White Rhinoceros

  • A rhino’s horn is not attached to the skull. It grows from the skin and is made of same material as our fingernails.
  • Unlike other rhino species, white rhino females travel in groups, which move between male patrolled territories.
  • South Africa has approximately 80% of the world’s population of white rhinos. Their numbers are increasing each year due to careful conservation of habitat and harsh enforcement of poaching laws

African Lion

  • Second largest living cat after the tiger.
  • Lions are the only members of the cat family to display obvious sexual dimorphism—that is, males and females look distinctly different.
  • The cubs are blind when they are born.
  • A pride consists of up to 3 males, a dozen or so females and their young. Pride’s lionesses are related and female young usually stay with their pride.
  • Cubs can nurse from any female in the pride, not just their mother.
  • Lions sleep up to 21 hours a day
  • Lions walk about 2.4 miles/hour, but can run 29-35 mph
  • Loose belly skin allows the lion to be kicked by prey with little chance of injury
  • A single lion needs approximately 10-20 large animals per year to sustain it.

Giraffe

  • A giraffe’s heart can pump 16 gallons (61 l) of blood in one minute!
  • Giraffes have the largest eyes of any land mammal!
  • Other animals on the savanna (such as zebras, ostriches, antelopes) use giraffes as watchtowers or observation posts for predators!
  • Giraffes have one of the highest blood pressures of all animals, due to their height and the large size of their heart. Because of this, their veins and arteries are much thicker compared to other large mammals!
  • Giraffe necks contain 7 elongated vertebrae (up to 10 inches long each). Giraffes have a steeply sloping back from the shoulders to the rump.
  • Giraffes feed and drink during the morning and evening. During the hot midday, giraffes usually chew their cud.
  • Giraffes rest at night while standing up. When resting, the head lies on a hind leg, with the neck forming an impressive arch. Giraffes sleep standing up but can occasionally lie down. Giraffes that are resting lightly remain in a fully upright position, with half-closed eyes, and ears continuing to twitch.
  • Giraffes are fast moving mammals, reaching speeds from 32 to 60 km/h (up to 35 mph). They can sprint for considerable distances.
  • Giraffes are host to troublesome ticks. Oxpecker birds (Buphagus africanus) rests on the backs and necks of giraffes, removing the ticks from the giraffe skin. There is a mutually beneficial relationship between giraffes and oxpecker birds.
  • Necks are 6 feet long and weigh approximately 600 pounds. Their legs are around 6 feet long. Their heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 25 pounds.
  • They eat 75 pounds of food a day.
  • Their tongue is 18 inches long and dark in color to prevent sunburn.
  • The giraffe has an extremely high blood pressure (280/180 mm Hg) which is twice that found in humans. Additionally, the heart beats up to 170 times per minute double that of humans. It was previously thought that a giraffe had a really big heart, but recent research has revealed that there isn’t room in the body cavity for this. Instead, the giraffe has a relatively small heart and its power comes from a very strong beat as a result of the incredibly thick walls of the left ventricle.
  • The horns on their head can be used for sparring among males.

Mexican Axolotl

  • Most remain in the larval stage throughout adulthood, maintaining their gills.
  • Axolotls are being studied heavily by scientists because they have the ability to regenerate missing limbs, as well as have a very quick healing time
  • The word “axolotl” comes from the native Aztec language. It roughly translates to: water sprite.
  • Closest relative is the Eastern Tiger Salamander

Taveta Golden Weaver

  • Weavers get their name by the elaborate woven nests that they build
  • Very noisy birds that chatter constantly
  • It builds spherical grass nests, usually suspended over water.

Black Swan

  • Can whistle
  • Babies ride on the parents backs until time to fledge
  • Adults female is called a pen and an adult male is called a cob
  • A baby is called a cygnet
  • Swans molt once a year during which time they are flightless.
  • They mate for life and nest in colonies with both birds building the nest.
  • They are the only entirely black colored swan in the world.

Takin

  • Takins, like giant pandas, are considered national treasures in China.
  • It is believed that the “golden fleece” sought by Jason in Greek mythology was a Shensi, or golden Takin pelt
  • Takins have been known to jump 6-foot zoo walls from a standing start
  • As they move up, down, or across the mountains, Takins use the same routes over and over.
  • Within three days of its birth, a Takin kid is able to follow its mother through most types of terrain.
  • Because of their large, powerful bodies and impressive horns, Takins have few natural enemies other than bears or wolves
  • When needed, a Takin can leap nimbly from rock to rock. If a Takin senses danger, it warns the others with a loud “cough” that sends the herd running for cover. Takins can also make an intimidating roar or bellow.

Blue Poison Dart Frog

  • The poison arrow frog’s bright colors are used to warn predators of their poison. Predators usually recognize the bright color and avoid them.
  • Poison arrow frogs are being used in research. Some compounds in their body, if harnessed correctly, may have the potential to lead to a new drug that would be up to 200 times more effective than morphine.
  •  Poison dart frogs, also called poison arrow frogs, are so named because some Amerindian tribes have used their secretions to poison their darts. Not all arrow frogs are deadly, and only three species are very dangerous to humans. The most deadly species to humans is the golden poison arrow frog (Phyllobates terribilis). Its poison, batrachotoxin, can kill many small animals or humans. These frogs are found in Colombia along the western slopes of the Andes. Arrow frogs are not poisonous in captivity. Scientists believe that these frogs gain their poison from a specific arthropod and other insects that they eat in the wild. These insects most likely acquire the poison from their plant diet.
  •  In 1999 a Zoo pathologist published his discovery of a then-mysterious infection that was afflicting and eventually killing poison arrow frogs and white’s tree frogs. Through his effort, cutaneous chytridiomycosis was documented for the first time as a vertebrate parasite. The veterinarians along with keepers and pathologists also developed a treatment for the chytrids. The same antifungal that is used to kill athletes’ foot in humans can be used with the frogs and toads.
  •  Mating-Male selects a flat area, which he cleans off and calls to females.
  •  116 species of poison arrow frogs whose colors vary from green, red, pink or gold.
  • Males can be distinguished from females by their larger front toe pads.

Colorado River Toad

  • This is the largest native toad species in the United States.
  • Possibly extinct in California, Haven’t been seen since 1955. Use of pesticides and loss of habitat is to blame.
  • These toads have poison that is secreted from the parotid glands under its jaw that can be hazardous if ingested by dogs of other small animals.
  • The poison on their skin is a known hallucinogen for humans and some states have passed laws banning the licking or smoking of the toad’s skin.

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

  • The poison arrow frog’s bright colors are used to warn predators of their poison. Predators usually recognize the bright color and avoid them.
  •  Poison arrow frogs are being used in research. Some compounds in their body, if harnessed correctly, may have the potential to lead to a new drug that would be up to 200 times more effective than morphine.
  • Poison dart frogs, also called poison arrow frogs, are so named because some Amerindian tribes have used their secretions to poison their darts. Not all arrow frogs are deadly, and only three species are very dangerous to humans. The most deadly species to humans is the golden poison arrow frog (Phyllobates terribilis). Its poison, batrachotoxin, can kill many small animals or humans. These frogs are found in Colombia along the western slopes of the Andes. Arrow frogs are not poisonous in captivity. Scientists believe that these frogs gain their poison from a specific arthropod and other insects that they eat in the wild. These insects most likely acquire the poison from their plant diet.
  • In 1999 a Zoo pathologist published his discovery of a then-mysterious infection that was afflicting and eventually killing poison arrow frogs and white’s tree frogs. Through his effort, cutaneous chytridiomycosis was documented for the first time as a vertebrate parasite. The veterinarians along with keepers and pathologists also developed a treatment for the chytrids. The same antifungal that is used to kill athletes’ foot in humans can be used with the frogs and toads.
  • Mating-Male selects a flat area, which he cleans off and calls to females.
  • 116 species of poison arrow frogs whose colors vary from green, red, pink or gold.
  • Males can be distinguished from females by their larger front toe pads.

Panamanian Golden Frog

  • Like other frogs and toads, the golden frog is capable of secreting poison to help protect themselves from predators.
  • Unlike other frogs, the Panama golden frog lacks eardrums and communicates by waving its hands.
  • They can only be housed in AZA facilities.

Eastern Tiger Salamander

  • Possess broad heads with blunt rounded snouts that help them to burrow underground.
  • Their tails are compressed for propulsion and steering during swimming.
  • Males have longer tails and stouter legs than females
  • They have well developed lungs.
  • Biggest specimen recorded was 13 inches long.
  • Named tiger salamanders after their light spots or bars on a dark body.
  • Easily confused with the spotted salamander which has two rows of regular yellow to orange spots running parallel down its back.  The tiger has irregularly distributed spots.
  • Salamanders do not have fracture zones in their tails as some lizards do, but are able to regenerate entire limbs. Regenerated parts are usually distinguishable by the lack of characteristic pigmentation.

Red-Tailed Hawk

  • The eyesight of a hawk is 8 times as powerful as a human’s. They can spot a mouse from a height of 100 ft.
  • Sit and wait for food by watching from an elevated perch. They also hover in strong winds.
  • The red-tailed hawk is used in movies to represent any eagle or hawk anywhere in the world.

Emu

  • Second largest bird by height in the world
  • Flightless birds
  • Can sprint at speeds up to 30 mph and jump 7 ft straight up
  •  Able to swim if necessary
  • Largest bird native to Australia
  • On hot days, Emus pant (like a dog) to decrease body temperature
  • Calls consist of booming, drumming and grunting. The booming is created in an inflatable neck sac and can be heard up to 1.2 miles away.
  • Groups of birds known as ratites. They are the most primitive of the modern bird families. Their family includes ostrich and kiwi.
  • Emu’s tail feathers aren’t soft and can be rattle to scare off predators.

Laughing Kookaburra

  • Their laughter serves the same purpose as a great many other bird calls — to demarcate territorial borders.
  • Offspring help care for the next generation
  • Carnivorous bird
  • The loud ‘koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa-kaa’ is often sung in a chorus with other individuals. The Laughing Kookaburra also has a shorter ‘koooaa’, which is normally given when accompanied by other members of its family group.
  • Known as the bushman’s clock, they are heard at dawn in the bush.

Budgerigar

  • One of the most popular domesticated birds
  • Predators include humans, snakes and large birds (owl, hawk, Hobby or falcon)
  • Found in inland Australia environments for the past 5 million years
  • Adapted to drought conditions that may last up to 10 years
  • Flocks follow flushes of seeding grasses after thunderstorms

Blue-and-yellow Macaw

  • They are one of the largest parrots in the world
  • The beak can be used for climbing and hanging from trees
  • Can be taught to talk if in captivity
  • Greatest threats to macaws is deforestation

Moluccan Cockatoo

  • Typical of the family, Moluccan Cockatoos have an erectile crest. It is raised after alighting and when alarmed or excited.
  • Also characteristic of the family is the water repellency of the feathers created by a covering of powder down feathers.  
  • Moluccan cockatoos are known for their ear splitting yells. When cornered or aroused, they emit a hissing note.
  • They prefer to bathe by fluttering among wet foliage in the treetops or during rain showers by hanging upside-down from their perches.

Domestic Chicken

  • There are more chickens in the world than any other bird
  • Are not capable of long distance flight
  • Roosters crow all day, not just at dawn
  • World’s oldest chicken was 16
  • Are pretty smart birds so the term “bird brain” is not very accurate
  • There are around 60 recognized breeds of chicken in the world

Desert Blond Tarantula

  • Most spiderlings do not survive to reach sexual maturity. They are either eaten by predators or do not find enough food to survive.
  • It makes no sounds, and since tarantulas have poor vision, this species communicates with the outside world and the opposite sex primarily by touch.
  • The venom is similar to that of a mosquito or a bee sting.
  • Aphonopelma chalcodes is often a victim of parasitism. A species of fly lays its eggs on the tarantula’s back, and when the larvae hatch, they devour the tarantula. A species of wasp, known as tarantula hawks, attack these tarantulas, and if successful, inject their victim with poison and paralyze it. The wasp then drags the tarantula back to its nest and places it next to its eggs. The tarantula can often live for a few months in this paralyzed state, until the eggs hatch and then eat the tarantula.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

  • There are 3500 different species of cockroaches and 99% of them are not considered pests.
  • A cockroach can live up to 9 days without a head
  • A cockroach passes gas every 10 minutes
  • Cockroaches have changed very little over the past 250 million years
  • Communicate with hissing-males use the hiss during fights with other males, courtship and for any disturbance. Females and males only use it during disturbances.
  • The hiss is 90 decibels which is equivalent to the sound made by a lawnmower or a hairdryer.

Chilean Rose Tarantula

  • tarantulas usually give off several warnings before biting
  • one of their warnings is flicking off hairs from their abdomen into their predator’s skin (causing irritation); this is why their abdomens sometimes have a bald patch

Domestic Zebu

  • There are over 30 known breeds of zebu each originating in a province of India.
  • Sacred cattle of India and is allowed to roam the streets and villages.
  • Have more sweat glands than other cattle, allowing them to handle hot, humid climates.
  • Tick resistant
  • Horns are found on both males and females and grow throughout their lives.

Giant Flemish Rabbit

  • Today’s pet rabbits were first domesticated in the middle ages from wild European rabbits of the species Oryctolagus cuniculus. More than 40 breeds are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, which range from rabbits that weigh only a couple of pounds to those that weigh 20 pounds or more.
  • Their eyes are limited in terms of depth perception and close-up vision. Instead, the rabbit’s vision system is designed to pick up any kind of movement at a far distance. They are constantly aware of potential predators on the ground and in the sky. Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Flemish Giants are the true giants of all rabbits. They can grow to immense size, reaching four or more pounds in 7 weeks, and maturing up to 18 pounds in 9 months. There are reports of some males weighing up to 28 lbs.
  • Cecotrophy: Rabbits are unable to absorb all of their nutrition via the intestinal wall, but can still get it by eating their cecals (or cecotropes). (These are not the same as feces, which are round dry droppings seen around the rabbit’s territory and in the litter box.) Cecotropes are often not seen by humans because they’re taken straight from the anus, but they look like dark small mushy blobs. Baby rabbits eat their mother’s cecals as well as drink her milk. Rabbits will redigest their droppings as much as 12 times for remaining nutrients.
  • Rabbits have scent glands under their chin and will rub their scent glands on almost everything in order to claim ownership and mark territory. Even people can be marked, though they cannot smell the scent.

Grevy’s Zebra

  • Newly born zebras apparently undergo a critical period of imprinting during which they must learn who their mother is. Since the young zebra will follow anything that moves, new mothers are very aggressive toward other mares for the first few hours after they give birth. This aggression prevents the foal from accidently imprinting upon another female.
  • The striped hide of the zebra may function as a sort of camoflauge. It may help to break up the outline of the zebra, especially when the animal is viewed through the twigs and branches of bushes. Motionless zebra are nearly invisible to the human eye at night (from 5 -15 meters away, depending on the lighting conditions.)
  • Grevy’s zebra has adapted well to its desert-like habitat and seems able to withstand extremes of both heat and thirst. It can survive for several days without eating or drinking.
  • The Grevy’s zebra has been used by native peoples for food and for its beautiful hide.
  • The Grevy’s Zebra is the largest wild member of the horse family
  • Black with white stripes or white with black stripes? Generally thought to have white coats with black (sometimes brown) stripes. However, zebras have black skin underneath so it kind of depends on how you look at it.
  • Zebras are herbivores, spending hours each day grazing. This will wear their teeth, so their teeth will keep growing all of their lives.

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

  • Tigers are the only large cat with stripes.
  • The stripe patterns of a tiger are not symmetrical from one side of the animal to another.
  • Thickly furred feet are an adaptation for silent stalking. Their big paws act like snowshoes to help them move deeply into the snow.

Chinese Muntjac

  • Muntjacs make a sharp barking sound as their alarm call, which has given them the      nickname of “barking deer.” This sound is also common during their      breeding season.
  • There are 11 species of muntjac.
  • Muntjacs have excellent hearing and eyesight.
  • Muntjacs are the oldest known deer species; fossil remains date to 15 to 35 million years ago.
  • Males have canines that can grow up to 1 inch long and small antlers that are shed annually. Males primarily use their canines to fight others, but antlers can also be used. Antlers are used to push an opponent off-balance, and then canine teeth are used to wound
  • Muntjac use their extremely long tongue to reach many of their favorite foods. It’s so long that it can reach over the face to the eyes!

Domestic Donkey

  • The animal considered to be its wild ancestor is the African Wild Ass, also E. asinus.
  • A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny, and offspring less than one year old, a foal (male: colt, female filly).
  • There are 9 breeds of domesticated donkeys.
  • They can carry up to 200 pounds at a time and were used to build the great pyramids.
  • Donkeys can go for long periods of time without drinking. In fact, they can lose up to 30% of their body weight in water. They can regain all the water they lost after only 5 minutes of drinking.
  • The tough digestive system allows them to eat rough vegetation that most animals would find inedible.
  • They live in areas where food can be scarce, so they space out and use their loud braying calls to communicate with each other.
  •  Can be used as guard animals for protecting livestock.
  • If a male donkey is bred to a female horse the offspring is called a mule.

Nigerian Dwarf Goat

  • Nigerian dwarf goats are a dairy breed that provide a surprising amount of milk for their size. They can produce on average about two-and-a-half pounds of milk a day throughout the entire lactation period.
  • Although the African pygmy goat and Nigerian dwarf goat share similar origins, it is each a separate and distinct breed.
  • Nigerian dwarf dairy goats and African pygmy goats have the same scientific name because both species are listed as wild goats.
  • Herd animals where an old female usually leads the herd.
  • They are different from pigmy goats because of their longer bodies and pigmy goats have heavier bones.
  • They have square pupils, believed to help cut glare when climbing mountains. Goats and octopus are the only animals that have this.

Giant Zambian Mole Rat

  • The streamlined body and short limbs allow then to move backwards and forwards with ease in the narrow burrows.
  • The hind feet and tail have stiff hairs that help hold soil when they move it along the burrows.
  • Even though their range of hearing is limited, Giant Zambian Mole-rats have large vocal repertoires.
  • The hair is short, thick and easily reversible, which is helpful when living in a tunnel.
  • Their skin is loose, this lets them shake off dirt and also helps them when turning around in burrows.
  • Stiff tactile hairs are scattered over much of the body. These hairs stick up above the rest of the hair and works like whiskers.
  • They use their incisors like a shovel, excavating burrows by biting the soil.
  • They have strong muscular lips behind their incisors that keep the soil out of their mouth.
  • They sharpen their teeth by grooming the lower incisors against the upper incisors.
  • Living underground, they have developed adaptations: tolerance to high carbon dioxide and low oxygen concentrations and lower body temperatures and resting metabolic rates than most mammals.
  • Some mole-rats have been known to live into their 20s. Scientists are studying naked mole rats to try to figure out their aging secrets.
  • The incisors are on the outside of their mouth, allowing it to work like a shovel and not get dirt in their mouth.

Parma Wallaby

  • Females can produce two types of milk, one for newborns and one for young who are being weaned
  • Parmas were thought to be extinct until a group was found on an island in New Zealand in 1965. They were going to be re-introduced until a group was found in New South Wales in the 1970s.
  • Difference between kangaroos and wallabies: size. Kangaroos are normally 42 inches or above and wallabies are 42 inches and below, size of their feet (kangaroos are bigger) and tail (the kangaroos tail is usually thicker). Wallabies also tend to be more colorful.

Red River Hog

  • An interesting note is that the red river hog can be found on both the mainland of Africa as well as Madagascar. Two explanations for the radiation of this species to Madagascar from the mainland have been proposed. The first is that humans introduced the species. The second is that bush pigs first arrived on Madagascar as a result of floating on papyrus beds, which sometimes detach and float out to sea.
  • Bush pigs are most active at night and spend the day in burrows among dense vegatation.
  • Threat displays involve displays of their facial masks and the production of loud noises. Bush pigs fight by pressing their foreheads together, butting heads, jabbing with their snouts and whipping each other with their tails.
  • Bush pigs have been known to follow chimpanzees in search of fallen fruit. They especially enjoy the seeds of the tree Balanites wilsoniana, which they find undigested in the feces of elephants.
  • Red river hogs have excellent hearing and can detect the underground movement of an earthworm.
  • They have scent glands in their feet and lips, leaving scent marks everywhere they go.
  • Blow breath on each other as a form of greeting.
  • When piglets are frightened they will crouch and play possum.

Cotton-Top Tamarin

  • It moves from tree to tree by running or walking quadrupedally along horizontal branches and leaping as much as three meters between branches.
  • They are among the smallest of primates.
  • When alarmed or excited, Cottontop Tamarins raise the hair on the crown of their head and stand up tall to make themselves look bigger.
  • Babies are born with their eyes open, covered in fur and have a short mane.
  • Claws help the tamarins grip branches, since their fingers are small and non-opposable.

Mandrill

  • “Mandrill” is actually two words. “Man” simply means “man-like,” while “drill” is a West African name for the animal.
  • Mandrills have a unique pouch on the inside of their cheeks. They can use these pouches to store food to be eaten later, while still having use of all of their limbs.
  • Communicate through scent marking, vocalization, and body language.

Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth

  • The name “sloth” means “lazy,” but the slow movements of this animal are actually an adaptation for surviving on a low-energy diet of leaves.
  • Defecate only once every 5 days! They come down to the ground 1 x a week to defecate and urinate.
  • Sloths have very poor eyesight and hearing, and rely almost entirely on their senses of touch and smell to find food.
  • Hang upside down almost all the time!
  • Sloths spend nearly their entire lives in an upside down position, eating, sleeping, mating and giving birth all that way.
  • Hair has grooves to allow algal growth. Algae helps them camouflage and nutrients can be ingested by licking or absorption through the skin.
  • 2 toed sloth’s have 6 vertebrae and 3 toed sloth’s have 9 vertebrae.

Domestic Polecat (Ferret)

  • They are domesticated but it is through that they were descended from the polecats in Europe over 2500 years ago.
  • They sleep 18-20 hours a day!

Mongoose Lemur

  • Current wild population estimated to be between 1,000 to 10,000.
  • Mongoose lemurs love nectar – in some areas 80% of their dry season diet is the rich nectar of the Kapok tree, whose flowers open in the evening.
  • Have a good sense of smell and use scent marking to signal to other neighboring groups.
  • Males use top of head when scent marking – may end up bald as a result.
  • They have a series of 6 teeth that stick straight out from their lower jaw. They use this as a comb when grooming each other.
  • They are important pollinators, taking pollen from flower to flower as they eat.

Northern Tree Shrew

  • Tree Shrews have the highest brain to body mass ratio of any animal, even higher than humans.
  • Tupaia comes from the Malay word “tupai” which means squirrel.

 

Ring-Tailed Lemur

  • RT Lemurs are one of 22 species of lemur in the entire world
  • They have binocular forward vision, but must turn their head to see in front of them because their eyes have limited movement in the socket.
  • RT Lemurs do most of their traveling on the ground unlike most other lemurs who are arboreal
  • They communicate with short grunting sounds as a contact call among the troops, and sometime followed with a quick bark
  • The word lemur comes from old Latin and refers to ghosts or spirits
  • The tail is used as a visual signal. When faced with an aggressive encounter, they will wave their scent covered tail in the direction of a rival.

Slender-Tailed Meerkat

  • They are partially immune to certain venoms; they are immune to the very strong venom of the scorpions of the Kalahari Desert.
  • Work together when foraging, with one acting as a sentry to alert the others of a potential predator.
  • It has recently been noted that meerkat calls may carry specific meanings, with specific calls indicating the approach of snakes, birds of prey, or other predators.
  • Burrows are complex and may have up to 90 entrances and different levels.
  • The dark patches around their eyes help protect the animal’s vision in harsh sunlight.
  • Their ears fold back to keep out dirt as they tunnel.

Kinkajou

  • Kinkajous are sometimes called honey bears because they raid bees’ nests. They use their long, skinny tongues to slurp honey from a hive, and also to remove insects like termites from their nests.
  • Have a 5 inch tongue that allows them to extrude nectar from flowers, which sometimes acts as a pollinator.
  • Has a short haired, fully prehensile tail which it uses as a fifth hand in climbing.
  • The kinkajou is a member of the Procyonidae genus, which makes it a relative of the raccoon (NOT primates). Also, like the raccoon, the kinkajou has a high level of dexterity.
    They are able to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction along branches or up and down trunks.
  • Have known to be kept as pets, however this is NOT recommended. Kinkajous have a painful bite and can be very destructive to a home in the middle of the night, when they are most active.

 

Llama

  • Widely used as a pack animal by the Incas and other natives of the Andes mountains.
  • There are over 100,000 llamas.

Chinchilla

  • Predators include cougars, mountain lions and especially humans.
  • Defense is to run away or bite when cornered.
  • Over 100 chinchilla pelts are needed for one fur coat.
  • A chinchilla can jump 6 ft, straight into the air.

 

Gerenuk

  • Gerenuks have a complex mating ritual:  When a male encounters a potential mate the female will raise her nose into the air and pull her ears close to the head as a sign of defensiveness, meanwhile the male displays his horns and neck in a sideways pose. If the female is receptive then the male will mark the female on the thigh with the contents of his preorbital gland and continue to follow her around, a form of mate guarding. As the male follows the female he continually uses his forelegs to kick the female in her thigh region. When the female attempts to urinate the male performs the flehmen test or lip curl test in which he samples her urine. Once the female comes into estrous the male will notice the difference in the females’ urine and mating will begin. Males will attempt to mate with as many females as they can.
  • Gerenuk contribute to nutrient cycling in the ecosystems in which they live through their foraging activity
  • Gerenuks have pre-orbital glands in front of the eyes that emit a tar-like, scent-bearing substance they deposit on twigs and bushes to mark their territory. They also have scent glands on their knees that are covered by tufts of hair and between their split hooves.

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

  • They sit on their haunches, shake their spines, and emit both deep growls and high-pitched cries.
  • Their quills are short and barbed and provide this slow moving animal with an impressive defense. They cannot throw their quills (no porcupine can) but the quills detach easily when touched and embed themselves in the skin of an enemy. Their defenses are so formidable that porcupines can have the luxury of a long lifespan and slow reproductive rate unlike many other rodents.
  • Porcupines are rodents which means they have teeth that grow for a long time
  • To defend itself against predators, it curls into a ball. When excited, it stamps its feet.

Domestic Rabbit

  • The domestic rabbit’s niche is to provide food for many large animals. Without them a lot of larger animals would be without food and die.
  • Rabbits are an animal that sometimes ingest their feces for a second time to get the most nourishment from their food.
  • Have 6 teeth-2 upper and 2 lower and 2 smaller pulp teeth behind the upper incisors.
  • Breeds of domestic rabbits have developed since the 18th century.
  • Practice pseudorumination-which refers to production of 2 kinds of fecal matter. One is hard and one is soft. The soft matter is consumed. Allows them to further digest the nutrients.

Norway Rat

  • Rats have poor eyesight beyond three or four feet, relying more on their hearing and their excellent senses of smell, taste and touch. Norway rats are very sensitive to motion up to 30-50 feet away. They are considered essentially colorblind.
  • Norway rats use hearing to locate objects to within a few inches. This highly developed sense (combined with their touch sensitivity) can pinpoint someone rolling over in bed to a six inch area. The frequency range of their hearing (50 kilohertz or more) is much higher than that of humans (about 20 kilohertz.)
  • Norway rats have a highly developed sense of touch due to very sensitive body hairs and whiskers which they use to explore their environment. Much of a rodent’s movement in a familiar area relies heavily on the senses of touch and smell to direct it through time-tested movements learned by exploration and knowledge of its home range. Rodents prefer a stationary object on at least one side of them as they travel and thus commonly move along walls, a fact which is very useful when designing a control program.
  • Unintentionally introduced to North America by settlers who arrived on ships from Europe. First introduced into the United States about 1775, this rat has now spread throughout the contiguous 48 states.

Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

  • they mark their territory with a scent
  • they are born soft and leathery, it takes a few weeks for them to develop their hard shell
  • they can smell a worm that is 8 inches underground
  • when threatened they will curl into a ball which protects them from most
  • predators, except large ones like jaguars that can crack their shell
  • they are the only type of armadillo that can completely enclose themselves by rolling into a ball
  • they are classified as a toothless mammal but they have small primitive teeth at the sides of their jaws.
  • The head plates are unique to each armadillo, like human fingerprints.
  • Has a hard time maintaining body temperature so must be in warmer habitats.
  • Hard shell is called a carapace and is made of bone and tough skin.

Black-Handed Spider Monkey

  • The prehensile tail is very strong and has a palm-like pad at the end. The pad acts like a palm. This bare sensory area allows it to grip and the skin on that area is like a fingerprint unique to each monkey.
  • A study performed in 2007 concluded that spider monkeys were the third most intelligent non-human primate.
  • Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey sometimes rubs a mixture of saliva and ground lime tree Citrus aurantifolia leaves on their fur. This is believed to act as an insect repellent.
  • Many animals benefit from fruit dropped by these primates.
  • Are almost completely arboreal.
  • Females have a more active leading role than males.
  • Their arms are longer than their legs.

Red-Necked Wallaby

  • Baby is called a Joey
  • They are marsupials so they have a pouch
  • Are so abundant that some consider them pests
  • It is one of the largest wallabies and can be easily mistaken for a kangaroo.
  • Use their tails as props when they stand on their hind feet and also when they kick with hind feet. They use it for balance when hopping.
  • Lick their wrists to cool off during hot weather (blood vessels close to surface)
  • A male is called a buck and a female a doe.
  • They have 5 clawed fingers, 3 toes: one toe is actually 2 in 1 and has 2 nails that are used like tweezers for grooming.

 

Colobus Monkey

  • The Colobus Monkey’s bushy tail often exceeds the length of their body.
  • Colobus monkey’s rarely ever leave the trees and come down to the ground. They are the most arboreal of all African monkeys.
  • The white fur on the monkey’s sides not only confuses predators, but it also slows the monkey’s descent as it jumps for tree branch to tree branch.
  • The female colobus monkey with smack her tongue to attract the male and initiate mating.
  • Colobus monkeys have no thumbs.
  • They can leap down 15-20 feet, using their long shoulder hair like a parachute to slow their descent.
  • Pouched stomach adapted to leaf digestion. There are 4 different regions. They always have a belly full of food in the process of being digested.
  • The stomach of a colobus is huge, holding a volume equal to that of a ¼ of an adult’s weight.

Greater Spear-Nosed Bat

  • Important pollinator and seed-disperser of certain tropical trees.
  • The world’s only true flying mammal.
  • Have reasonably good eyesight, but they use echolocation to navigate. They emit high frequency clicking sounds up to 200/second. The sound waves strike objects in their way and an echo is returned to the bat. This allows them to judge distances between itself and objects.

Alligator Snapping Turtle

  • Alligator Snapping Turtles have a worm shaped “lure” attached to the top of their tongue that is used to attract their prey.  The turtle will lay with its mouth open, flick the lure, and when a fish or frog comes to grab the lure, the turtle will snap its mouth shut.
  • Sedentary animals that spend most of the time underwater, and only surfacing every 40 to 50 minutes for air.
  • Adult snappers have no natural predators other than humans, who capture them for their meat and shells, and to sell in the exotic animal trade. A severe reduction in population due to unregulated harvesting and habitat loss has led states to protect them throughout most of their range, and they are listed as a threatened species.
  • The prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and among the largest in the world.
  • Often referred to as the “dinosaur of the turtle world.”
  • Peoria Zoo is currently working with the Department of Natural Resources to breed Alligator Snapping Turtles and return them to the wild.

Boa Constrictor

  • a common boa lies in wait for its prey and will first seize it with its teeth to prevent the prey from escaping, it then wraps around the prey and suffocates it
  • they swallow their prey whole and head first
  • they are cold-blooded and do not eat for several days at a time
  • they are good swimmers
  • man is the only predators of adult boa constrictors
  • when threatened boas will hiss so loudly they can be heard 100 feet away
  • boa constrictors can commonly squeeze into small places to get their prey, the problem is they become too wide after eating to get back out

Aldabra Tortoise

 

  • Reintroduction programs exist to rebuild the population
  • Among some of the longest lived animals on the planet
  • Oldest tortoise was 170 years old

Galapagos Tortoise

  • Temperature plays a role in sex determination of young
  • Up to 250,000 tortoises inhabited the islands when they were discovered. Today only about 15,000 are left.
  • Very vocal creatures making grunts and whistles during the day

Prehensile-Tailed Skink

  • Unlike other skinks these animals are arboreal, spending little time on the ground.
  • Prehensile-tailed skinks are usually found in the oldest trees in the primary forest.
  • They lack the ability to drop their tails when attacked.
  • Disruptive color patterns and slow movements help the skink go unnoticed.

Pancake Tortoise

  • The pancake tortoise has such a flexible shell that it moves in and out as the animal breaths.
  • Can move quickly for a tortoise and is able to hide in rock crevices to escape predators.
  • Once hidden in a crevice the pancake tortoise uses its spiky legs to lock itself in place.
  • Males have longer and thicker tails than females

Spotted Python

  • they kill their prey by constriction
  • they are often found around human dwellings and are normally tolerated because they eat mice and rats
  • Forked tongue allows them to smell more precisely, smelling air particles on either the right or left fork of the tongue
  • Pits around their mouth act as heat sensors, helping them locate warm blooded prey
  • Use counter shading to help camouflage (dark on the top and light on the bottom)
  • Our spotted pythons get offered mice once a week
  • A snake in the wild, if they get a big enough meal, can go for up to a year without eating

Chinese Alligator

  • 1 of only 2 alligator species
  • Only 130 left in the wild
  • During cold, dry months, Chinese alligators brumate (similar to hibernate but with periods of waking)
  • In 2003, the first captive born Chinese Alligators were released into their native range.

Blue-tongued Skink

  • the blue-tongued skinks are broken into two types the northern and eastern, there are some variations between the two types with the northern usually being larger in size and a darker brown color than the eastern
  • because they are slow moving they eat animals which are also slow moving
  • their jaws are strong enough to crush snails and beetles
  • they are normally shy and docile but will stand their ground when threatened by puffing up their body and thrusting out their blue tongue while emitting a              loud hiss
  • they have no teeth but can deliver a powerful and painful bite  if grabbed from behind it will shed its tail (which will regenerate)
  • they shed their skin in pieces unlike snakes that shed all at the same time they ingest small stones to help digest their food they provide a good demonstration of the transition from legless lizards to lizards with four legs.
  • They are the largest member of the skink family.

Eastern Box Turtle

  • if conditions remain constant they may spend their entire life in an area scarcely larger than a football field
  • their hinge allows them to tightly close their two shells
  • males usually have red eyes and females have yellowish-brown eyes
  • box turtles can eat mushrooms which are poisonous to man, there have been cases of people dying from eating a turtle that has just ingested those poisonous mushrooms
  • female box turtles have the ability to store sperm and can produce fertile eggs several years after a single mating
  • most common terrestrial turtle in the United States

 

Dumeril’s Ground Boa

  • The name for Dumeril’s boa in Malagash, the native language of Madagascar, is “do,” pronounced like “dough!”
  • Dumeril’s boas have been kept by some local peoples to help control rodents. In other areas they are greatly feared and killed whenever possible, even though they are not dangerous to humans!

Mexican Beaded Lizard

  • Paired salivary glands produce venom injected through a groove in the teeth that paralyzes prey.
  • Must chew their victim in order to inject poison.
  • The tail is used to store energy for times when food is scarce.
  • Long claws for digging.
  • One of only 2 venomous lizards in the world.

Green Tree Python

  • they loop a coil or two over the branches in a saddle position and place their head in the middle
  • hatchlings can change color rapidly
  • can notice slight temperature changes

New Caledonian Giant Gecko

  • Many of the locals in New Caledonia call this gecko “the devil in the trees” because of the growling noises it makes.
  • At 17 inches total length, it is one of the largest geckos in the world, if not the largest, and is considered an example of island gigantism.
  • Currently being evaluated for protected status.
  • Males usually stay on the lower trunk and branches of the tree. Females generally remain in the higher forest canopy.

Burmese Python

  • Excellent swimmer
  • Good climbers with prehensile tails
  • -Can be albino
  • A Burmese Python at Serpent Safari Park in Gurnee, Illinois, USA holds the record for heaviest living snake in captivity. As of 2005, it weighs 403 lb at a length of 27 ft.
  • Considered a primitive snake having two functional lungs and vestigial (left over) hind limbs.  These limbs look like spurs on either side of the cloaca.
  • Can swallow 4-5 times as wide as their head.
  • Can go for months wihtout eating.

Red-Footed Tortoise

  • A red-footed tortoise can live for around 50 years!
  • There is a smaller phenotype commonly called the ‘Cherry head’

Reticulated Gila Monster

  • With very few natural predators, they may spend up to 98 percent of their lives in or at the mouth of a burrow.
  • Gila monsters enjoy a mixed reputation with Native Americans. While the Tohono O’Odham and the Pima believed that the lizard possessed a spiritual power capable of causing sickness and the Apache believed that its very breath could bring death, the Seri and Yaquai believed in the healing powers of the lizard’s hide.
  • A component of Gila monster venom called exendin-4 was recently investigated for its in treating type-2 diabetes. This peptide stimulates the secretion of insulin in the presence of elevated blood glucose levels. It also has the effect of slowing gastric emptying. Phase I clinical studies have recently begun with this exciting experimental drug.

Standings Day Gecko

  • The Standings Day Gecko is the largest type of Day Gecko and one of the largest geckos of Madagascar.
  • They can live in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

California King Snake

  • has bad eye sight due to positioning of eyes on sides of head.  But does have good close-up vision.         
  • It was once thought that these snakes were immune to venom.  They are not but have a tolerance for it.
  • Kingsnake’s jaws are hinged and allow them to swallow prey larger than their head. 
  • They have a tolerance for rattlesnake venom, unless a large dose is injected into the head or heart of the kingsnake, death may occur.
  • Has a spine consisting of 100-400 vertebrates and each is attached to a pair of separate thin ribs.  This allows them to climb and move in an S shape. 
  • The King snake can hear low frequency sounds and feel vibrations.  This enables them to sense approaching animals before they reach the area where the snake is. 
  • The Jacobson’s organ and the snake’s fork shaped tongue allow the snake to smell its environment.

Spotted Turtle

  • In the evening the spotted turtles submerge and spend the night on the pond bottom.
  • When water temps cool to 32 degrees F, they will enter hibernation in Muskrat burrows or hangs out on the bottom of pools with flowing water.
  • Has the ability to breathe through the skin when underwater.
  • Sex of hatchlings is dependent on incubation temperatures with mostly females at the higher temperatures.

Spur-Thighed Tortoise

  • Spurs serve to help with digging and to help anchor themselves into the ground for protection.
  • Can live up to 100 years.
  • Tortoises are important to the desert because their burrows provide shelter for other animals.
  • Sex is determined by temperature within the nest.

Firehead Tetra

–          Often confused with two similar species sold in pet shops, the “true” rummy-nose, (Hemigrammus rhodostomus), and the ‘false’ rummy-nose, (Petitella georgiae). In healthy fish, only the Firehead Tetra will have red coloration extending past the gill covers. Many different coloration varieties are artificially selected and sold in pet shops

–          The intensity of the red coloration is an indicator of the overall health of the fish.

Neon Day Gecko

  • They prefer yellow bamboo canes because they camouflage better
  • They have a fixed plate covering their eyes which they clean with their tongue
  • Sexes can be easily distinguished by the orange color around the femoral pores of the males

Asian Forest Scorpion

  • They do not see well and depend on touch, using the stiff hairs on their pincers and pectines, a pair of comb-like structures underneath the last two legs.
  • Scorpion venom is a neurotoxin used to paralyze prey.

Burrowing Owl

  • Nests underground, they will dig their own burrows or take over a burrow made by another animal.
  • Burrowing owls line their burrow with mammal dung to attract insects and maintain burrow temperature.
  • Owlets in the nest have the ability to mimic rattlesnakes in order to scare away predators.

Western Hognose Snake

  • When threatened a Western Hognose Snake flattens out the skin behind its head to give it a hooded appearance. Next, it inflates its body by taking in a deep breath and releases a hissing sound when pushing the air out. The snake may attempt a closed mouth strike at the predator and then act like it is dying by making convulsion-like motions and flopping around. They will stick out their tongue and flip on their backs until the threat has passed. When it is clear the predator is gone, the snake will quickly slither away.
  • Injects venom into its prey to subdue it but the venom is not dangerous to humans.

Oriental Fire Bellied Toad

  • When threatened by predators, it will exhibit the “unken reflex” by arching its back and limbs to expose the bright belly and may even turn over on its back. Their skin toxins are distasteful to other animals and predators.

American Bullfrog

  • Known for its “jug-a-rum, jug-a-rum” sound that can be heard from half a mile away.
  • Sit and wait for prey to pass by, then jump toward it with its mouth wide open.
  • Predators include raccoons, snakes, turtles and birds of prey.
  • Males are highly territorial and aggressive toward intruders.

Leopard Gecko

  • They lack adhesive lamella and have tiny claws instead, which gives them an advantage in sandy environments.
  • Leopard geckos’ tails are used as an emergency fat and water supply. When confronted by a predator or if attacked, the leopard gecko will drop their tail to give them enough of a distraction to escape. The leopard gecko’s tail will eventually grow back.
  • They have exceptionally good eyesight and hearing, allowing them to escape from predators and to catch their food easily. They also hiss/bark and can shed their skin to remove any scent markers left behind to ward off predators.
  • They shed regularly and eat their shed for nutritional benefit.
  • They are born “potty trained” and use the same spot in their enclosure for their restroom.

Four-toed Hedgehog

  • There are 16 species of hedgehogs.
  • Hedgehogs are fairly vocal and communicate in a series of grunts and snuffles.
  • A defense that all species of hedgehogs possess is the ability to roll into a tight ball, causing all of the spines to point outwards.
  • Are a powerful form of pest control.

Horse

  • There are over 300 breeds of horses in the world today, developed for many different uses.
  • Albanisim in horses appears to be linked to lethal traits and albino foals do not survive. If you see white horses, they will have colored eyes (not true albanism).
  • Przewalski’s horse is considered extinct in the wild by some.

Ed-Zoo-Cational Program

These 30-45 minute programs enhance any visit to the Zoo. With many topics to choose from, give your group a chance to meet some animals up close!

Reservations should be made two weeks in advance.

Early Bird Tour

Experience a tour of the entire Zoo with the Director of the Zoo, Yvonne Strode or one of her Curator staff. Enjoy the Zoo before anyone else is here; learn about the history of the Zoo and its animals as well as being able to watch animals start their day.

Zoomobile

Bring the zoo to you, with just a phone call our animal ambassadors can visit your school or facility. Using biofacts, activities and up-close animal encounters we bring the outside world inside to you. Choose from a variety of programs, designed for all age groups to help fulfill State Standards.

Costs start at $150.00 for Peoria residents and $200.00 for non-residents. Prices are adjusted for travel outside of Peoria and number of participants.

 

Zoo Adventure Combo

Our Ed-Zoo-Cational Combo includes a 45 minute class on a topic  of your choice with live animals, as well as a personal guide through the Zoo to tell you about the animals and answer your questions.  This program lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Reservations should be made two weeks in advance.

Zoo Snooze

Ever had a giraffe peaking in your bedroom window? You can now when you spend the night at the Zoo! Get a chance to sleep in Africa!, enjoy nocturnal tours, meet some animals up close and find out what the Zoo is like at night. Your group’s adventure begins at 7:00pm and ends the next morning at 9:00am. Snack and breakfast provided as well as admission into the Zoo the next day! This program is great for scouts, church groups and so many others!

Keeper for a Day

Have a love of animals? Have you ever dreamed of being a keeper? Come out and experience it firsthand! You will start the day with a keeper in your preferred area and help them take care of the animals throughout the morning.

Dates must be mutually agreed upon, only 1 person per day. Keepers for a day receive a picture & certificate to remember their experience.

Choose from the following 2 areas:

Reptiles (snakes and turtles) or Large Hoofstock (rhinos and giraffes)

Adult Lecture Series – Animal Care at Peoria Zoo

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Family Lecture Series – Mobs, Pods and Prides

Bring your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and kids of all ages to learn about animal families while spending time with your own! We will explore different animal family dynamics through activities, crafts, and games. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend both classes in the series; the classes are offered on February 14-Mobs, Pods, and Prides (Mammal Families) and April 11-Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders (Bird Families).

Zoo TOTS Q is for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Zoo TOTS R is for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Breakfast with the…Aussie Animals

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Aussie breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th.

KEEPER CHAT- Primate Feeding

Daily presentation featuring the primate PM feeding at the primate exhibits in the Tropics building. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

trading_card_rhinoAfter attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your Peoria Zoo Animal Collector’s Card. Collect them all and “connect” the cards to see the mystery photo on the back.

Father’s and Floats

Join us at the Zoo for a special Father’s day treat. We’ll have ice cream floats, animal encounters and scheduled talks throughout the Zoo.

Home School-Animal Kids

Growing up is hard!

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Parents are welcome but not required.

Home School classes are running August 13, September 10, November 12, and December 10.

Zoo TOTS- T is for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

This class is offered Saturday, September 13 and Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 am.

Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove Ribbon Cutting

Peoria Zoological Society, along with Peoria Park District and the Junior League of Peoria, invite you to the ribbon cutting of Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Experience the ecosystem among the great oak trees in Glen Oak Park!  A living extension of Peoria Zoo and the planned Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove will provide hands-on, interactive opportunities for children to experience habitats and environments of local animals.  Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove is the culmination of support for the Power of Play Campaign received from The Rotary Club of Peoria and an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant made to Peoria Zoo.

Zoo TOTS U & V are for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

This class is offered Saturday, October 4 and Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 am.

Zoo TOTS- W & X are for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

This class is offered Saturday, November 8 and Thursday November 20 at 10:00 am.

 

Home School-Poopology

Smells not included!

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Parents are welcome but not required.

Home School classes are running August 13, September 10, November 12, and December 10.

Home School-Remarkable Reptiles

“Cold blooded and Cool”

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Parents are welcome but not required.

Home School classes are running August 13, September 10, November 12, and December 10.

Zoo TOTS- Y & Z are for …….

Explore the alphabet at the Zoo- join us answer look at the animal world from A to Z. Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

This class is offered Saturday, December 13 and Thursday December 18 at 10:00 am.

Zoo TOTS- North America

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, January 10 and Thursday, January 15 at 10:00 am.

Adult Lecture Series – History of Peoria Zoo

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Zoo TOTS- South America

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, February 7 and Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 am.

Year of the Monkey

Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy a light breakfast as we learn about these amazing animals, create sheep related crafts and even get a chance to meet some other Chinese Zodiac animals up close! Registration is required.

Adult Lecture Series – Peoria Zoo Conservation

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Zoo TOTS- Europe

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, March 7 and Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 am.

Home School (Formal) -If I Ran the Zoo!

If I ran the Zoo!

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running January 14, February 11, March 11, and April 8.

Family Lecture Series – Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders

Bring your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and kids of all ages to learn about animal families while spending time with your own! We will explore different animal family dynamics through activities, crafts, and games. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend both classes in the series; the classes are offered on February 14-Mobs, Pods, and Prides (Mammal Families) and April 11-Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders (Bird Families).

Zoo TOTS- Asia

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, April 11 and Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 am.

Adult Lecture Series – Animal Families

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Endangered Species Day

Peoria Zoo joins many zoos around the world in celebrating ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY.
ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY commemorates the 41st anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.  Established in 1973, the Endangered Species Act serves the purpose of studying, listing, and protecting endangered species.  According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service there are 1,160 ENDANGERED animal and plant species and there are 327 animal and plant species listed as THREATENED.

On May 15th the endangered species housed at Peoria Zoo will not be viewable and for the many species that are listed as vulnerable will be designated with caution tape.  We hope this symbolic loss of these species will have a profound impact on our visitors and inspire every day actions we can all take to help protect endangered species.

 

Breakfast with the…Takin

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Takin breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th.

KEEPER CHAT- Tigers

Daily presentation featuring the tigers located on the Asian Trail. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The Tiger chats run every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. After attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your Peoria Zoo Animal Collector’s Card. Collect them all!

KEEPER CHAT- Up Close Animal Presentation

Daily presentation featuring Animal Ambassadors from our Education Department down at the Program Stage. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

trading_card_rhinoAfter attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your Peoria Zoo Animal Collector’s Card. Collect them all and “connect” the cards to see the mystery photo on the back.

KEEPER CHAT- Zebra

Daily presentation featuring the zebras located in Africa!. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The Zebra chats run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.After attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your Peoria Zoo Animal Collector’s Card. Collect them all!

VOLUNTEER CHAT- Stage Presentation

Daily presentation featuring zoo volunteer down at the Program Stage. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

Daily presentation featuring zoo volunteer down at the Program Stage. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. After attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your Peoria Zoo Animal Collector’s Card. Collect them all!

Zoo TOTS- Africa

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, August 8 and Thursday, August 16 at 10:00 am.

Home School (Informal) -Lemurs

The SCIENCE behind Lemurs.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running August 25, September 29, November 24 and December 15.

Zoo TOTS- Australia

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, September 12 and Thursday, September 17 at 10:00 am.

Breakfast with the…Zebras

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Takin breakfast is offered on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th.

Home School (Informal) -“Get Dirty Get Outside”

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running September 29, October 27, November 24, and December 15.

Zoo TOTS- Antarctica

Join us as we learn about habitats and travel the globe.  Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, October 3 and Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am.

Spooky Creatures & Scary Plants

Instructors: Zoo & Botanical Garden Staff

Within nature, there are many spooky creatures and seriously dangerous, even frightening, plants. In the spirit of Howl-Zoo-Ween and the Chrysanthemum Show “The Nightmare before Christmas”, we will explore sensationally spooky creatures and beautiful but dangerous plants. The class will be held at the new Tropics classroom at the Zoo (use the old Zoo entrance).  Halloween fun for the whole family! Spooky snacks will be served!

Home School (Informal) – Creatures of the Night

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running September 29, October 27, November 24, and December 15.

Zoo TOTS- “How the Zebra got its Stripes”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, November 14 and Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 am.

Home School (Formal) -Can you Hear Me Now?

Can you Hear me Know? (Animal Communication)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Zoo TOTS- “Caps for Sale”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday, December 12 and Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 am.

Home School (Formal) -Oceans

Ocean Science

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running December 9, January 13, February 10, and March 9.

Home School (Informal) – Animal Resolutions

Animal Resolutions

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running December 15, January 26, February 23 and March 22.

Home School (Formal) -Animal Valentines

Animal Valentines

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running December 9, January 13, February 10, and March 9.

Home School (Informal) – Polar Bears

Polar Bears

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running December 15, January 26, February 23 and March 22.

Home School (Formal) -Walk on the WILD Side

Walk on the WILD Side (Native Animals)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running December 9, January 13, February 10, and March 9.

Home School (Informal) – Butterflies

Butterflies

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running December 15, January 26, February 23 and March 22.

Home School (Formal) -It’s Easy Being Green

It’s Easy Being Green (Earth Day Celebration)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running December 9, January 13, February 10, March 9, and April 6.

Trivia Night at the Zoo

Come show off your trivia knowledge and support Peoria Zoo!

Join us for a wild trivia filled night at the inaugural Trivia Night at Peoria Zoo! Contest will feature ten rounds of ten questions on a variety of topics (animal trivia will be limited to two rounds). Snacks will be provided but you are welcomed to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food and non-alcoholic drink too!) Cash bar available (No outside alcohol allowed.)

Trivia Night at Peoria Zoo (21+ Only)

Prizes for the TOP 3 TABLES! Table Theme: Zoo! (Best decorated table wins a prize!)

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Spring has Sprung

Discover the many signs in the plant and animal worlds that Spring is just around the corner.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.

 

Family Zoo Snooze

Ever wondered what’s going on at Peoria Zoo at night?  Find out when you spend the night at the Zoo! Enjoy nocturnal tours, meet some animals up close and find out what the Zoo is like at night. Your group’s adventure begins at 7:00pm and ends the next morning at 9:00am. Snack and breakfast provided as well as admission into the Zoo the next day!

This event runs April 22nd from 7:00pm until April 23 at 9:00am.

Zoo After Dark

Interested in what goes on after the lights go out at the Zoo? Join us for this special tour as we talk about night houses, nocturnal animals and even meet some animals up close! Bring your family or bring a whole group, registration is required.

This class is offered April 29, 7:00-9:00pm.

Mother’s Day Tea at the Zoo

Join us in the lodge for a special Mother’s day treat. We will have tea and light snacks along with crafts for the kids, and animal encounters.

Registration is required. Mother’s Day Tea is offered on May 8 2:00-3:30 pm.

KEEPER CHAT-Natural Play Area

Daily Presentation featuring Ambassadors from our Education Department down at the Natural Play Area. Natural Play Area Chats run every day at 1:30. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  After attending the presentation; don’t forget to grab your special “Get Dirty, Get Outside” jelly bracelet (while supplies last).

 

KEEPER CHAT-Alligator

Daily Presentation featuring the Chinese alligator or reptiles located in the Conservation Center. Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
The Conservation Center chats run every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Primate Day

Spider Monkeys, Mandrills, and YOU are just some of the primates we will discover through scavenger hunts, games, and much more!

Olympics Day

Come kick off Summer Olympics 2016 at Peoria Zoo!   Help us explore and celebrate amazing animals with athletic-type adaptations!

Regular zoo admission applies.

Bird Day

Join us to celebrate our fine feathered friends through games, activities, and up close animal encounters. Learn about the birds who call Peoria Zoo home as well as those found in your very own backyard!

Home School (Formal) -Animal ESP

The SCIENCE behind Animal ESP (Animal Amazing Senses).

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running August 10 and September 14.

There was a misprint in the June “Zootales” Newsletter, we apologize for any confusion.

Zoo TOTS- “Mister Seahorse”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday August 13th  or  Thursday, August 18th   at 10:00 am.

LATE NIGHT

We are excited to offer our second LATE NIGHT! On August 19th the zoo is staying open late until 7:00 pm.  Regular zoo admission applies.

 

 

T-Shirt Day

Support the Zoo and the food bank too! Bring in 3 non-perishable food items and receive a free t-shirt from the Zoo (limit 1 shirt per person). Admission into the Zoo is required.
T-shirts available while supplies last!

Home School (Informal) -Down on the Farm

Animals DOWN of the FARM.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running August 30, and September 27.

There was a misprint in the June “Zootales” Newsletter, we apologize for any confusion.

Grandparents Day at the Zoo

Bring your Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, or Papa out to the Zoo. Spend time learning all about the importance of families in the animal world while spending time with your own family!

Home School (Formal) -Dinner or Diner

Dinner or Diner (Food Chain).

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running August 10 and September 14.

There was a misprint in the June “Zootales” Newsletter, we apologize for any confusion.

Zoo TOTS- “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday September 10th  or  Thursday, September 15th   at 10:00 am.

Home School (Informal) -Giraffes

The Science behind Giraffes.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running August 30, and September 27.

There was a misprint in the June “Zootales” Newsletter, we apologize for any confusion.

Zoo TOTS- “Ten Little Ducks”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Saturday October 15th  or  Thursday, October 20th at 10:00 am.

Home School (Informal) – Animals that go Bump in the Night

Animals that go Bump in the Night.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running October 25th , November 22nd and December 20th

 

Breakfast with the…Spooky Animals

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Spooky Animal breakfast is offered on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th.

Home School (Formal) -Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running November 9th and December 7th.

 

Home School (Informal) – Domesticated vs WILD

Domesticated vs. WILD

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running October 25th , November 22nd and December 20th

 

Home School (Informal) – Rainforests

Rainforests

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running October 25th , November 22nd and December 20th

 

Home School (Formal) -Inspired by Animals

Home School (Formal) Inspired by Animals

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running Feb 8th, Mar 8th, April 5th.

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Defenses

Home School (Zoo and Garden)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.
Zoo / Garden Home School Classes are offered on Feb 23rd, Mar 23rd, and Apr 27th.

 

Home School (Informal) – Pachyderms

  1. Home School (Informal)- Pachyderms 

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running Feb 28th, Mar 28th, Apr 25th.

Home School (Formal) – Where do I Belong?

Home School (Formal) Where Do I Belong (animal classification)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running Feb 8th, Mar 8th, April 5th.

Remarkable Reptiles

From snakes to turtles, do not miss your chance to find out more about the fascinating world of reptiles. We will have animal encounters and talks throughout the event as well as a snake feeding at 1:00pm.

When: March 18 11:00-2:00

Regular zoo admission applies

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Pollinators

Home School (Zoo and Garden)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.
Zoo / Garden Home School Classes are offered on Feb 23rd, Mar 23rd, and Apr 27th.

 

Home School (Informal) – Who Left That?

  1. Home School (Informal)- Who Left That? (animal tracks, sheds, & more) 

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running Feb 28th, Mar 28th, Apr 25th.

Home School (Formal) -Lakes, Ponds and Streams

Home School (Formal) Lakes, Ponds and Streams

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running Feb 8th, Mar 8th, April 5th.

Home School (Informal) – Around the World in 90 minutes.

  1. Home School (Informal)- Around the World in 90 minutes

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running Feb 28th, Mar 28th, Apr 25th.

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Water

Home School (Zoo and Garden)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.
Zoo / Garden Home School Classes are offered on Feb 23rd, Mar 23rd, and Apr 27th.

 

Breakfast with the…Red River Hogs

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Red River Hog and Colobus monkey breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th.

Bowling for Rhinos

Come bowl with us at Landmark Bowling Alley. 3225 N. Dries Lane Peoria.

Silent auction, prizes and a ton of fun.

100% of money raised will be donated to national parks in Africa and India which protect rhinos and other threatened species.

Hosted by the Heart of Illinois American Association of Zookeepers, for more information checkout their HOI AAZK Facebook Page .

Breakfast with the…Tigers

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Tiger breakfast is offered on Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th.

Lego Day

When it comes to Legos, everyone is a child at heart! Bring you favorite Lego master to the Zoo to build, play, and grow their love of Legos with a zoo spin of course!

Home School (Formal) -So You Want To Work at the Zoo

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running August 9th, and September 13th.

Zoo TOTS- “Click, Clack, Moo”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Thursday, Aug 17th at 10:00 am.

Multicultural Day

Come and celebrate our World! This day is a celebration of cultures and the people who make our world special! Explore different cultures from around the world and even the role animals play in their lives! 

Home School (Informal) – Down Under in Australia

  1. Down Under in Australia

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running April 28 August 29th and September 26th .

Breakfast with the…Monkeys

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Monkey breakfast is offered on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.

Home School (Formal) -Animal Architects

Animal Architects

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running August 9th, and September 13th.

Zoo TOTS- “Bear Snores On”

Through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and beloved children’s books, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals.

Registration is required.

This class is offered Thursday, Sept 21 at 10:00 am.

Home School (Informal) – Primates of the World

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal) -Fascinating Birds

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Luthy’s Garden Christmas Party

Get into the Christmas spirit by coming to Luthy Botanical Gardens.

Enjoy a tropical collection which blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland, music, door prizes, The Hall of Christmas trees, s’more making, a lighted fairy garden and more.

The Garden Christmas Party will take place on four separate nights: Dec 8, Dec 9, Dec 15 and Dec 16.

Home School (Formal) -Eye See You

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – Why Animal Why? (Behaviors and Adaptations)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Year of the Dog

Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Dog. Enjoy a light snack as we learn about these amazing animals, create a craft and even get a chance to meet some other Chinese Zodiac animals up close.
Registration is required.

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Winter Plant Adaptations

Home School (Zoo and Garden)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.
Zoo / Garden Home School Classes are offered on Feb 22nd and Mar 22nd.

 

Home School (Informal) – Animal Olympics

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Breakfast with the…Reptiles

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Reptile breakfast is offered on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th.

Home School (Formal) – The Nose Knows?

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Zoo and Garden) -Plant Parents

Home School (Zoo and Garden)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Classes is co-taught by Luthy Botanical Garden and Peoria Zoo Education Staffs.
Zoo / Garden Home School Classes are offered on Feb 22nd and Mar 22nd.

 

Home School (Informal) – The Odor of it All

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal) – Earth Day

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – Pollinators

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Star Wars Day

Calling all Jedis, Wookies, and Rebels out to the Zoo for a day dedicated just to YOU! Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt!

 

Home School (Formal) – Animal Tongues

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – The Deep Ocean

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal) – What’s for Lunch? (food chains)

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – Grasslands

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Informal) – Grossology

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

National Author’s Day

Two-for-One Day at the Peoria PlayHouse and Peoria Zoo!

Discover amazing books about animals and more at the Zoo AND PlayHouse.  Buy admission at one facility on November 1 and get same-day admission to the other for free.

 

Home School (Informal) – Deserts

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal) – Animal Kids

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – The Tundra

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $6/member, $12/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal) – Reptiles

What’s going on at the Zoo?

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running November 9th and December 7th.

 

Home School (Informal) – Animals in Art

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running Jan 29, Feb  26, Mar 26, Apr 30.

Romance at the Zoo

Join us as we look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom. From videos to meeting animals up close, this will give you a whole new perspective on relationships!

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Home School (Formal) -Mammals

 

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10.

Home School (Informal) -Animals in Literature

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running January 29, February 26, March 26, and April 30.

Home School (Formal) – Birds

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

Formal Home School classes are running Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10.

2-for-1 Day at the Zoo and PlayHouse

Learn about butterflies and spiders at both Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum!
Purchase admission to one facility and receive FREE admission to the other facility on the same day.

VALID Thursday, 14 March 2019 ONLY!

Home School (Informal) -Mythbusters

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running January 29, February 26, March 26, and April 30.

Home School (Formal) -Zooperhero Invertebrates

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member. Formal Home School classes are running January 9, February 13, March 13, and April 10.

Home School (Informal) – BEEP! BEEP!

Animal Enrichment

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome at a cost of $7/member, $14/non-member.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Informal Home School classes are running Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar 26 and Apr 30

Breakfast with the…Lions

BREAKFAST with the LIONS

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

ZooFest

Kick off summer right by joining the Zoo in our annual ZOOFEST celebration. We’ll have bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more!

ASK A KEEPER-Colobus/Hogs (Mixed Species Exhibits)

Attend a presentation highlighting the benefits and challenges of exhibiting multiple species in one exhibit.  Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Presentations will be held in front of the Red river hog / Colobus monkey exhibit located in Africa!
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER-Rhinos (Training)

Visitors will have an opportunity to watch our rhino keepers engage with one of our rhinos.  Learn why rhino training is an important part of daily rhino care. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Public viewing of this presentation will be from the “Rhino Overlook” located on the boardwalk in Africa!
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

World Oceans Day

Our Oceans, Our Future! Come out to the Zoo as to learn how important the ocean and waterways are to our future and what we can do to help!

Breakfast with the…Rhinos

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

Princess and Pirates Event

Come explore the Zoo dressed in your royal outfit or your buccaneer best as we explore the world of princesses and pirates! Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and so much more!

Regular zoo admission applies.

Home School Mini Camp

MINI-CAMP for Homeschoolers
No need to take the summer off from Peoria Zoo Homeschool! This camp is designed for Homeschool children to explore the animal world and bridge the summer gap between Homeschool classes! Each day will be a different topic to explore!

Winter in Summer

Learn how we keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer; or for us the “BIG CAT days” of summer. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the animals stay cool while enjoying ice treats yourself. We’ll also have games and prizes throughout the day.

 

Back to School Day

School is starting soon! Come spend your last bit of summer with us! Celebrate everything that makes summer wonderful while looking forward to everything a new school year offers.  

 

Home School (Formal)-Time for Your Checkup (Veterinary Care)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Adult Only Night at the Zoo (21+ Only)

Grab your significant other, friends, co-workers, and leave the kids at home! This is an adult only event, featuring a cash bar, keeper chats, and animal meet and greets! Guest can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo and Luthy Botanical Garden until twilight. Cash bar available (No outside alcohol allowed.)

Presale tickets available beginning May 1st.

Aldabra Experience

Enter into the exhibit with George our Aldabra Tortoise in this unique behind-the-scenes experience! Our staff will guide you behind the scenes and into the Aldabra Tortoise yard where you will have the opportunity to touch our Aldabra Tortoise. Learn more about conservation and what you can do to further act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world!

The Aldabra Tortoise experience is offered on Saturdays, June 8th, June 29th, July 20th, Aug 10th and Sundays, June 16th, July 7th, July 28th, Aug 18th

Zoo Run Run

The 40th Annual Zoo Run Run is a fun healthy way to support the growth of Peoria Zoo.  The even consists of Youth 1/4 Mile Run for ages 12 and under, a 1 mile walk for all ages, and a 5K (3.1mile) Grand Prix Race that winds through the Zoo and Glen Oak Park.  Racers will start and finish near the Africa! portal in Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park.

Registration includes a 2019 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food.  Registration forms available at Peoria Zoo and other Peoria Park District facilities.

 

Home School (Informal) -ZSI (Zoo Scene Investigation)

The SCIENCE behind zoo scene investigation.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Breakfast with the…Giraffes

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

Home School (Formal)-Can’t we all just get along? (Symbiosis)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Zoo La La

Lions, Libations, and Live Music! Join us for our largest fundraising event to support the vision of Peoria Zoo! Be there for exclusive animal adventures including behind-the-scenes experiences, up-close animal encounters, and personalized chats with our animal experts. Guests will enjoy a progressive dinner with culinary delights, libations, and entertainment through their travels around Peoria Zoo. This fun, casual event also features a raffle and silent auction. Experience how we transform the Zoo into an amazing celebration for our largest fundraiser of the year.

VIP Tickets: $125
Event Ticket: $90, Early-bird ticket $80 before 9/3
Reserved Parking Add-On: $25
Reserved Tables: Start at $800

Behind the Scenes Tour

How much do rhinos weigh? Where do giraffes sleep? All this and more will be answered during our behind the scenes tours. This hour long tour will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see, you can learn more about the animals and how we care for them. Offered Saturday May 11th, June 8th, August 10th and Sept 14th.

Home School (Informal) – The Amazing Amazon

The Amazing Amazon

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Informal) – Gather and Store

Gather and Store (Getting Ready for Winter)

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

 

Home School (Formal)-Conservation Successes

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) -Ungu-what? Ungulates

Ungulates

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience! 

Home School (Formal)-What’s to Eat?

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Critter Christmas

Enjoy Christmas Zoo style! Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts with Santa in our lodge from 9:00-10:00, and then head out into the Zoo. Starting at 10:00, our animals will get gifts here at the Zoo that you can watch them enjoy. Santa will be making a visit too, so don’t miss a chance to make sure he’s got you on the “nice” list! Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Special thanks to the Ol Dairy Barn Christmas Tree Farms in Trivoli for the Christmas trees.

Buy tickets ahead of time and skip the line!

Home School (Informal) -Can You Hear Me Now?

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience! 

Frogwatch Training

Join the growing number of Citizen Scientists, learning how to count frogs by learning their calls. Over the course of training we will teach you how to identify different frogs and toads, where and how to listen for them and how to report what you heard. Learn about these fascinating amphibians and help make a difference in the world around you! Registration is Required.

Leap Day

Learn to leap with our frogs and explore the amphibian world as Peoria Zoo celebrates LEAP DAY! Create frog homes to take home, learn calls, and explore everything that makes up the amazing leaping world of amphibians!

Home School (Formal)-The Right Tool for the Right Job?

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) -Animal Olympics?

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

Home School (Formal)-Earth Day?

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Formal Home School Classes are more structured than Informal Home School classes.  Attend both!!

 

Home School (Informal) – Helping our Wild Friends?

Oceans

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Some classes will be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) for certain activities. Parents are welcome but not required.

Informal Home School classes are designed to give the students more choices and more chances for social opportunities all while learning about our amazing animals. Attend both the Formal and the Informal classes for a well rounded Zoo experience!

All Together For Animals Virtual Concert Event

ALL TOGETHER FOR ANIMALS EXCLUSIVE CONCERT!

During the pandemic, we still need to feed, care, and provide medical attention for our precious animals -every single day! So we are reaching out to our members and friends for support with an exciting offer!
For a $30 contribution – $15 of which directly benefits the Peoria Zoo –
You will receive exclusive access to our “All Together for Animals” concert.

You’ll see performances by Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde,
Wynonna Judd, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter, and others!

CountryArtists
For more information on this exclusive opportunity to AZA member facilities please CLICK HERE.

Mother’s Day Garden Tours

Luthy Botanical Gardens Mother’s Day Garden Tours…a perfect outing with Mom!

May 9th at 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00

Walking through the garden as Spring unfolds, we will explore the often-overlooked beauty of the Botanical Garden.  Plants within our collections, that have a seasonal presence will be spotlighted. Please dress for weather and come to the Garden Entrance/Classroom; we will start in the Conservatory. Tours will be limited to 10 participants, mask are required…please register online by 5/7…donations appreciated

Budgie Aviary Encounter

Memorial Day thru Labor Day, visitors will have the unique opportunity to walk into the Budgie Aviary and experience the lively and colorful Budgies  all around them.  Budgie Seed Sticks are available for just $2.00 and allow visitors to feed the birds from you hand. Budgie Encounters may be subject to change or cancellation.  These amazing creatures are wild animals and we can not guarantee that they will land on your stick or stick to our schedule.

UpROARious Sip and Savor

Sip and Savor Safari
As part of our UpROARious fundraising series, come explore the Peoria Zoo during our Sip & Savor Safari! Join us on Thursday, September 16 for a casual adult-only evening at Peoria Zoo that includes cocktails, appetizers, and animal encounters. Tickets are $85/person or $75 if you purchase before September 1st. Tickets are limited so don’t monkey around!

UpROARious Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run
We are proud to present the 42nd annual Zoo Run Run as part of our UpRAORious event series. Run, Walk or Roll with us this year via our 5K or 1 Mile for all ages! There’s nothing virtual about running, so we won’t call this a “virtual” run…. All registrants will be e-mailed a curated list of courses that utilize some of the Peoria area’s best routes! Complete your race anytime and anywhere between 9/18-9/25. You can even submit your race time via our online portal!

Join us for the Stroll and Spot on Saturday, September 18 at 9:30am to pick-up your race t-shirt and enjoy a visit to Peoria Zoo! Enjoy a quiet morning stroll at the Zoo and spot the animals adventuring out into their exhibits.

Race Fee: $30 for those 18 and up; $15 for those 17 and under
Registering by 9/1 guarantees a t-shirt. $5 discount for those with a Peoria Zoo membership valid through 9/18/2021
A portion of Zoo Run Run profits will be donated directly to Tiger Conservation

Cockroach Valentine

Cockroach Valentine

Do you need a unique way to say, or “Our love is eternal” or “Love bites?”  Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with a unique gift for the one you love… or hate, by symbolically naming a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach in their honor.

For a donation of $20, you’ll receive a printable certificate that you can customize for that “special” someone in your life. This is the perfect gift for your partner, friend, co-worker, bestie or boss. Each purchase will come with a fillable certificate for the one you love, or for the one you hate. The hard part is deciding who gets the naming honor. You can feel good about this purchase too! All the funds donated will support the daily care our animals receive, including expert care from our keepers, specialty formulated diets to meet diverse nutritional needs, regular veterinary care, and enrichment that prompts mental and physical stimulation.

World Frog Day

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

March 20th is World Frog Day.

 

Garden Lily Show

Step inside our Conservatory this spring and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants, spring plants and, of course, lilies! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage and experience the wonderful world of the Lorax, this year’s theme.  Yes, truffula trees will be added to our collection! The lily show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet spring, with family and friends.

March 25-April 17

Free admission, donations appreciated.

Easter Egg Scramble

Looking for a hopping good time? Bounce on over to the Zoo for our annual Easter egg celebration, loaded with candy and fun. The Easter egg hunt is for children 0-12 years.

10:30     ages 0-3 years
10:50     ages 4-7 years
11:10     ages 8-12 years

ADVANCE TICKETS can be purchased at the Barton Pavilion.

Bat Appreciation Day

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

April 17th is Bat Appreciation Day.

Pokémon Day

Come find all of the Pokéstops at the Zoo, while visiting our Pokémon friends. Battle, Trade, Collect them all here on this day.

Evening Garden Container Class

Enjoy a glass of wine, while creating your very own container garden for mom…or even better with mom. It’s a gift that keeps on growing, for a front porch, patio,
deck. We will provide all the plants & supplies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and participants.

Afternoon Garden Container Class

Create a container garden with mom…or for mom! It’s a gift that keeps on growing, for a front porch, patio, deck. This is a hands-on class that you can register in advance and select any 1-hour time-slot (11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00).

All plants and materials are included.

ZOOTINI

It’s time to shake things up – mark your calendar for the wildest martini tasting event in Peoria! A variety of martinis (shaken, not stirred) are served by local mixologists at this outdoor, after-hours event in Africa! Taste our signature martinis and walk the boardwalk with friends for a wonderful spring evening event. Included with the ticket are four drink tickets, appetizers, dessert, and live music!

Zootini VIP Tickets: Available for or a $150, VIP tickets include the opportunity to sample a selection of martinis from 5:00-6:00 before the regular Zootini event begins.

Zootini Bistro Table: Back by popular demand, you can reserve a gathering place for you and your friends at Zootini! For a $100 donation, you can reserve a high-top bistro table at the event.

Zootini Reserved Parking: For a $25 donation, you can reserve a parking space in the parking lot in front of the event entrance.

Click here to learn about volunteering for this event!

PNC Worldwide Day of Play!

PNC Worldwide Day of Play is a free day of fun put on by the Peoria Park District and sponsored by PNC Bank. PNC Worldwide Day of Play is part of a national effort by Nickelodeon to get children outside for 4 hours instead of in front of the television. The Peoria Park District divisions and other community partners put on free games and activities throughout the day.

Come out and play with Peoria Zoo! Everyone pays $3 admission all day on Saturday May 14th!

Migratory Bird Day

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 14th is Migratory Bird Day.

Endangered Species Day

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 20th is Endangered Species Day.

World Turtle Day

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 23rd is World Turtle Day.

Party for the Planet

From recycling to skipping the straw, explore simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. We will have animal encounters, activities, and earth friendly treats our animals will receive throughout the day. Fun on the Run inflatables will be in Glen Oak Park leading to the Peoria PlayHouse for a fun activity.

ASK A KEEPER-Aldabra Tortoise (Specialized Care)

Some animals at the zoo have very specialized needs that the average zoo visitor would not even consider. Attend a presentation featuring the zoo’s oldest resident and learn about his specialized care.  Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Outside the Aldabra Tortoise exhibit in Africa!
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER-Takin (Animal Care)

We’ll be talkin’ about Takins at this Ask a Keeper presentation.  Takins are large muscular hoofed animals with impressive horns and are thought to be a national treasure in China. This is your opportunity to learn what makes them so special! Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Presentation will be held in front of the Takin exhibit on the Asian Trail.
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER -Spider Monkey (Enrichment)

Attend a presentation featuring the zoo’s spider monkeys.  Learn about our BEEP (Behavioral Enrichment and Enhancement Program) program meant to improve environments and animal care based on natural behaviors and instincts . Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Presentations will be held in front of the Spider Monkey exhibit located in the Tropics Building.
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER-Contact Animals (Geriatric Care)

While caring for older animals can be challenging, our Zoo staff is proud to create a safe and welcoming home for every animal here. We continue to seek treatments and unique training techniques that allow even our oldest animals to live a long and comfortable life. Attend a presentation featuring the animals in the Contact Barn. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Presentations are located in Contact Barn.
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK AN EDUCATOR-Ambassador Animals

Learn all about adaptations and be introduced to some of our animal ambassadors.  Daily Presentations will run Memorial Day thru Labor Day and are held at the stage between the Contact Barn and the Conservation Center.
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER-Lion (Big Cat Husbandry)

Attend a presentation highlighting the benefits and challenges of big cat husbandry. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Presentations will be held in front of the Lion Exhibit Viewing Windows. *Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

ASK A KEEPER-Giraffe Hoof Work (Training)

Visitors will have an opportunity to watch our giraffe keepers engage with one of our giraffes.  Learn why husbandry training is an important part of daily giraffe care. Daily Presentations run Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Public viewing of this presentation will be from the “Giraffe Observation Deck” located on the boardwalk in Africa!
*Look for our new “ASK A KEEPER” banners at each location just prior to each presentation.

Giraffe Feeding Encounter

Twice daily starting Memorial Day, visitors will have the unique opportunity to feed the Giraffe at the Giraffe Overlook Station on top of the boardwalk.

Please note, for August and September, Giraffe Feedings will be offered on the following days:

– Friday-Monday: August 19-22, 26-29 and September 2-5
– Weekends Only (Saturday and Sunday): September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25
During those days, we will offer the encounters at noon and 2pm.
Encounters may be subject to change or cancellation.  These amazing creatures are wild animals and we can not guarantee that they will stick to our schedule. Quantities are limited.

Fairytale Land

Come on out to Peoria Zoo for a magical day filled with fairy tale creatures far and wide. This is a new event inspired from the former Princesses and Pirates Day at the Zoo now featuring: ogres, dragons, princesses and more. There will be keeper chats and special enrichment for our very own magical creatures here at the Zoo! Be sure to stop out and see this magical event. Regular Zoo admission applies.

June 11 and June 12

Fairy Tale Land

Come on out to Peoria Zoo for a magical day filled with fairy tale creatures far and wide. Join us on June 11th and 12th from 11am-4pm. Regular Zoo admission applies.  This is a new event inspired from the former Princesses and Pirates Day at the Zoo now featuring: ogres, dragons, princesses and more. Be sure to stop out and see this magical event. There will be keeper chats and special enrichment for our very own magical creatures here at the Zoo!

Rhythm in the Rainforest-POSTPONED

We’re so sorry, we will not be having Rhythm in the Rainforest on June 16th.
This event will be rescheduled, please check back for the new event details.

Back by popular demand, enjoy this soothing concert while seated outdoors in the beautiful rose garden inside Luthy Botanical Gardens.  Have a cocktail while feeling the beat with the Joe Metzka Band.  This event kicks off our Spring/Summer season at Luthy.  Heavy appetizers are included and cash bar will be available.

 *New this year- Guests have the option of reserving a Bistro Table (standing room only for four guests) or a Sit-Down Table (chairs will be provided for four guests).

Fathers & Floats

All dads will get free admission with a paying child. Dads, make sure to stop by the the Zambezi Lodge to get a free root beer float!

World Giraffe Day

Happy World Giraffe Day! Today we celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day of the year! We’ll be from 10am-5pm with last admission at 4:30pm.

 

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

 

Pollinators Week

Conservation Days- WE’RE DEDICATING THE ENTIRE WEEK TO POLLINATORS!

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their pollinators and how to help with their preservation.

Celebrate bees and butterflies and all the other animals that help flowers bloom. Come learn about all the ways you can help pollinators
thrive in your own backyard. There will be different activities, crafts, and critter chats throughout the week.

June 20-26

World Snake Day

Happy World Snake Day! Join us to celebrate the remarkable world of our reptiles for World Snake Day! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

 

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

 

World Tiger Day

Happy World Tiger Day!  Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate World Tiger Day! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

World Lion Day

Happy World Lion Day! Today we celebrate the lions!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Superhero Weekend

Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th.  Calling all Superheroes ! Grab your capes, masks, and spider webs and head to the Peoria Zoo! Games, crafts, and fun that all center around your favorite comic book superheroes as well as our own local heroes in Central Illinois.  Fun for the whole super hero family!

Dress up like your favorite superhero and come out to the Zoo for games, animal encounters and more!

Day of the Cotton-Top Tamarin

Join us to celebrate the day of the Cotton Top Tamarin! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

DAILY PRESENTATIONS:

NO DAILY PROGRAMS SCHEDULED September -April Peoria Zoo offers many Daily Presentations Memorial Day thru Labor Day

11:30-Keeper Conservation Connection Chat-Contact Barn; 12:00-Conservation Connection Chat-Adaptations at the Program Stage; 12:30-Conservation Connection Chat-Reintroductions at the Eco Hut; 1:00-Keeper Conservation Connection Chat-Lions; 1:30-Keeper Conservation Chat-Giraffe; 2:30-Keeper Conservation Connection Chat-Takin ; 3:00- Keeper Conservation Connection Chat –Aldabra Tortoise; 3:30-Keeper Conservation Chat- Spider Monkey

ZOOBREW, WINE and Spirits TOO!

Sample a variety of beer and wine selected by our local vendors as you explore Africa! after hours at Peoria Zoo. This event includes appetizers, dessert, and live music by The Matt Eckberg Band. The evening will also kick off our annual auction UpROARious, and will included exclusive auction packages for Zoobrew guests. This event sells out, so buy your tickets today!

Tickets are $65/person or $75/person after Sept 1st.

Zoobrew VIP: For an additional $15, you can add on a VIP experience and sample a selection of sparkling wines from a variety of regions. Assorted liqueurs will also be available as mixers.

Reserved High-Top Table: For and additional $75, you can reserve a gathering place for you and your friends at the event.

Reserved Parking: For an additional $25, you can reserve a parking space in the parking lot in front of the event entrance.

Questions? Call the PZS office at (309) 681-3500 or e-mail at [email protected]

Interesting in volunteering for this event?  Sign up online

UpROARious Online Auction

Online Auction

Join us for our annual online auction to support YOUR Peoria Zoo! This multi-day auction is loaded with items of all interests and price points. From Zoo experiences, to things for your home, to jewelry, to gift cards, to stuff for your kids, there is really something for everyone!

The auction will start at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 15th and will go through Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 pm.

We also gladly accept auction donations, and any item large or small is appreciated.

Call (309) 681-3500 or [email protected] to donate today!

World Rhino Day

Happy World Rhino Day! Today we celebrate our white rhinos!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Autumn Market

Autumn Market at Luthy Botanical Garden

Enjoy a creative community of artists, craftsmen, foodies and collectors coming together to bring the charm and excitement of the fall to Luthy Botanical Garden.
Admission is a $2/person donation at the door. List of vendors coming soon!

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Steve Hausler at [email protected] or (309) 681-3507 by August 20th.

Annual Mum Show – Hogwarts’ Garden of Botanical Wonders

Step inside our Conservatory this Fall and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants,  of course, mums! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage and experience the wonderful world of Hogwarts’, this year’s theme.  The annual mum show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet the Fall season, with family and friends.

October 7-30 Garden admission is Free admission, donations appreciated.

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN is held on both
Friday October 14th & Saturday Oct 15th 5:30-8:30.

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, join us for our annual event. With a trick or treat trail, bounce houses, Fall market, and so much more, come out and enjoy this family friendly event. Lines are scary, purchase tickets early on-line or at the safari zoo gift shop. Tickets on sale now.

Peoria Zoo Members check out the Member Resources Page for information on Howl-Zoo-Ween Member Night

Wand-Lore and Wand-Making at Luthy Botanical Garden

Wand Lore and Wand-Making at Luthy Botanical Garden

Wizards, witches, and muggles are welcomed to the world of wand-making and wand-lore. Dressing in wizard gear is encouraged, but not mandatory. We will explore wand-making, a few magical plants…but most importantly you will be paired with your very own wand!

Age: 6-15, and limited to 15 participants

Fee: $12

Saturday 10/15 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT.

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate at Luthy Botanical Garden

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate! Start the night with a 45 minute yoga class taught by an instructor from the RiverPlex, surrounded by lush botanical plants at Luthy Botanical Gardens. Then, finish it off with a glass of wine and fine chocolates.

21 years old and older.

 

World Lemur Day

Happy World Lemur Day! Today we celebrate the lemurs!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Pumpkin Bash

Guests can decorate pumpkins to take home and watch as the animals receive special pumpkin enrichment!

Regular zoo admission applies.

 

Wreath Making

Wreath Making-SOLD OUT
Offered – November 26, 9:00 – 11:00am

Create your very own wreath, using the foliage and textures of the season. Your creation will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We have all your wreath supplies & greenery (i.e. evergreens, juniper, pine cones, dried hydrangea, etc), you provide the pruners & gloves! Classes are limited to 30 participants, limit one wreath per registration. $30/person.

Wine and Wreaths

Wine and Wreaths-SOLD OUT
Offered – December 1-SOLD OUT, December 2-SOLD OUT, and December 8-SOLD OUT
5:30-7:30 pm

Settle in with a glass of wine, while creating your very own wreath. It will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We have all your wreath supplies & greenery (i.e. evergreens, juniper, pine cones, dried hydrangea, etc), you provide the pruners & gloves! Classes are limited to 30 participants, limit one wreath per registration. $30/person.   Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery: HO HO Homicide

It’s that time of year…. The Zoo’s much-anticipated annual Holiday party! The staff at the Zoo always throw great parties for their Employees, Patrons, and Special Guests but this one will be one to remember because it’s an Ugly Sweater Party!  But beware, there’s a Scrooge among us.

So, get that old sweater out of the closet, adorn it with holiday spirit and wear it with style. This promises to be a party to die for…. literally, for at least one guest!!

With murder on the menu, you are certain to find a medley of individuals to make the night most memorable. Nobody is safe from murder…but everyone will have a chance at solving it.

Monkey Day

Happy Monkey Day!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Brunch with Santa

Brunch with Santa:

Join us for a festive holiday celebration at Peoria Zoo! Enjoy brunch in the Zambezi River Lodge, a meet and greet with Mr. Claus himself and holiday activities that include cookie decorating and crafts!  Includes admission to the Zoo for the rest of the day!    Buy your tickets online today!

Must be registered by 12/12/2022.

Winter Wonderland at Luthy Botanical Garden

Winter Wonderland
Offered – December 17- December 23
5:00-7:00 pm

Join us for your new quintessential holiday experience, Winter Wonderland at Luthy Botanical Garden. There will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6pm each night, crafts, refreshments, music, and much more. Come celebrate this must do new annual event.  Admission at the door is $5 per person or $15 per household (immediate family only). Donations are always welcome!

Home School-Animals in Action

The SCIENCE behind animal movement.

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments, crafts and more! Each month is a new topic designed to help meet state standards and ignite a love of animals in young learners.  Parents are welcome to attend for a fee.  For students 5-13 years old.

Home School classes are running January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12.

Home School-Weird Animal Families

Weird Animal Families

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments, crafts and more! Each month is a new topic designed to help meet state standards and ignite a love of animals in young learners.  Parents are welcome to attend for a fee.  For students 5-13 years old.

Home School classes are running January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12.

Home School-Animals That Go Bump in the Night

Animals That Go Bump in the Night

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments, crafts and more! Each month is a new topic designed to help meet state standards and ignite a love of animals in young learners.  Parents are welcome to attend for a fee.  For students 5-13 years old.

Home School classes are running January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12.

Home School-Earth Day

Earth Day

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments, crafts and more! Each month is a new topic designed to help meet state standards and ignite a love of animals in young learners.  Parents are welcome to attend for a fee.  For students 5-13 years old.

Home School classes are running January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12.

Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo