Garden Adoptions

The Zoo’s Horticulture department is responsible for maintaining all trees, plants, gardens, turf, and walkway areas of the Zoo which encompasses over 85 acres. Recent landscaping projects include the Etscorn Tiger Tundra and the Glacier Run Exhibit. Annual planting projects include planting flowers, tropicals, trees, shrubs, and bulbs throughout the Zoo.

The Zoo welcomes garden enthusiasts to assist our experts in care of this beautiful park-like setting. Below are some of the tasks that volunteers could perform:

  • Weeding, weed-eating or mowing
  • Planting trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, bulbs, tropical plants, etc. with shovels, nursery spades, and hand trowels
  • Mulching plant beds or playgrounds using pitchforks, scoop shovels, and rakes
  • Assist with trimming or removing trees, shrubs, bamboo, and ornamental grasses.
  • Watering plants with hoses, sprinklers, or tanker truck
  • Raking leaves, debris, or picking up limbs

The Louisville Zoo also offers other volunteer opportunities such as “Scheduled Work Days”, “Special Team Projects”, and being part of the “Adopt-a-Garden” program. Please contact the Volunteer Department for more details at (502) 238-5350 or email

Additional information about the Volunteer program can be found by clicking here.

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