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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…


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Louisville Zoo Welcomes New Female Gorilla

Louisville, KY., – Earlier this summer, the Louisville Zoo received a male silverback gorilla (Casey) from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. This week a second gorilla from Audubon Zoo arrived safely in Louisville. Bandia, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, will join Gorilla Forest after a standard quarantine period followed by acclimation time. Both moves were part of a planned collaborative effort across several accredited zoos within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Ultimately, the plan is that new silverback Casey will become the patriarch in a family group that includes one-year-old Kindi, surrogate mother Kweli, and female gorillas…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party” Magic Begins Oct. 5

    Meijer presents “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” Louisville, KY.,  – It’s that time of year when the Louisville Zoo transforms into a storybook land and a photo opportunity is waiting around every corner during the Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer. This year the Zoo celebrates its 36th year of the popular party on October 5–8, 12–15, 19–22, & 26–29, 2017  Tickets are now on sale. Children can dress up in their wildest costumes and set off on a magical journey through the Zoo. The Party features costumed characters for guests to meet and greet in fanciful,…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo’s “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House is now open

  Louisville, Ky.,- After celebrating the summer with butterflies, the Louisville Zoo kicks off the Halloween season with the “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House in the same space as Butterflies n’ Blooms, weather permitting, now through Oct. 31 with support from Orkin.   Guests can stroll alongside the spiders and their intricate webs in the 1,000 sq. ft. walk-through spider house.   The “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House is free with Zoo admission and is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Zoo closes early on nights of “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!”). The spider house will…


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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…