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LouisvilleKY’s gets new New Female Giraffe  

 Louisville, KY., – Meet Kianga — a new 1-year-old female Masai giraffe joins us from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in California. Kianga was born November 9, 2016 in Los Angeles and her name means “sunshine” in Swahili.  Kianga is currently on exhibit in rotation with 2-year-old male giraffe Baridi and 21-year-old female giraffe Malaika. ABOUT MASAI GIRAFFE Female giraffes grow to be 16 feet tall and weigh up to 2,600 pounds. The signature long neck has only seven vertebrae, the same as most mammals. To counteract the demands of such a long neck, there are valves in the…


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Louisville Zoo Egg Hunt set for this weekend

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Zoo’s Eggstravaganza is now scheduled for March 31st from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. The egg hunts, for children ages 11 and under, are free with Zoo admission or Louisville Zoo Membership. Space for egg hunts is limited and open on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the Zoo’s conservation mission, families must bring their own egg hunt basket or reusable bag. For the health and wellbeing of zoo animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs. The first 2000 participants who turn in the collected eggs will receive a treat bag from the prize booth. Every…


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LouisvilleKY’s favorite baby gorilla is growing up

Gorilla Kindi Turns Two Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will celebrate infant gorilla Kindi’s 2nd birthday with a public celebration on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in Gorilla Forest. Kindi’s official birthday is March 14.  To celebrate, Kindi and her surrogate mother Kweli will receive special birthday treats made by their keepers, fun enrichment items and, of course, Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.”   ABOUT KINDI Kindi was born via emergency cesarean section on March 14, 2016. Sadly, her mother, Mia Moja, passed away a little after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15 from complications. Gorilla Forest keepers spent…


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Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth at LouisvilleKY’s Zoo

LG&E and KU sponsor events throughout April; $8.25 admission to the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration on April 29 Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo is throwing its annual bash for the Earth — Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The month of April will feature special activities including zoo keeper presentations, a regional art contest for students, $8.25 admission on April 29 and conservation-minded events every weekend. “While celebrating the Earth is the focus of the event, one of the most wonderful things about it is the awareness it…


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LouisvilleKY Zoo Seeks Trashformation Contest Entries and Eco-Partners for Earth Month

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo invites students in pre-K – grade 12 to get involved with the sixth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in April. Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art.  Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.” Back by popular demand, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo reschedules Qannick’s Birthday party

Louisville, KY., – The Zoo has rescheduled Qannik’s birthday party  to Sat., Jan. 20 at 11:15 a.m. at Glacier Run. Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.” Each animal will also receive special birthday enrichment items. ABOUT QANNIK | Qannik made national headlines when she was found on Alaska’s North Slope in 2011 separated from her mother and sibling. After several days of monitoring her in hopes that she would reunite with the other bears, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began a rescue operation. Qannik was under weight and likely hadn’t learned vital skills to survive on her own. She…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo throwing a job fair this weekend

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will host a job fair on Jan. 13 in the Zoo’s Gheens Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo is seeking candidates to fill seasonal positions in various departments including admissions, education, guest services, membership, front desk and rides and attractions. Candidates will be provided training and should be outgoing, highly motivated individuals who enjoy working with the public and will provide outstanding customer service. The hourly rate for seasonal positions is $9. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and able to work a variable schedule that includes mostly days, but also nights…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo celebrates two big birthdays

Louisville, KY., –  The Louisville Zoo kicks off the new year with two very special animal birthdays. First up, the Zoo will celebrate Gorilla Helen on her big 60th birthday in Gorilla Forest on Sat., Jan. 6 at noon. This is especially significant as the median age of gorillas in a managed program of an Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) facility is 38.3 years-old. In the remnant wild the average age is 35.   The Zoo will celebrate polar bear Qannik’s 7th birthday on Sat., Jan. 13 at 11:15 a.m. at Glacier Run. Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.” Each animal will…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Looks at 2017 Highlights

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo welcomed over 860,000 guests from 41 states in 2017 — once again being recognized as the #1 attended non-profit attraction in the region. 2017 saw significant births of endangered species and the passing of dearly beloved animal ambassadors like our male African lion Kenya. The Zoo won several prestigious Zoo industry awards and activated the final projects of the Leadership Capital Campaign. Here are just a few Zoo moments from the past 12 months: Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak was named an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation inspector of the year in 2017. AZA announced…


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LouisvilleKy Zoo Reduces Winter General Admission Price and Announces Kroger Wild Winter Days Food Drive

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo adult (12–59) general admission will be reduced to $9.95 and $6.95 for children (ages 3–11) and seniors (60+)  now through Feb. 28, 2018.   The Louisville Zoo is proud to team up with Kroger to help Dare to Care again support families in our community with a winter food drive during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 28.  Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care or who show their Kroger Plus card will receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission. If…