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The Louiseville Zoo The Louisville Zoological Gardens, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to its mission to “Better the Bond Between People and Our Planet” by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in conservation education. The Zoo’s collections which include botanical gardens are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The Louisville Zoo is also an agency of Louisville Metro Government.  Opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently exhibits more than 1,500 animals on 134 acres of natural settings representing zoogeographical areas, specific habitat types or special education areas including: Glacier Run, Africa, Islands, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), Australian Outback, the HerpAquarium and the Metazoo Education Center. The Zoo’s award-winning Islands, Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run exhibits have been recognized by AZA for their excellence and innovation. The 2016 Master Plan address the challenges and vast opportunities for the Louisville Zoo.The Zoo’s commitment to working with endangered species, specifically with AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, speaks of its dedication to conservation efforts. It is also one of just a handful of institutions in the world to house a captive breeding population of Black-footed ferrets, North America’s most endangered mammal. The Species Survival Plan is the AZA’s cooperative breeding and conservation program and the cornerstone of efforts to assist endangered species.The Louisville Zoo is dedicated to providing stimulating environments for Zoo animals to enhance their well-being and enrich the quality of their lives. We share many of our animal training sessions on a daily basis to engage visitors, allow them to meet zookeepers and learn more about our animal ambassadors and how to support conservation programs.One of the region’s most popular family attractions, the Zoo also features concessions and catering, multiple playgrounds, several gift shops, rides and attractions including the Papa John’s Splash Park, Conservation Carousel, ZooTram Shuttle, Zoo trains, adventure ropes courses, camel rides, bird shows and the BOMA African Petting Zoo. Plus, the Zoo produces education programs recognized nationwide for excellence and over 50 special event days each year including Earth Month activities in April, weekend movie nights and character appearances, holiday events, the 5K Throo the Zoo Run/Walk and of course, the annual “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” Hours of Operation The Louisville Zoo is open daily year-round.Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s DaySept. 26, 2016 to March 17, 201710 a.m. – 4 p.m. (stay until 5 p.m.)March 18 to Sept. 24, 201710 a.m. – 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.) Norton Healthcare Get Healthy Walking ClubMarch 1 – November 30, 2017 (Monday – Sunday)Enter Zoo from 8 – 9:15 a.m. (You must exit Zoo by 9:30 a.m.)During your visit, there are a variety of activities such as zoo keeper talks, animal demonstrations and other education opportunities to enhance your experience. We hope you enjoy your visit at the Louisville Zoo. Best Times To VisitClick here for tips on the best times to visit the Zoo! Smoking — Designated Areas OnlySmoking (including E-cigarettes) is prohibited throughout the Zoo. Designated outdoor smoking areas may be found next to the MetaZoo, at the African Outpost back deck and behind the Papa John’s Splash Park area. See designated areas on your Zoo guide map. We appreciate your cooperation. Other Things To Do in LouisvilleLooking for other fun attractions, events plus restaurants and other destinations in Louisville?  Be sure to visit the Louisville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website for great planning ideas. Louisville Zoo1100 Trevilian WayLouisville, KY 40213(502) 459-2181
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