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Party for the Planet Returns to Louisville Zoo (Media Release)

Contact:  Kyle Shepherd
(O) 502-238-5331 (C) 502-744-5639  

April 1, 2023 marks the start of the Louisville Zoo’s annual celebration, Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by LG&E and KU Foundation. The celebration features recycling partners every weekend in April and special discounted admission prices on Fun Day Mondays: April 10, 17 and 24. The celebration culminates on Sunday, April 30 when we observe Earth Day with $5 off on-site admission, free parking and eco-partner displays. Also featured at the event will be winning submissions from the Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest, which has a special emphasis on pollinators this year. For more information about all Earth Month activities, visit

“We are proud to once again host this exceptional month-long celebration of earth’s remarkable ecosystems.” said Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney. “Wildlife needs everyone to thrive, and we invite everyone to join in the effort. Party for the Planet provides the perfect opportunity to help better the bond between people and our planet, with recycling weekends and deeply discounted admission for everyone to come learn the many ways they can help promote and protect wildlife and wild places. Big thanks to LG&E and KU Foundation for making the entire month of festivities possible.”

“Our earth and its resources are precious, and this event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them,” said Claire Simms, LG&E and KU Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs. “We’re proud to continue this long-standing partnership with the Zoo to help foster this tradition and a love of the environment within our community.”

Recycling weekends
April 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 – 16, and 22 – 23
Each weekend in April, the Zoo will host a different conservation organization to offer ways for guests to help our environment! Organizations and programs that help the air, water, land, and, of course, animals will be featured each of these weekends. Guests can enjoy special animal presentations, keeper talks, as well as tips and suggestions to help protect wildlife and wild places.

Louisville ZooPoopyDoo Compost Sales
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 13
The most unique and wildest blend of ZooPoopyDoo compost will be made available for sale each Saturday in April from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. for $45 per scoop. Products will be loaded into your vehicle in the Zoo’s Bus parking lot. Only open-top truck beds and trailers will be loaded. To purchase online, visit

Fun Day Mondays
April 10, 17, 24
Guests can enjoy $7.25 admission, powered by LG&E and KU Foundation. Parking of $7 is not included. Twenty-five cents from every ticket sold supports species survival activities through the Zoo’s conservation work with regional, national and global partners such as Monarch Watch, Kentucky Natural Land Trust, Snow Leopard Trust, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Polar Bears International and the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program.

Trashformation Winners Announced
Saturday, April 22
The Zoo will announce the winners of its pollinator-themed Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest on social media including Facebook and Twitter (@louisvillezoo) and Instagram (@LouisvilleZooOfficial) on globally recognized Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. To avoid conflicts with Louisville area festivities and activities on April 22, the Zoo will celebrate Earth Day later in the month of April.

Earth Day Observed at the Zoo
Sunday, April 30
Party for the Planet culminates with $5 off admission and free parking all day powered by LG&E and KU Foundation. Community eco-partners will be featured throughout the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo will also display the winners of its Trashformation Art Contest in the pollinator garden space near the Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit at the Zoo. Admission discount cannot be applied to any online ticket purchases and will only be applied during transactions made at the Zoo’s admission windows on April 30.

Visit for full details about all Party for the Planet activities.

The Zoo is open daily, year-round. Spring/Summer hours begin March 18 – September 17; the Zoo will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

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The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo 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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