Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Catering at the Zoo

Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest

Monday, January 2-Tuesday, January 31
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Complimentary admission with camera (cell phones not accepted)
Limit 1 entrant per household per day

Welcome the arrival of the New Year by entering the zoo's 12th annual photo contest. Photographers of all abilities, ages 5 & up, are invited to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Click event title for complete contest details.

Snow Leopard Days: Half-Price Admission

Monday, January 2-Tuesday, February 28
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Zoo goers enjoy half-price admission in January & February!

Bundle up this winter and visit the zoo! Wander the Wildlife Trails and see animals playing in the snow, keep warm in indoor exhibits like the tropical Diversity of Birds, explore The Curious Cub Gift Shop and swing by the Jungle Café for a tasty treat or hot cocoa. The zoo is the perfect wintertime getaway for families and children, even in the coldest weather. You'll be sure to have an entertaining, educational and memorable visit--the best day ever!

Snow Leopard Soirée

Friday, January 20
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Reservations required
$220 per person or $1,750 per table of eight

Join us for Friends of the Zoo's annual black-tie gala and winter fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the zoo's education programs. Enjoy an evening filled with fun and festive gourmet dining, music, live and silent auctions and animal greeters. Click event title to purchase tickets and for complete info.

Sweet Treats

Sunday, February 12
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission
(Half-price admission in effect for this event)

Watch the animals receive special Valentine treats and heart-shaped items throughout the day as part of the zoo's enrichment program! Click event title for schedule.

Winter Break Activities

Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 26
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission
(Half-price admission in effect for this event)

Beat the winter blues with a visit to the zoo! Enjoy animal demonstrations and meet the keeper sessions for a chance to learn what happens "behind the scenes."

10:30   Bird Greeter (Upper Lobby)

11:00   Meet the Keeper: Small Mammals*

11:30   Meet the Outreach Animals (Upper Lobby)

2:00     Meet the Keeper: Wildlife Trails*

2:30     Meet the Keeper: Reptiles/Aquariums*

3:00     Bird Feeding (Diversity of Birds)

*Listen to zoo announcements for Meet the Keeper locations
Schedule subject to change - Outdoor activities weather permitting

Breakfast with the Bunny

Saturdays & Sundays, April 2, 8, 9 & 15
Sessions at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Reservations required
$14 members, $18 non-members, children 2 & under free

The Easter Bunny is making a special trip to the zoo! Hop on down for a fun-filled morning of delicious food and activities. Don't forget to snap your photo with our special guest! Click event title to purchase tickets and for more info.

Animal Egg-Stravaganza

Sunday, April 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Watch the animals receive egg-shaped enrichment items throughout the day. You won't want to miss this egg-citing event!

 

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