Zoos put on different events throughout the year, with the majority of them free! They are a great way to learn about different aspects of the zoo and add variety to your visits. Many events would not apply to everyone but here’s some examples of what you might see:
Birthdays: Popular or new animal birthdays are sometimes celebrated. Special treats may be brought out to the animal, extra keeper talks, and plenty of activities for kids.
Anniversaries/Milestones: Zoos celebrating milestones of age or number of guests, etc. are common and could include giveaways (memberships, gift shop items, etc.) or other promotions.
Animal Days: There are a number of official and unofficial animal days/months throughout the year which are great opportunities for zoos to raise awareness. Usually they include extra keeper talks or demonstrations geared towards that animal. Keep an eye out for these if you have a favourite animal that you’re wanting to know more about!
Cultural Celebrations: Seeing as zoos usually have animals from a variety of countries, most larger zoos especially will celebrate different cultural holidays and events. This is a great way to educate visitors on not only the animals from around the world but also the countries where they come from.
Promotional days: Days specifically for seniors, students, children, teachers, etc are also common. Usually they would have a designated day throughout the year for different ones and may include free admission or discounts throughout the day for those who fall into that category. These are great trial days if you are considering a membership or are limited financially.
Fundraising events: Many events are geared mainly towards fundraising. These are very important for the zoos to gain funds or for conservation efforts in raising awareness. These events you would usually buy tickets for in advance and would most likely contain silent auctions or something along those lines. These are also usually adult only events or not particularly child friendly.
These are just examples of types of events zoos run, I’m always hearing of new and creative event ideas! I highly suggest regularly checking your favourite zoo’s website or facebook page to keep up to date. Many of these events are full of learning opportunities with little added costs.