April 1 – July 2 – DINOSAURS

Lurking impatiently in a once off-limit corner of The Jackson Zoo, a pack of 12 life-size, lifelike prehistoric creatures await the opening day of “Dinos: See the Past, Protect the Future,” a spectacular, all-new exhibit coming to the Jackson Zoo on April 1, 2017.

For a limited time only (April – July), these animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life, will take visitors back in time for a colossal adventure. The experience will provide a rare chance to discover a lost world millions of years ago, while warning about the very real threat of extinction of many endangered species today.

Among the exhibit’s added features are a Fossil Dig and a Pachyrhinosaurus photo op. Guests will even have an opportunity to peek at the robotics controlling the large creatures in our Education exhibit hall.

The experience promises colossal levels of awe with fascinating facts about the prehistoric era, the featured dinosaurs, and how they compare to our Jackson Zoo animals.

Dinos at the Jackson Zoo is a fundraiser and there is a $2 event fee.

May 7 – Zoo Blues

What was once an annual tradition at the zoo, this event returns with bigger and better entertainment and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Taking place in the back field of the Community Center, this event will allow guest to bring in their own lawn chairs and coolers.  This event is funded by F&S Productions and a percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit the zoo. Doors open at 2, show starts at 4.

May 14 – Mother’s Day 

Mother’s receive 1/2 off with paying child on Mother’s Day! Celebrate your Mom with a trip to the Jackson Zoo.

May 20 – Members Appreciation Day 

A day dedicated to honoring our Zoo members. Members can come in at their leisure that day and receive a free carousel ride and free ice cream treat (other items TBD). Incentives for new members. Games, activities, and door prizes.

May 22 – 22q at the Zoo

Mark your Calendars for the second annual “22q at the Zoo” . Organized and developed by The International 22q11.2 Foundation, 22q at the Zoo is an event that gives families, friends and professionals a chance to socialize, network and raise the public profile of chromosome 22q11.2 syndromes.Volunteers spread awareness by handing out 22q fact sheets and educating anyone interested enough to stop and ask about 22q. The event kicks off in New Zealand and continues westward ending in the South Pacific having literally circled the globe.

May 29 – Memorial Day 

Military persons receive ½ off adult admission; must present I.D.

June 14 – Dream Night

In partnership with St. Dominic Health Services, the Mississippi disAbility MegaConference, and the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities the Jackson Zoo hosts a private evening for children with special needs and their families. Train and carousel rides, magician, Jackson Showboats, keeper chats and animals encounters, refreshments provided by local restaurants.

June 18 – Father’s Day 

Celebrate Dad’s special day with a trip to the Zoo! Dads receive ½ off admission with a paying child.

July 4 – Red, White and Blue Day

Wear red, white & blue to the zoo on July 4th and receive $4 admission (adults & kids).

July 15 – Ice Cream Safari 

Now in its 22cd year, this event has featured our local media celebrities showing off their personalities and scooping favorite Blue Bunny  flavors for your votes.   This year we will separate the voting into print, radio and TV categories and still have an overall winner.

July 16 – 22 – National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week 

During National Zoo Keeper’s Week, we recognize and celebrate our dedicated zoo professionals here at the Jackson Zoo. Stop by for keeper chats throughout week to meet real zoo keepers or draw your favorite animal for them and send to the Jackson Zoo Attn: Special Events Dept. You can even email a note to

July 29 – International Tiger Day

Come celebrate tigers with tiger zoo keeper chats, fun crafts, tiger enrichment and more! Free with General Admission.

September 2, 3 & 4 – Frozen Treat Enrichment Weekend

Join us Labor Day weekend at the Jackson Zoo for frozen treat fun for our furry friends and Zoo guest. First 200 guest each day will receive a coupon for a FREE Icee Pop from the Elephant Cafe. Plan your trip with our frozen treat schedule below and stick around for scheduled Zoo Keeper chats throughout the day. All activities included with regular Zoo admission.

September 10 – Grandparents Day 

Treat your Grandparents to a day at The Jackson Zoo! Grandparents receive 1/2 off admission when accompanied by grandchildren over the age of 2 years old. Visit with Zoo Keepers at scheduled Keeper chats around the zoo! Included with admission.

September 21 – Zoo Party (Adults Only)

This annual fundraiser brings awareness to the needs of the zoo. Lots of good food, great music and more during this adult only event!  Corporate sponsorship preferred.

October 17 – Annual Members Meeting

As required by the bylaws, this meeting is held yearly. Members come out to meet zoo director, current board members, zoo staff and elect new officers of the board. Light refreshments and beverages are provided.

October 27 & 28 – Boo at the Zoo 

The Zoo’s version of “trick or treat”, this event is open to the public for regular zoo admission to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for your children to celebrate Halloween.   Business and organizations will be solicited to come in and provide décor, activities and candy for their individual stations. Family friendly costumes are encouraged, parade of costumes will be held nightly at 6:30p on the Wildlife Theater stage and Monster Mash Dance party nightly at 7:30p.

November 11 – Veteran’s Day 

Celebrate Veteran’s special day with a trip to the Zoo! Military persons receive ½ off admission for themselves and immediate family members. Must present I.D.