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Butterflies n’ Blooms Culminates With Flutter Fest and Release of Over 1,000 Monarch Butterflies in LouisvilleKY

 Louisville, KY., – Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of over 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest on Sept. 22 brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. Activities starting at 10 a.m. will include: Craft and activity stations: Children of all ages can play games and make crafts while learning more about monarchs and their long journey.   Education stations: Visit stations to learn the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help them. Storytime plus Meet and Greet The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Hear the beloved tale…


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LouisvilleKY Zoo gets a new addition

 Addax Calf born at Louisville Zoo Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo welcomed a male Saharan addax calf born early morning Sunday, August 19. The mother is Patella and the father is Laird. The calf weighs a little over 18 lbs. This is the 59th calf born here at the Zoo. Addax have been a part of the Zoo since it opened in 1969. The International Union for Conservation of Nature cites the Saharan addax as critically endangered. In 2016, field researchers estimated that less than 100 individuals remain in the remnant wild. The addax is found in arid regions of…


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LouisvilleKy’s Zoo Welcomes Two New Gray Seals

 Louisville, KY., – Boone and Minnow, two male gray seals, have joined the other pinnipeds on regular rotation at the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run exhibit. Both seals come to Louisville from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Minnow is 31 and Boone is 13. The two join California sea lions Triton (28), Bart (25), Gremlin (14), Riva (4), harbor seal Toney (16) and gray seal Rona (4). The Louisville Zoo has a rich history with this species. Eight seal pups have been born at the Zoo and when twin seal pups were born in 1979, they were the first twins to be documented in…


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Fill, Drink and Repeat —New Hydration Opportunities at the LouisvilleKY Zoo

Partnership with Louisville Water Foundation and Louisville Water Company Makes Drinking Water Stations Possible    Louisville, KY – With the backdrop of a camel, a mascot named Tapper and a few dozen school children, the Louisville Zoo and Louisville Water Company unveiled new drinking water stations at the Zoo last week.   The eight stations include a mechanism to allow guests to easily fill a reusable container plus messaging on the importance of hydration.  A grant from the Louisville Water Foundation made it possible for the Zoo to purchase the new fountains.  Along with the drinking water stations, the Zoo and…


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LouisvilleKY Welcomes New Male Rhinoceros

 Louisville, KY., – Meet Letterman — a new 3-year-old male southern white rhinoceros comes to the Louisville Zoo from The Wilds in southeast Ohio. The rhino was named by Jack Hanna after the late night television host and comedian David Letterman. Letterman was born on November 12, 2014 at The Wilds. Letterman has completed his standard 30-day quarantine and will soon join 34-year-old female Sindi in the exhibit. As with any new animal introductions, the rhinos will be monitored. Introductions of unfamiliar rhinos can often result in sparring from both males and females, which is normal behavior. These normal interactions and…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Celebrates Earth Day April 29 with lower admission

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 29 with $8.25 general admission thanks to our sponsor Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities. The day will also feature activities to celebrate sustainability. Patrons can learn more about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and visit dozens of “eco-themed” exhibitors. The Earth Day Festival is the highlight of the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth” in April. Tickets are on sale now online at louisvillezoo.org/event/earth-month-celebration/. Admission for the general public on April 29 is just $8.25 per person, all day, courtesy of LG&E and KU. Parking is also…


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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…