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

ZooLights

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, November 24, 2017 - Saturday, December 30, 2017

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​

Special Dates:

11/24 – Coke Santa
11/25 – Ornament Crafting
12/1 and 12/2 – Safari Santa
12/8 and 12/9 – Art Gone Wild
12/15 and 12/16 – Safari Santa
12/22 and 12/23 – Ornament Crafting
12/23 only – Ugandan Kids Choir, performances at 6pm and 6:45pm

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, December 15, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017

FrogWatch

Saturday, January 6, 2018

We are thrilled to be hosting another FrogWatch Program in 2018 and welcome volunteers to get involved. FrogWatch USA was created in 1998 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a contributory Public Participation in Scientific Research. In 2009, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) assumed management of FrogWatch USA as part of its long-term commitment to amphibian conservation.

Frogs and toads play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health. Many populations of amphibians worldwide have experienced decline in past decades. Participating in FrogWatch will provide volunteers the chance to provide valuable data that can be used to prevent future declines and to learn more about these fascinating creatures! This form of "citizen science" enables everyday people to get involved in formal conservation efforts just by committing to listen and learn in their own backyards. 

Training sessions will be held as follows:

  • January 6th from 10am - noon at Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
  • January 14th from 1-3pm at the Zoo's Education Building.
  • Optional “Jeopardy” style trivia will be held immediately following each training

For more info or to register: http://www.brzoo.org/education/learn-at-the-zoo/frogwatch/.

Zoo & Me Morning - Warm and Fuzzy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Warm and Fuzzy

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.

FrogWatch

Sunday, January 14, 2018

We are thrilled to be hosting another FrogWatch Program in 2018 and welcome volunteers to get involved. FrogWatch USA was created in 1998 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a contributory Public Participation in Scientific Research. In 2009, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) assumed management of FrogWatch USA as part of its long-term commitment to amphibian conservation.

Frogs and toads play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health. Many populations of amphibians worldwide have experienced decline in past decades. Participating in FrogWatch will provide volunteers the chance to provide valuable data that can be used to prevent future declines and to learn more about these fascinating creatures! This form of "citizen science" enables everyday people to get involved in formal conservation efforts just by committing to listen and learn in their own backyards. 

Training sessions will be held as follows:

  • January 6th from 10am - noon at Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
  • January 14th from 1-3pm at the Zoo's Education Building.
  • Optional “Jeopardy” style trivia will be held immediately following each training

For more info or to register: http://www.brzoo.org/education/learn-at-the-zoo/frogwatch/.

Spring Zoo Camp Registration Begins

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I Heart My Zoo Day

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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 - Monkey Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monkey Mardi Gras

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 - The Wearing of the Green

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Wearing of the Green

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.

Members Night at the Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, March 16, 2018

To thank all of our Friends of the Zoo members, the Zoo invites members for an exclusive evening to see what the Zoo is like after the gates close to the public. This special members’ appreciation party will include keeper chats, animal enrichments and other activities throughout the Zoo. Pre-registration is not required; simply present a valid membership card and photo ID for admittance. Free for all Friends of the Zoo members.

Admission from 4-7 p.m., grounds close at 8 p.m.

Spring Green at the Zoo

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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)

Summer Zoo Camp Registration Begins (EBR Parish)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Summer Zoo Camp Registration Begins (Out of Parish)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Zippity Zoo Fest

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - Sunday, April 8, 2018

Join the Zoo as we celebrate our 48th 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 7, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Zoo & Me Morning - Spring Fling

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Fling

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 - What's Bugging You?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What's Bugging You?

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 - Tons of Turtles

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tons of Turtles

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 - Tails from the Zoo

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tails of the 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.

Zoo & Me Morning - It's Raining Bats and Dogs

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It's Raining Bats and Dogs

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 - Something's Fishy Around Here

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Something's Fishy Around 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 & Me Morning - Reindeer Games

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Reindeer Games

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.