Cyber Monday – Half Off Zoo Tickets Online

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Purchase your zoo tickets online and save some cash on December 1st! Our popular Cyber Monday offer is back again this year, and we’re offering 50% off general admission and combo tickets (admission + unlimited mechanical rides) for 2015 purchased online.

Click HERE to buy tickets online.

*This offer is only available for tickets purchased online. It only applies to general and combo admission. It does not apply towards Fun Paks or EARTH Memberships.

12 Days of Christmas at the Purple Peacock

The zoo’s main grounds are closed for the season, our gift shop, the Purple Peacock, remains open daily (excluding Thanksgiving) up until Christmas. The Purple Peacock offers a wide selection of unique gifts, so stop by to do some holiday shopping!

The gift shop’s 12 Days of Christmas starts on Saturday December 13! Each day from 12/13-12/24 we’ll have a different sale. Check out the calendar below for more info!

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November and December Events

We are closing for the season on October 31. Thank you to everyone who visited the zoo this year! We hope to see you all again next Spring. Our main grounds will be closed, however there are still things to do here through November!zebras for website

  • The Purple Peacock Gift Shop will be open until Christmas 10am-4pm…perfect for holiday shopping!
  • Open House at the Purple Peacock will be November 15 & 16 10am-4pm. There will be refreshments and some great sales, so come do some holiday shopping!
  • The Purple Peacock will also start their 12 Days of Christmas sales in December.
  • The African Plains will viewable on the side adjacent to the zoo’s entrance. You’ll be able to see our ostriches, water buffalo, and zebras! We currently have a VERY cute baby zebra…
  • There will be a free petting zoo on weekends 11am-3pm through November (weather permitting)
  • The Skyfari sky ride will be operating on weekends 11am-3pm through November (weather permitting)

End of Season T-Shirt Sale!

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The Purple Peacock Gift Shop is having an end of season sale on T-shirts! Zoo shirts are 25% off original price or buy 2 at regular price and get one shirt (of equal or lesser value) for free! The Mountain shirts (the very cool ones with the animal faces on them) are buy one get one (of equal or lesser value) free The Purple Peacock is open until Christmas, so stop by and get some holiday shopping done!

 

Where do our animals go in the winter?

The temperature is getting cooler and we’re approaching the close of the zoo season. The questions we get most frequently this time of year is “Where do your animals go in the winter?”

The answer? No, they don’t get sent down south, they stay right here in Mendon, MA.

All of our animals stay on the zoo grounds through the winter. We have a number of heated buildings so they stay warm and comfortable. Our birds and much of our primates were moved to a large heated building, while some of our animals, such as the lions and tigers, have heated enclosures as part of their normal habitats. Some of our animals even have the option of going outside during the winter.

We frequently see the camels, yaks, and even the big cats outside during the winter. It isn’t uncommon to see the tigers playing out in the snow.

Everyone receives child priced general admission October 15-31

We have a pretty exciting offer starting tomorrow! From October 15th until October 31st, we are offering child priced ($17) general admission to everyone!* zooboo mandrill

This is one of our favorite times of year. Many of the animals are more active now that its cooler and the Fall foliage is lovely, so come visit the zoo! We are open daily 10am-5pm until October 31st.

We also have some fun events coming up! Our lions, Levanna and L.J., turn two years old on Friday October 17. On Saturday October 18 we will be giving them birthday pumpkins. Then October 20-26 are Zoo Boo Days! Don’t miss our week of Halloween fun!

*This offer is only available for admission purchased at the zoo and not tickets bought online.

*Child priced admission for adults cannot be combined with other discounts and offers.

Inclement Weather

Just a heads up that all rides and shows are closed today due to inclement weather (Sat 10/11).  Sunday and Monday are looking great!  Have a Great Columbus Day Weekend!

L.J. and Levanna are turning two!

Join us at Southwick’s Zoo on October 18th at 1:00pm to celebrate L.J. and Levanna’s second birthday!

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Birthday pumpkins from 2013.

Our lion siblings, L.J. and Levanna, are turning two years old this month!We are celebrating by giving them a special pumpkin treat! Similar to last year, we are going to carve two pumpkins and fill them with meat. We are giving them their pumpkins on Saturday October 18th at 1:00pm. Their actual birthday is October 17th, but more people will be able to join the fun on Saturday.

 

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Hard to believe they were once this tiny!

They were born in 2012 and quickly became popular with both zoo visitors and zoo staff. Their mother did not bond with them, this happens on occasion with animals in captivity, so they were raised by the staff here at Southwick’s Zoo. They’ve grown quite a lot over the past two years, and L.J. has started to roar!

If you are looking for something to do Saturday October 18th, then come to the zoo and say Happy Birthday to our lions and watch them play with their birthday treats!

The lions will also be given pumpkins on Saturday October 25th as part of our Zoo Boo Days.

We have a new arrival!

Meet the latest addition to Southwick’s Zoo! Just last night, October 2,  our female Grevy’s zebra gave birth! The mother is being very protective and attentive.  At the moment we don’t know if it is male or female, but so far the foal is looking well and is up and walking. This is the first zebra born here in many years, so we are all very excited!

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Pumpkin Donations

It’s nearly time for our annual Zoo Boo Days! From October 20-26 the zoo will be decorated for Halloween. Kids under 12 years of age in costume also receive free general admission and can trick or treat in the zoo.

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From October 15-26 we will be accepting pumpkin donations. We’re looking for pumpkins and squash of all sizes. We need jumbo pumpkins for the big cats and tiny pumpkins for our smaller animals. If you bring a pumpkin (uncarved and undecorated please) to donate you will receive $2 off general admission per pumpkin!
*One discount per person

 

 

zooboo mandrillThe pumpkins will be used as Halloween themed animal enrichment. During Zoo Boo Days we give certain animals pumpkins and cornstalk as special treats. Enrichment is very important to animals in zoos because it helps keep them stimulated physically and mentally. When you visit the zoo you may see assorted other enrichment items including toys, special treats, etc. in with the animals.

Check back soon for a schedule to show when different animals will be getting their pumpkins. It’s always fun to watch the animals play and eat their special treats!