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BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - Come Travel Around the World with Us!
Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: I lost my membership card, how do I get a new one?
A: If you lose your membership card, another one can be purchased for $5. Please call 225.775.3877 x 212 to purchase a new card or you can also come by the Zoo.

Q: How can I purchase a membership?
A: There are many ways you can purchase a Zoo membership. Please read the following for processing and activation times. If you purchased your membership:

Online:
Your membership is active right away and you will print a confirmation that will serve as a temporary membership card until your permanent card arrives in the mail. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your permanent membership card.

On Zoo grounds:
Your membership is active right away and you will get a receipt that will serve as a temporary membership card until your permanent card arrives in the mail. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your permanent membership card.

On the phone:
Your membership will be active right away. If you would like to visit before your membership card arrives in the mail, please call 225.775.3877 x 212 and you will be issued a day pass. The day pass is not useable at other zoos in the reciprocal program. For fastest service, please purchase your membership at the Zoo's front gate or online at brzoo.org.

Through the mail:
Your membership will be active within 2-3 weeks. If you would like to visit before your membership card arrives in the mail, please call 225.775.3877 x 212 and you will be issued a day pass. The day pass is not useable at other zoos in the reciprocal program. For fastest service, please purchase your membership at the Zoo front gate or at brzoo.org.

Q: What is the fastest way to get a membership?
A: Although many options for purchasing a membership exist, the fastest way to obtain a membership is online. Your membership is active right away and you'll get a receipt that will serve as a temporary membership card until your permanent card arrives in the mail. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your permanent membership card.

Q: How do I buy someone a gift membership?
A: On the membership application there is a section that says, "If this is a gift, please complete:" After filling out all the necessary information you can send in the application through the mail, come by the zoo to make the purchase or submit payment online.

Q: Are gift certificates available?
A: No, gift certificates are not available at this time but gift memberships are.

Q: Why do I have to show my ID?
A: To prevent misuse of membership cards, we require that all named adult cardholders present photo ID upon entering the Zoo. We also want to protect our members should cards be lost or stolen.

Q: If I renew early do I lose any time on my membership?
A: No. If you renew early, the extra time will be added to your new membership. For example, if your membership expires 10/31/11 but you renew on 8/30/11, your new membership will not expire until 10/31/12.

Q: How can I change my address?
A: It is very important that we have your most up-to-date information. If we have old information, you may not receive your members' only newsletter and other important information. You will not be issued a new card if you update your membership information so you will not incur any fees. To update your information please call 225.775.3877 x 212.

Q: Can I put my membership on hold?
A: No. Memberships become active immediately upon purchase and cannot be suspended.

Q: Can I transfer my membership to someone else?
A: No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person named on the card.

Q: When can I use my membership? Are there blackout dates?
A: Membership is valid for general admission entrance to the Baton Rouge Zoo during regular operating hours all year long. There are no blackout dates or restrictions. Membership includes free admission to Zippity Zoo Fest and Boo at the Zoo. Membership does not cover entrance to other special events, programs, camps or tours. Please call or check the website for specific information about Zoo programs.

Q: Can I lend my membership card to a friend or family member?
A: No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person named on the card. Supporting photo ID is required for entrance.

Q: How many cards are included with my membership?
A: Members at all levels receive two membership cards.

Q: Can I send my children to the Zoo with their grandparents?
A: Membership cards are non-transferable, so you would need to buy a membership that allows you to add a caregiver (Household Level or higher).

Q: Can I purchase a membership on the day I visit the Zoo?
A: You can purchase your membership at the Zoo's Main Entrance when you arrive at the Zoo.

Q: If I decide to join after my visit, can I apply the cost of my admission tickets toward my membership?
A: Yes, but you must purchase your membership on the same day that you purchased your tickets. Please note that only those individuals covered by the level of membership you purchase will have their admissions applied to the cost of the membership.

Q: Does the membership run a calendar year (January through December) or from the date of purchase?
A:
All of our memberships are valid one year from the date of purchase; so if you purchase your membership on April 15, it will be valid until April 30 of the following year.

Q: Is membership a value for me?
A: The average family need only visit the Baton Rouge Zoo two to three times per year to cover the cost of a membership. In addition to being able to visit the Zoo as often as desired, there are no certain time periods required for your visit. Drop by for a morning walk, a quick lunch or an afternoon of play, and then bring everyone back for a weekend event.


Q: The other named adult is unable to come with me; may I bring a guest in their place?
A: If the adults on your membership are named, only those adults may use the membership card. If you would like to bring additional guests on your membership please consider purchasing the Honorary Keeper membership which allows you to bring 4 additional guests each visit.

Q: When will I receive my membership packet?
A: You will receive your membership packet within 2-3 weeks. Please call the Friends of the Zoo Membership Office at 225.775.3877 x 212 or email at membership@brzoo.org if you haven't received your membership packet after this time period.

Q: Do members receive a discount in the Gift Shop?
A: Yes, there is a 15% discount for members at the Safari Post gift shop.

Q: What happens if I go to a reciprocal zoo without my current membership card?
A: We recommend calling the zoo or aquarium ahead of time to see what membership they honor. You must have your Baton Rouge Zoo membership card with you in order to be admitted to a reciprocal zoo under our reciprocity agreement. Each zoo is different, and they may only honor the equivalent of our Zoo's Household level. If you do not have your membership card with you, you will have to pay the regular admission fee.

Q: Do I have to pay for parking?
A: No, parking is free at the Baton Rouge Zoo!

Q: Can I loan out my membership card to a family member or friend?
A: No, your membership card(s) and associated privileges are not transferable to any other individual. Your membership has a tremendous value. To protect the rights of our members, we will ask to see your photo ID, such as a driver's license, at the time of your visit.

Q: Does my membership include the train rides?
A: No, the train rides are not included with your membership. However, if you are a Safari Club member you get 4 complimentary train tickets and Director's Club members receive 8 complimentary train tickets per year.

Q: Does my membership include birthday parties?
A: No, your Zoo membership includes general admission to the Zoo only. There is no discount for members to host a birthday party or to attend a birthday party. There is a fee for each person (for members as well) to enter the party room.

Fun Fact
A group of storks is called a mustering.
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