013 and features a 50-foot-tall aviary where you can see red-breasted geese, azure-winged magpie and mandarin ducks. The eaglets can be seen daily on a nest cam at the exhibit in Glacier Run.   “These two hatchings are significant to the Species Survival Plan as a whole bringing the total of Steller’s sea-eagle managed population…