Congratulations on your engagement!
We are looking forward to assisting you in planning for your ‘big day’. Since we are located adjacent to The Luthy Botanical Gardens, we can help you plan your entire wedding and reception in two very unique venues.


Zambezi River Village

The zoo offers a variety of ways to plan your event with us. We have a new facility called The Zambezi River Lodge and Village that has an authentic rondavel. It is a round building with great views of the new Africa! exhibit.


Zambezi River Lodge

Located right next to Luthy Botanical Gardens inside The Peoria Zoo, The Zambezi River Lodge is a new facility seating up to 160 people. It has a cathedral ceiling, thatch roof, exposed timber construction, a huge fireplace, heated floors, and state of the art restroom facilities.



Rondavel in Africa!

Located just outside Zambezi River Lodge this outdoor, open-air rondavel is equipped with a sound system and lighting. The perfect setting for a DJ or live entertainment and dancing. The Lodge and Village, together, make for a spacious and scenic location for any type of event.




With breathtaking views of the new Africa! exhibit, it will be a much sought after venue for receptions and conferences.







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Please call Guest Services at (309) 681-3519 to arrange a tour of the facility. Once you have seen it in person, you will see why it will be one of the most popular wedding sites in our city.



For information on Weddings at the Zoo please contact Guest Services at:



Wedding Timetable

Wedding Checklist