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Kroger Wild Winter Days Kicks off With Winter Admission; Food Drive with Dare to Care and Free Veterans on Veterans Day

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639

The Louisville Zoo’s Kroger Wild Winter Days kicks off Nov. 1, 2019 through Feb 29. 2020 with winter pricing and a Dare to Care Food Drive. General adult (12–59) admission is $9.95 online or $10.95 at the window Monday to Friday and $10.95 online and $11.95 at window on Saturday and Sunday. General child (3-11) admission and seniors (60+) is $6.95 online and $7.95 at the window Monday to Friday and $7.95 online and $8.95 at the window Saturday and Sunday. Children under 2 are still free.

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 during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 29.  Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care will receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission at the Zoo admission windows only.

To date, the Zoo has collected nearly 25,000 pounds of food thanks to the generosity of its guests.  That is the weight of two African elephants like Mikki.

The offer is not valid for Santa’s Safari, other special fee-based programs, for pre-paid groups, field trips or with other discounts.

Some of Dare to Care Food Bank’s most needed items are canned meats, which includes tuna, canned fruit, beans, peanut butter, soup, rice, cereal, fruit juice, pasta and canned vegetables. Please avoid glass containers. More details are available at

Veterans Day

To honor those who are serving and who have served our country in military service, the Zoo is offering active and retired military and their dependents FREE general admission on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Those wishing to participate must simply have proof of military service (including but not limited to: U.S Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), photograph in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214 and citation or commendation) and present it at the Zoo’s admission windows.

In addition, on Nov. 11, 2019, active, retired military and their dependents (with a military identification card) will receive 10% off gift shop purchases and 50% off food and drink concessions.

Active military receive free admission year-round at the Zoo. Active military dependents and retired military receive 10% off admission year-round. Military personnel are encouraged to check with the Leisure Travel offices at their bases in advance of their visit for other available discounts.

The Zoo is open daily year round. Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (enjoy until 5 p.m.) and continue through March 20, 2020. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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