Congratulations on your engagement!

We are looking forward to assisting you in the planning for your ‘big day’.


Weddings at the Zoo

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 200 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.



Breathtaking Views

Our boardwalk and plaza offer breathtaking views of the new Africa! exhibit,  during the day and night!  A beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable, unique wedding venue.

The Zambezi River Lodge set for Private Party

The Zambezi River Lodge set for Private Party

Africa! A unique wedding venue.

Africa! A unique wedding venue.

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



PEORIA ZOO has been selected to receive the
WeddingWire  Bride’s Choice Awards™ .

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

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