Animal Adventures

Join us for special Animal Adventures at the Zoo! These drop-in educational programs are FREE with paid admission and open to all ages. Through games, puppet shows, activities, and crafts, participants will learn about the husbandry, behavior, adaptations, and ecology of different animals. Activities take 15-20 minutes to complete. Locations vary, so look on the Creature Encounter and Penguin Coast chalkboards and listen for shuttle announcements for locations and show times on day of visit. Programs are scheduled between 10:00am and 2:00pm Tuesdays - Fridays.

Winter Animal Adventures:

Cold vs. Warm Weather Adaptations (March 24-29) –– Discover Mother Nature’s heating and air conditioning – and how animals adapt to extreme temperatures.

Egg- citing Eggs (March 31- April 5) – Learn about how baby animals hatch from eggs. Find out about incubation and the difference between bird and reptile eggs.

Animal Tracks and Signs (April 7-12) – Some wild animals may be hard to spot. Come learn about the clues that they leave behind everywhere they go.

Pollination and Seed Dispersal (April 14-19) – Discover how birds and bees ensure the pollination of our wind and cultivated plants and how animals, wind, and water move plants from one place to another.

Party for the Planet (April 21-26) – Come celebrate the gifts of land, water, and air by learning how we can protect the one thing that is special to all of us – Earth.

Shake, Rattle, and Roar (April 28- May 3) -– Claws, quills, and rattles! Learn to move and communicate like some of our animals here at the zoo.

Migratory Birds (May 5-10) – Where do migratory birds go and what drives them to leave their southern feeding grounds? Learn the answers to these and other questions about the amazing natural phenomenon that is bird migration.

Endangered Species (May 12- 17) – Learn about why so many plants and animals are endangered and how we can help.

Animal Defense (May 19-24) – Poison, teeth, and quills! Dig deeper into this subject to unearth how these and similar adaptations enable animals to defend themselves against predators.

Invertebrates (May 26-31) – Invertebrates are the most abundant creatures on earth – making up 99% of the earth’s animal species. The one thing they have in common is what they lack: a backbone.