Great Holiday Opportunities at the Louisville Zoo

Reminder: The Zoo is open daily. We are only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day!

Share, Care and Support a Great Cause This Season.

The winter season brings a season of caring to our community. We all want to show those around us that we appreciate them in unique and memorable ways. Let us help you find a meaningful gift to celebrate your friends and family while nurturing and protecting wildlife. Every purchase at the Zoo supports our mission to better the bond between people and our planet and reinforces your role in bringing that mission to life.

Zoo Membership ─ Creating Special Moments

We have the perfect suggestion for your gift list!  A Louisville Zoo Membership makes an incredible gift for anyone — easy to buy and a thrill to receive. The gift of a Louisville Zoo Membership offers a full year of exciting and memorable experiences — plus, you and your gift recipient can also feel proud to help save endangered wildlife. Let your gift recipient enjoy the award-winning Louisville Zoo FREE during regular hours with parking included. Just by being a member and visiting, they also help protect our natural world. Win, win and win!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER. Get $5.00 off when you purchase a Gift Membership before Dec. 31, 2020. Plus, the first 1,500 recipients will receive a voucher for a FREE plush elephant.

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Dedication Opportunities

We all have very special people in our lives that deserve an extra special gift of recognition.

  • Honor or celebrate a friend, family member, special customer or client with their names engraved on a brick in the Etscorn Garden.
  • Honor or celebrate someone special in your life with a time-honored bench on Zoo grounds. Benches are strategically placed throughout the Zoo to attract tired visitors by offering them a shady place to rest.

New Online Gift Shop

The Louisville Zoo gift shop can take guests on a wildlife adventure in one visit in person or online! Find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season and have it shipped right to their door.

The Zoo’s Main Gift Shop is located at the entrance of the Zoo and offers a great selection of holiday ornaments, apparel, educational toys and books, musical instruments, jewelry and a large selection of assorted plush animals. Shoppers are not required to pay admission just to shop. Louisville Zoo members always enjoy 10% off regularly priced items. The gift shop hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including Dec. 24 for last minute shopping (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).

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A Gift for the Animals

By gifting an adoption or becoming a symbolic parent of your favorite animal at the Louisville Zoo, you help us take a bite out of the over $500,000 we spend annually to feed our amazing animal ambassadors. Your generous support also allows us to purchase more fun and engaging enrichment items for all of our Zoo residents.

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Share the Fun

Our enrichment tree is online only this year. While we are currently unable to accept any new or gently-used donations dropped off at our location, we’re still in need of many items. Please check out our wish list for products and gift card/certificates that can be purchased online or over the phone and mailed directly to the Zoo. We so appreciate your continued support of your Zoo! The local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has created an Animal Enrichment Tree. Grab a wish item to fulfill online.

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Wild Winter Days

The Zoo is proud to team up with Kroger and Dare to Care again. With this year’s pandemic, the food drive is all the more important and the need is even greater for those struggling families in our community. Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person on their next visit to the Zoo (from Nov. 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021) to benefit Dare to Care will receive a special code voucher for $2 off a future visit for adult or child’s general admission that will be valid March 21, 2021 to October 31, 2021.

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 Have a wonderful holiday season!