April 1 – July 4 – 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, limited time exhibit with us until April 2, 2017.

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 per person per visit with either admission or membership. 


July 4 – Red, White and Blue Day

Each person wearing red, white, AND blue clothing (all three colors at the same time) to the zoo on July 4th will receive $4 admission (adults & kids).

July 15 – Ice Cream Safari 

Now in its 23rd year, this event has featured our local media celebrities showing off their personalities and scooping favorite Blue Bunny flavors for your votes. Entrance cost for this fundraiser is regular admission or membership PLUS $4 per person.  

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, 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.