VIP Experiences

During the summer months, the NEW Zoo features a variety of fun, educational programs throughout the day. Many of these programs are free for zoo guests to attend, but a few opportunities are also available for guests to purchase “VIP Tickets” to gain access to some very special experiences. Check out the schedules below.

Please note: admission to the NEW Zoo is required for entry into the Zoo to enjoy any of the following programs

2022 Schedule – through August 20th

African Lion Discovery Station

  • FREE with Zoo Admission
  • Visit the African Lion Habitat to learn about lions and to see and touch a variety of items like fur, claws, and more!
  • 9am to 10am on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through August 20th

Bald Eagle & Pelican Discovery Station

  • FREE with Zoo Admission
  • Visit the North American Aviary Habitat to learn all about eagles and pelicans, and to see and touch a variety of items like feathers, eggs, and more!
  • 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through August 20th

African Penguin Discovery Station

  • FREE with Zoo Admission
  • Visit the Penguin Habitat Bridge to learn about African Penguins and to see and touch a variety of items like feathers, eggs, and more!
  • 9am to 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through August 20th

African Penguin Feeding – through September 30th

  • $15 per person in addition to regular zoo admission
    • Capacity is limited! Only FOUR tickets available per session
  • Occurs at 1:00pm daily through September 30th
  • Step inside the penguin habitat to meet the penguins and toss them some fish!
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets non-refundable and are valid ONLY on the date for which you purchase them, so please ensure you are selecting the correct date before you buy
  • Learn more about penguin feedings and purchase tickets here: newzoo.org/2022/07/07/penguin-feedings-return

Red Wolf  & Canine Discovery Station

  • FREE with Zoo Admission
  • Visit the Red Wolf Habitat to learn about red wolves, and to see and touch a variety of items like fur, paw prints, and more!
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through August 20th

River Otter Discovery Station

  •  Join us at the River Otter Exhibit to learn about river otters, and to see and touch a variety of items like pelts, paw prints, and more!
  • 10:30am to 11:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through August 20th

 

Here’s another look at the schedule, organized by days of the week:

Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays through August 20th

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – African Lion Discovery Station
    • In front of the Lion Habitat
  • 1:00 p.m. – African Penguin Feeding (ticket required)
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p. – Bald Eagle Discovery Station
    • In front of the Aviary Habitat
  • The Giraffe Feeding Experience will be open daily, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule
  • The Children’s Zoo Feeding Experience will be open on Sundays, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule
    • The Children’s Zoo Feeding MAY be open on Tuesdays & Thursdays, but hours are not guaranteed. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays through August 20th

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – African Penguin Discovery Station
    • In front of the Penguin Habitat
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – River Otter Discovery Station
    • In front of the Otter Habitat
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Red Wolf Discovery Station
    • In front of the Red Wolf Habitat
  • 1:00 p.m. – African Penguin Feeding (ticket required)
  • The Giraffe Feeding Experience will be open daily, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule
  • The Children’s Zoo Feeding Experience will be open, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule

Saturdays through August 20th

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – African Penguin Discovery Station
    • In front of the Penguin Habitat
  • 1:00 p.m. – African Penguin Feeding (ticket required)
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p. – Bald Eagle Discovery Station
    • In front of the Aviary Habitat
  • The Giraffe Feeding Experience will be open daily, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule
  • The Children’s Zoo Feeding Experience will be open, hours to vary. Look for signs in the Gift Shop for today’s schedule

 

 

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