Special Events

Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 20, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Squirrels are an important part of our ecosystem. Did you know that squirrels are responsible for replanting hundreds of trees in our area each year? Squirrels are some pretty nutty animals and we will take this day to celebrate them. Scurry on down to the zoo for squirrel related activities, games, crafts, and fun!

Palmetto Basics Get Out and Play Day

March 31, 2018  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are excited to announce that Palemetto Basics will be the Presenting Sponsor this year. This event was created by our education staff to help get children outdoors and combat Nature Deficit Disorder. Each year, various vendors and government agencies are invited to have a booth in the zoo that educates and/or encourages families to get outside.

Member Appreciation Night

April 6, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Greenville Zoo for a cool evening exclusively for its members! The free event features live musical entertainment, free popcorn and Pepsi products (while supplies last), special zookeeper talks and enrichment activities. Members will also receive a 20 percent discount in the zoo gift shop. If you're not a current zoo member, it's not too late to renew and take part in this special evening! Purchase your membership BEFORE the event!

*Member Appreciation Night is open to Greenville Zoo members only. Zoo guest tickets and reciprocal zoo memberships will not be accepted. Memberships will NOT be sold on the night of the event.

Enrichment Day

April 7, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

What is enrichment? The AZA Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) defines enrichment as a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animals’ behavioral biology and natural history. Therefore, enrichment and environmental enrichment devices can be anything that enhances the natural behaviors of an animal. At the Greenville Zoo, our animals get a lot of enrichment to keep them healthy and happy. Join us for a special day as the keepers celebrate all things "enrichment"!  Lions will pounce and monkeys will leap, while educators describe the behaviors and activities taking place. Be sure to not miss this exciting day of fun!

Party for the Planet

April 14, 2018  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Greenville Zoo celebrates Earth Day with our Party for the Planet!  Vendors from across the Upstate will assist the zoo to educate and share information about conservation.  We will also be showing you how to play a part in making a difference for the future of our planet.

Save the Frogs and Citizen Science Day

April 28, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In an effort to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide, the Greenville Zoo will host Save The Frogs and Citizen Science Day. The annual event will feature educational activities, frog-inspired arts and crafts.

Save The Frogs Day is one of the largest amphibian education and conservation events. At least 150 Save The Frogs Day events will take place in 25 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Australia. Researchers of Greenville Zoo (FROGZ) have partnered with various organizations throughout the years to raise funds for SAVE THE FROGS!, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to amphibian conservation. 

Zoom Through the Zoo 5K

May 12, 2018  8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Missing Orangutan Mother's Day

May 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for MOM Day! We will be paying tribute to orangutan mothers and learning all about their plight in the wild and what you can do to help! The MOM Campaign is a positive way to bring attention to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes by encouraging people to help protect them.

** Sunday, May 13, Celebrate Mother’s Day with us! Free admission all day for moms with a paying child (15 and under).

Endangered Species Day

May 18, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This event is presented by the education staff. It is an opportunity for guests to learn about endangered species and how to protect them.

Brew in the Zoo

May 25, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo. The evening provides adults 21 years old and older an opportunity to sample an assortment of beer and food and enjoy live music, all while exploring the zoo during its after-hours. All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo plus a portion of the proceeds are donated to a Conservation project, TBD. 

World Ocean's Day

June 8, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Ice Cream Social

June 16, 2018  11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoo-goers can cool off at the zoo for the annual Ice Cream Social. Children can choose a cup or cone of ice cream and add yummy toppings. Event features free entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone!

World Giraffe Day

June 21, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

My Greenville Zoo Day

August 10, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

World Lion Day

August 10, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

International Vulture Awareness Day

September 1, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sippin' Safari

September 7, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

International Red Panda Day

September 15, 2018  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Boo in the Zoo

October 19 - 21 and 26 - 28, 2018  
Fridays are 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays are 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Safari Santa

December 1, 2018  11:00 am - 1:00 pm