50th Anniversary - Celebrate 50 years with a trip through time

50th Anniversary

This year, we celebrate 50 years of creating warm family memories and compassion for wildlife. Since 1969, the Zoo has helped to inspire thousands of people to pursue careers in animal care, education and a variety of sciences — and stirred millions more to show compassion toward animals, the environment and to appreciate having a Zoo in their community. We at the Zoo are deeply proud of the role we play, the differences we make within our community and of the collective impact AZA-accredited organizations are having worldwide

Join us as we celebrate 50 fantastic years! There’s lots of stories to share, things to do, sights to see, and new animals to meet as we head in 2019! Below, learn more about the celebration fun we have waiting for you.


With a half-century of fun to explore, we have lots of exciting Zoo milestones to share. Click below to choose a year and see what Zoo exploits, historical events and pop culture phenoms were happening at the time. Try selecting your year of birth for extra fun!


On Jan. 31, 2019, the Zoo kicked off its 50th year with a grand celebration at the Olmsted. Over 400 former and current staff, board members, volunteers and docents attended and toasted to an amazing 50 years. Guests enjoyed a special video that addressed the question “what is the value of the Louisville Zoo in our Community?”

More videos…


  • Commemorative Poster: Pick up a special keepsake poster created by artist Jeremy Reiss. Available at the Zoo’s Main Gift Shop (while supplies last).
  • Get Your Swag: Show your Louisville Zoo pride with 50th  anniversary collectables: mugs, cups, shirts, coloring books and more at the Zoo’s gift shops.


A precious new addition to storytime is coming for your little ones:”The Truth About Zoos,”  the Louisville Zoo’s first children’s book

Young readers will meet Annie – a sleuth for the truth who is questioning zoos.

A special “Annie’s Awesome Adventure” package will be available in the Zoo’s Gift Shop beginning March 2020.

Learn more…


The Zoo’s history book, Your Zoo & You, 50 Years of Hope, Inspiration and Fierce Dedication, has arrived! It’s full of fun photos and incredible stories from the Zoo’s 50 years.

This special commemorative book is FREE for Louisville Zoo members. Members can get their copy at the Zoo’s admission windows. First come, first served. While supplies last. One book per household.

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Presenting sponsors

Whittenberg Construction

Jefferson County

Additional Support from these and other generous sponsors