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    The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)  Look for the logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

    Hours of Operation

    The Louisville Zoo is open year-round and is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days. 

    Sept. - March:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    April - Labor Day:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    The zoo closes one hour after the Admission Gates close.

    Summer Twilight Hours
    Enjoy additional evening hours on select summer nights in June, July and August when the Admission Gates are open until 8 p.m.

    Regular Prices

    Adults (12-59) - $10.95
    Children (3-11) - $7.95
    Children (2 and under) - FREE
    Seniors (60+) Discount Rate - $8.95

    Your best value is a Zoo Membership (season pass) starting at $39 for Individual, $59 for Individual Plus, $69 for Family and $128 for Dual Family Membership to the Zoo and Louisville Science Center.  Click here for more Membership Information.

    Groups (for groups of 20 or more)
    Adults - $9.55
    Children - $7.25
    (for larger groups contact Group Sales at 459-2181 ext.348)

    Out of towners:  For overnight packages with discounted hotel and attraction rates, click here!

    Train - $2.50
    Tram - $1.50  (Receive a wristband that allows you travel for the entire day.)
    Carousel - $1.50
    Weather conditions permitting.

    Stroller (Single) - $5.00
    Stroller (Double) - $7.00
    Wheelchair (non-motorized) - $6.00

    The Louisville Zoo is easy to find and just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, KY, easily accessible from I-64 and I-65.

    Take I-264 (Watterson Expressway) to Poplar Level Road exit #14 and travel north.  Follow the black and white zoo signs to 1100 Trevilian Way.

    The zoo recommends the following resource for online maps and driving directions: Yahoo! Maps.

    Or for bus service through TARC, Click here.

    Click here for a digital map of the
    Louisville Zoo.

    Smoking Policy
    Smoking is permitted in
    designated areas only.


    1. Do you take in animals?
      No.  The Zoo simply does not have the space or resources to house ex-ets or animals other than those in our collection.

    2. Do you charge for parking?
      No, not during normal Zoo hours. For special after-hours events such Roarchestra and The World's Largest Halloween Party, we currently charge a $3.00 parking fee.

    3. Can I bring food or coolers into the Zoo?    
      Food and coolers are welcome at the Louisville Zoo.  We have several picnic areas that are wonderful for an afternoon meal alongside nature.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited and picnic tables are available on a first come-first served basis.

    4. I am a member of another Zoo, can I use my membership and enter the Louisville Zoo for free?
      If your current membership is held with a Zoo that participates in a reciprocal program with the Louisville Zoo, you may receive free or discounted general admission .  Special events may be excluded.  Please check our list of reciprocal institutions by clicking here.  Or call 459-2181 ext. 603. 

    5. Can I use my membership at the Newport Aquarium?
      Not at this time.  The Louisville Zoo participates in the American Zoological Association reciprocal membership program that provides free or discounted admission to participating zoos and aquariums.  The Newport Aquarium does not currently participate in this program.

    6. How do I get a job with the Louisville Zoo or volunteer to help out?
      Please visit our Employment section or our Volunteer section. 

    7. When is the best time to see the gorillas?
      Like humans, gorillas do not have a set time for activity.  Usually, early in the morning and in the late afternoon/evening is when they are more energetic.

    8. How many animals do you have?
      The Louisville Zoo has over 1,300 animals exhibited in beautiful natural settings.  Favorites include gorillas, lions, tigers, penguins, pygmy hippos, orangutans, reptiles, hundreds of colorful birds and many more.

    9. Do you have motorized wheelchairs?
      At this time, the Louisville Zoo only rents manual wheelchairs.  We do have a Zoo Tram that circles the center path of the Zoo and can take individuals to key stops in the Zoo.  (There is a $1.50 fee for one-day use of the Zoo Tram.)

    10. Where can I buy Bamboo like that used in Gorilla Forest?
      The Louisville Zoo uses several different varieties of Bamboo.  The predominant ones are "Yellow Grove" & "Nuda."  According to our head horticulturalist, Mark Zoeller, the best source of Bamboo in the Louisville area is Richard Wolford in Middletown (245-6097).  But he warns all to be careful because bamboo can become invasive and precautions should be taken to keep it in check. 

    11. Can you see the animals during Kroger's "World's Largest Halloween Party!"  at the Louisville Zoo?
      Rarely. Most of the animals are off display according to their regular night time schedules.  

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