Animal News

Today’s Updates

  • Hippos will not be on habitat today.
  • Otters, Cheetahs, Cougars, Snow Leopards, and Tigers will have access.
  • Arctic Foxes will not be on habitat.
  • White Lion will not be on habitat.
  • Elephant House will be closed.
  • Goat Yard and Roo Valley will be closed.
  • The Discovery Forest Building is now open daily!
  • Brown Mountain Tortoises will be off habitat for the rest of the season.
  • Pelicans will be off habitat for the rest of the season.
  • The Butterfly Aviary is Closed.
  • The Reptile House will be closed Jan 28 until early March to upgrade the Chinese alligator’s habitat.
  • Train and Carousel are closed for Winter Maintenance
While our goal is to provide opportunities for our visitors to see all the animals in our care, there are times when an animal may be off view or given access to their indoor space in order for our team to provide the best care possible.

Animal Encounters and Experiences Schedule

Getting Around the Zoo

Food location hours & animal appearances vary by season. Ask us when you arrive for details on how to make the most of your visit!

Zoo Map


The main Zoo lot is open!  It’s located at 3427 Vine Street. 

Visitors may enter the Zoo using the Pavilion Entry Building from the Main Parking Lot, equipped with stairs & elevators to get to bridge level.

NEW!! When you’re at the Zoo, find your destination with our interactive mobile app!  Learn more here.

Zoo Rides & Attractions

Train & Carousel

Train: Closed for Winter Maintenance

Conservation Carousel: Closed for Winter Maintenance

*weather permitting 

More Info

 Train Sponsor:

Rides are an included benefit of Platinum and Gold Members. Standard members and non-members may purchase tickets at each respective attraction.

a kid on the carousel

*Hours may vary due to inclement weather, maintenance, and low attendance.

*Rides are Currently Closed Due To Maintenance *

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Gift Shops

Historic Vine Village Main Gift Shop*: 9am-9pm

Mai Tai’s Marketplace Gift Shop: 9am-5pm

*For a wider variety of retail items, please shop our online store.

Face Painting

Vine Street Village Closed Closed
Safari  Closed Closed


New mobile food ordering allows touchless transactions with food pickup at Base Camp Cafe. From Food Trucks featuring chicken strips, tacos, and burgers to snack stations and Hops, overlooking Roo Valley, the Zoo has something for everyone!

See what is open today!

Historic Vine Street Village
Hops: Closed Closed
S’mores and More Closed Closed
Africa & Train Station
Base Camp Cafe: 10am 5pm
Tuskers: Closed Closed
Twisted Tracks: Closed Closed
Train Dots: Closed Closed
Jungle Trails & African Veldt
LaRosa’s: Closed Closed
LaRosa’s Dots: Closed Closed
Canopy Canteen: Closed Closed
The Grove
Cup & Cone @ Mai Thai’s Market: Closed Closed
Outpost Cafe @ Mai Thai’s Market: Closed Closed
The Coop: Closed Closed
Wild Burger: Closed Closed
Taco Caja Closed Closed
Sweet Retreat: Closed Closed

Animal Experiences

Included with Zoo Admission

These Experiences will resume in the Spring

Cheetah Encounter

See cheetahs do what they do best – run! Returning this spring!

cheetah running

Cheetah Encounter Sponsored by: 

Kroger Logo

Barnyard Bonanza

A fast-paced, fun, family-friendly interaction in our Children’s Zoo. Returning this spring!

barnyard bonanza

Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza Presented by: 

Bird Experience

Watch amazing birds mimic, fly and soar above you during this 20-minute experience in the Zoo’s amphitheater. Returning this spring!

More information

Wings of Wonder Bird Experience Sponsored by: