Today's Hours 9:30am - 4:00pm

ZooLights

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, November 23, 2018 - Monday, December 30, 2019

Join us for ZooLights, a new holiday tradition in Baton Rouge.

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Admissions gates open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.

Admission:

Adults/Teens: $5
Seniors: $4
Ages 2-12: $3
Friends of the Zoo Members: $3 per person​

ZOOLIGHTS IS:

A mile-long trail through the Zoo
More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays
A festive family activity, adding to the quality of life for residents throughout the region
The beginning of a new tradition

This year at ZooLights:

LIGHTED DISPLAYS WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

ILLUMINATED SCULPTURES: Visitors will find illuminated sculptures representing animals and traditional symbols of the holidays.

GIANT SPECTACULARS: Larger-than-life displays capture the imagination of children of all ages. These displays may include: Flamingos, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers, Gorillas, Rhinos, Elephants, Alligators, Giant Santa, Giant Snowmen, Holiday Trains, Santa in Sleigh pulled by Giant Reindeer and Toy Soldiers. Displays can be up to 30 ft. tall!

ANIMATED SPECTACULARS: Animated displays add additional entertainment value to our event. The use of high-wattage, computer-controlled displays will provide exciting animation to displays.

VISITOR AMENITIES: Safari Photo Booth Seasonal Specials from the Flamingo Cafe Safari Post Gift Shop

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, November 29, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Monday, December 30, 2019

Photo Contest Begins

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Annual Photo Contest co-hosted by The Advocate & BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo will kickoff on February 1st. Details HERE.

Bistro for Your Cause

1185 Americana Blvd #1180, Zachary, LA 70791

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A fun and delicious way to give back! Come enjoy a fantastic meal at the new Bistro Byronz in Zachary between 5-9pm and they will generously donate 20% of all food sales and 10% of all to-go food sales to Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo! Remember to say "Zoo" when you checkout!

I Heart My Zoo Day

Saturday, February 9, 2019

I Heart My Zoo Day! 

Join us for a Valentine extravaganza! This action-packed day includes Safari Amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes strange and amazing "birds and bees" facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Make a valentine for your favorite person or animal! Regular zoo admission applies. 

February 10th, 9:30am - 4pm (Grounds Close at 5pm). 

Zoo & Me Morning - Lovely Little Lizards

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lovely Little Lizards- We will learn about lizards that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877

Zoo & Me Morning - Down on the Farm

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Down on the Farm- We’ll get hands on with all sorts of farm animals large and small.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877

Member's Night

Friday, March 15, 2019

We'd like to thank all of our Friends of the Zoo members, and what better way than to invite them over for a night exclusive access to the Zoo! See what the Zoo is like after the gates close to the public on Friday, March 15th. Admission gates are open from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and grounds close at 8 p.m. Members are encouraged to come early, and don't forget to bring your flashlight for after dusk!

This special members' appreciation celebration will include:

  • The Running of the Ducks
  • Keeper Chats throughout the Zoo
  • Special animal enrichments
  • Up-close animal encounters with the Zoo's education animals
  • Bubble Factory
  • Face Painting
  • Plus access to all your regular Zoo favorites, like the Cypress Bayou Railroad, Flamingo Cafe and the Safari Post

Spring Green at the Zoo

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Celebrate "Being Green" and learn how you can help wild animals and wild places at special amphitheater programs. Games and crafts will also be included for the kids. 

March 17th, 9:30am - 4pm (Grounds Close at 5pm)

Zippity Zoo Fest

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Sunday, April 7, 2019

Join the Zoo as we celebrate our 49th birthday with our annual Zippity Zoo Fest! Guest will enjoy a Children's Village, face painting, EdZooCation station, photo contest winners gallery, partner activity booths throughout the Zoo, animal enrichments and chats, family entertainment stage and of course, birthday cake! Regular Zoo admission applies. 

More info can be found on the ofifical Zippity Zoo Fest Page

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Grounds close at 6 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Zoo & Me Morning - Best Dressed Nest

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Best Dressed Nest- Celebrate Spring by learning about all sorts of birds and find out who has the best dressed nest.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Zoo will host "Party for the Planet" which is a day filled with conservation education, special zoo keeper chats, animal enrichments, entertainment, and fun for the entire family in honor of Earth Day Weekend. 

What better way to celebrate our Earth than honoring the magnificent creatures that inhabit our planet? More than 120 zoos and aquariums across North America are celebrating Earth Day with the 12th annual Party for the Planet. This is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! 

Regular Zoo admission applies.

9:30am - 5pm (Grounds Close at 6pm)

Breakfast with the Animals

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Saturday, May 18, 2019

Exclusive to our Director's Circle and Safari Club Friends of the Zoo members!

Event is from 8am - 9:30am. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast before heading out to help feed some of your favorite animals. All Safari Club and Director’s Circle members will receive four complimentary tickets. Any additional tickets are $20 each and checks can be made payable to Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call (225) 775-3877, extension 6212.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mother's Day at the Zoo

Sunday, May 12, 2019

On Mother's Day 2019, take mom to see the animals! The first 100 mothers to arrive, will receive a free flower, courtesy of Billy Heromans. There will be keeper chats and shows in the education amphitheater throughout the day. 

Zoo & Me Morning - Spineless Wonders

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spineless Wonders- Invertebrates are amazing! We will meet some of them up close and go in search for some in the wild!

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

Guest Appreciation Weekend

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

As a thank you to our community for their continued support, Zoo visitors of all ages can enjoy "buy one, get one" pricing on admission. Our guests play a crucial role in maintaining BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo as the #1 year-round family attraction in Baton Rouge, and we are excited to celebrate! The offer to buy one regular price admission, get one of equal or lesser value free will be offered to all visitors on June 1 and 2 and is not valid in combination with any other offer.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Father's Day at the Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Sunday, June 16, 2019

It's all about dad for Father's Day at the Zoo! Bring your dad to the Zoo and spend the day with the WILD bunch. This day features dad-and-me themed Safari Amphitheatre programs, games and crafts. Regular Zoo admission applies. 

Bowling for Rhinos

Friday, June 21, 2019

On Friday, June 21st, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Chapter will host Bowling for Rhinos from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Circle Bowl at 8878 Florida Blvd.

All proceeds from the event benefit LEWA Wildlife Conservancy, International Rhino Foundation, and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Each entry is $20 and includes bowling fees and a free t-shirt. A silent auction will be included in this year’s event as well.

AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is a bowl-a-thon style event that provides zoo keepers of the world an avenue to raise awareness and funds for rhino habitat and conservation. The fundraiser began on a small scale and is now the signature conservation effort for AAZK. Annually, BFR events raise over $300,000. This year’s goal is to reach $500,000 throughout North America. 

Red, White and Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Visit the Zoo and celebrate our red, white and blue animal friends. This special day will include Safari Amphitheatre programs, games and crafts featuring some of our red, white and blue Zoo animals. Regular Zoo admission applies.

Frozen Safari

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Visit the Zoo as we keep it cool this summer. This special day will focus on animal enrichment and teach visitors what the Zoo does to promote animal wellness on a daily basis. Frozen treats will be available for visitors, as well as the animals! The first 100 people to enter the Zoo will receive a coupon for a free frozen treat at the Zoo’s Cool Critter Café. Regular Zoo admission applies. 

Tigers & Trivia

Thursday, July 25, 2019

In honor of National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week, Tin Roof Brewing is partnering with the local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers for a fun filled animal themed trivia game night on July 25th!

A portion of proceeds from beer sold that evening will go directly to tiger conservation efforts. Come out for a good brew, great trivia and an amazing cause!

Zoo & Me Morning - Native Neighbors

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Native Neighbors- Wild animals are all around us. Learn about the neat animals that live right here.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

Zoo Run Run

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, August 24, 2019

5K and 1/2 Mile Fun Run

Run like a cheetah to our 14th annual Zoo Run Run 5K and ½ Mile Kids' Fun Run! At the run, enjoy the scenery as you scamper, trot or gallop your way through BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. All proceeds from the race support your Baton Rouge Zoo and international cheetah conservation efforts. There will be food & refreshments for the whole family to enjoy after the race. And, anyone in your party who participates in the race or is there to support you, gains free admission to the Zoo as long as they're on site before admission gates open to the public at 9:30am. 

  • Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • ½ Mile Kids’ Fun Run begins at 7:45 a.m.
  • 5K begins at 8:15 a.m.

Zoo & Me Morning - Geaux Tigers!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Geaux Tigers!- We all love the tigers, especially the ones that live at our Zoo!

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

Brew at the Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, October 4, 2019

Join us at our 6th annual Brew at the Zoo! As summer temperatures wane and the leaves begin to change colors, guests are welcome to come to the Zoo for an evening of food, beer, music and more. Come and sample dozens of craft beers and munch on pub favorites. Show off your “safari chic” style while listening to the sounds of local musicians before meeting some of our animal ambassadors. Pre-purchased tickets are required for entry. 

Ages: 21 and older

Stay tuned for ticket information soon. 

Zoo & Me Morning - Hoofin' It

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hoofin’ It- Learn about animals that walk on their tip-toes all the time.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.

Boo at the Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Zoo invites participants to Boo at the Zoo, a merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza. Participants should wear their best costumes and visit treat stations throughout the Zoo, or wander through the merry-not-scary Hay Maze and Enchanted Swamp. Regular Zoo admission applies. Admission gates open 9:30am - 4:00pm. Grounds close at 5pm.

THIS YEAR AT BOO AT THE ZOO:

Enchanted Swamp

Formerly known as the Boo Den, the Enchanted Swamp is a new attraction to Boo at the Zoo. Located throughout our Otter Cabin and adjacent boardwalks, guests can let their imaginations run wild as they take in the magically decorated scenery.

Hay Maze

Wander through our merry, not scary hay maze! $1 per person, and proceeds benefit your Zoo! Presented by McDonald's.

EdZooCation Station

Our Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre is transformed for this event into a hands-on animal extravaganza! Don't miss our shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Between shows we'll have our volunteers and Zoo Educators available for games and more.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Veteran's Day at the Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Join us as we recognize and honor both those actively serving and those who have served in the armed forces, as well as a special bald eagle chat.

Military veterans and active military: Complimentary admission for you and up to five guests when presenting a valid military ID on 11/9.

Non-military: Regular zoo admission applies

Zoo & Me Morning - Flamingo Fandango

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Flamingo Fandango- Come learn why these amazing birds are pretty in pink!

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2

Zoo & Me Morning - Happy Hibernators

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Happy Hibernators- Don’t like to get out in the cold? We’ll find out about animals that would rather sleep until spring.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.

$18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian

$12 for each additional person (adult or child)

Pre-registration required. 225.775.3877, option 2.