ZOO CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)
The Louisville Zoo will open new 2023 sloth behind-the-scenes experience dates for March to August 2023 with an increased amount of sessions. Tickets will go on sale for the 2023 dates on August 9 at 11 a.m. at louisvillezoo.org/sloth-experience.
When the sloth experience was first announced in the fall of 2021, all the sloth tours were sold out within a few days.
The sloth experience includes the opportunity to participate with Zoo staff in preparing the sloth’s diet and visiting their indoor exhibit. Guests will meet with keeper staff to learn all about the our very special sloths. They will also have the opportunity for a photo with the sloth, as well as receive a special keepsake from the experience. The experience capacity is 5 guests (ages 6 and older only).
This behind-the-scenes experience starts at 1:30 p.m. on select dates and lasts approximately 30 – 45 minutes. Guests should arrive at the MetaZoo by 1:20 p.m. Tickets to the sloth experience are $90 per person and can be purchased as an add-on option with a general admission ticket or purchased separately with a Zoo membership. Visit LouisvilleZoo.org/sloth-experience for more information and to purchase. All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Infants in arms, toddlers, or any children under age 6 will not be admitted.
All activities are subject to the participation of the sloths.
The experience is rain or shine; no refunds or exchanges. All activities are subject to approval by the sloths, of course. Currently, this is the only behind-the-scenes experience or tour available for purchase.
About the Louisville Zoo
Since 2011, under Mayor Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary, opened nine new exhibits and attractions, and won national awards for Glacier Run and School at the Zoo. Considered Kentucky’s most popular not-for-profit paid attraction, the Zoo welcomed nearly 9 million guests in the last decade. In 2021, the Zoo was voted “Best Place to Take Kids in Summer,” by LEO Weekly, “Best Kid-Friendly Attraction” by Kentucky Living Magazine and Boo at the Zoo made the Top 10 Halloween Festivals list by thetravel.com. Community Access Memberships, deep-discount days, the Future Healers Got Zoo Buddies partnership and the accessible playground are among prime efforts to make Louisville Zoo even safer, more engaging, and more inclusive. Among the Louisville Zoo’s most successful conservation programs, the black-footed ferret breeding effort produced 1,100 kits and repatriated more than 800 of these most highly endangered, American mammals to the wild.
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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