Field Trip Rules

All rules and regulations are designed to make your visit carefree and enjoyable. If you have any questions or need assistance in planning your visit, please call the Louisville Zoo at (502) 459-2181.

  • Before entering the Zoo, count the number of children and adults in your group. Advise all students and chaperones of your departure time and meeting location.
  • In order to receive our school group rate, you must have at least 10 students in your group.   
  • Your group MUST include a minimum of one adult for every 10 children.
  • Supervisors and chaperones MUST stay with the group at all times. An adult must accompany children into the restrooms and into the gift shops.
  • We are no longer able to page school groups except in cases of medical or other serious emergency. Please arrange to have chaperones’ cell phone numbers should you need to communicate with them.
  • Children and chaperones should be instructed to report to a member of the Zoo staff if a student becomes lost. “Found” children will remain in the Zoo Administration Building until claimed by chaperones. Please retrieve children promptly.
  • Name tags should include the school and teacher’s name. Please use tape or string – no pins.
  • The First Aid Station is located on the Front Plaza behind the bathrooms.
  • All regulations must be followed. Failure to adhere to the regulations could result in dismissal from the Louisville Zoo.

Respect the Animals and Plants

Always remain on the walkways. Walk, do not run. It is extremely important that all visitors stay off the exhibit barriers, walls, fences and railings. Please do not tap or pound on glass exhibits. Do not pull leaves from trees, pick flowers or litter. Help us keep you safe and the grounds clean.

Do not run after the animals that wander free around the Zoo. Many ducks, geese and swans nest around the Zoo grounds in the spring. Please stay away from these nesting birds as we do not wish to disturb them. They may bite!

For the safety of animals and people, please do not shout or tease animals, throw things into exhibits or feed the animals. Remember, the animals are wild and should be considered dangerous.

Ask for Assistance

Our staff is trained and available to help you. Don’t hesitate to contact any staff member should any problems arise during your visit.