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Louisville Zoo Hosts Two More Happy Hour Events

ZOO CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)

The Louisville Zoo is excited to announce Happy Hour experiences on September 14 and October 12, 2022. Tickets are $35 for these after-hours 21+ events.

Happy Hour guests will enjoy exclusive keeper talks and animal interactions in their favorite Zoo exhibit spaces. The $35 ticket includes entry, appetizers, and two drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine or a specialty cocktail. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Happy Hour for September 14 is themed “Butterflies and Brews.” Guests can enjoy a special limited release of the Mile Wide Beer Co. brew “Reign” supporting monarch butterfly conservation. In addition to the Zoo animal interactions, special guests from Idlewild Butterfly Farm will be joining Zoo staff to discuss Monarch conservation.

The Happy Hour for October 12 is titled “BOOOOOOOOZE” to celebrate autumn and Halloween. The animal encounters at the October Happy Hour are sponsored by Independence Bank. Guests will be able to enjoy a bourbon cocktail in the Zoo’s popular Glacier Run exhibit space. Costumes are not required for this Halloween event.

There are no refunds, rainchecks, or discounts offered for this special experience.

The Zoo had originally scheduled Happy Hours to begin in July; however, the first event was canceled due to a severe weather forecast. Participants who held tickets for the summer Happy Hour event were invited to attend September Happy Hour instead.

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Regular hours through September 18, 2022 are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.) The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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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 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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