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!


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.



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.


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!

Fall News and Updates


Summer is nearly over, but we still have some great events coming up here at the zoo!

  • Sunday, September 14th is Rhode Island & Connecticut Day
    Rhode Island and Connecticut residents are eligible for Buy One Get One Free general admission tickets. This offer is only available here at the zoo, and not online. Valid ID is required. One free admission per ID.
  • Friday. September 19th is the 9th Annual EARTH Bash 4pm-10pm
    This is EARTH Ltd’s annual fundraiser hosted at Southwick’s Zoo. Tickets are on sale now and include: jeep tours of the zoo, an open bar, food (there’s going to be some pretty impressive things to try this year!), live and silent auctions, and live music! Note: this event is 21+ only.IMG_8021
  • Sunday, September 21st is New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine Day
    New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine residents are eligible for Buy One Get One Free general admission tickets. This offer is only available here at the zoo, and not online. Valid ID is required. One free admission per ID.
  • October 20 starts ZooBoo Days
    This is an entire week of Halloween fun! Kids 3-12 wearing costumes get free admission this week and can trick or treat in the zoo! Certain animals receive pumpkins and corn stalks. Check back in October for a list of animal and pumpkin days.


After Labor Day weekend we will begin our Fall schedule for shows, rides, and Parakeet Landing. Sorry, Pony Rides are closed weekdays in Sept/Oct. Camel Rides Close 2:30 weekdays.



Summer Safari Scavenger Hunt

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Our annual Summer Scavenger Hunt is Sunday, August 24th! Test your zoo knowledge and win a prize! We will have scavenger hunts for different age groups. This event is included with normal zoo admission.

ZooKeeper Clara

1We recently had a very special visitor here at Southwick’s Zoo. The Make-a-Wish Foundation contacted us about a little girl named Clara who loves elephants and wished to be a zookeeper for a day. Of course we wanted to do whatever we could to create a memorable day for Clara and her family.

They arrived to the zoo in a limousine and met up with Betsey and one of our zookeepers/education coordinators, Sarah. The weather was perfect and sunny, and the day was off to a great start!



A kangaroo encounter was first on Sarah’s list of zookeeper activities. Clara, her younger brother, and her parents go to get up close to our resident mob of red kangaroos including Rufus the joey.


Clara also got to meet a number of our other animals such as our sloths, Aldabra tortoises, and giraffes!

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The highlight of the day was riding the visiting elephants Tai and Rosie! Clara even received her own t-shirt painted by one the elephants.


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After exploring the zoo some more, we decided to take a break for lunch. Clara was surprised by an amazing cake donated by Hannafords!


After lunch we took Clara for a second elephant ride, and then headed to the train station for a relaxing ride on the Woodland Express. Clara ended her zoo adventure by taking a spin on the carousel.

DSC_4150We couldn’t be happier with how the day progressed. We feel honored that we were able to make this wonderful little girl’s wish come true. If you would like to help other kids reach their dreams, please visit the Make a Wish Foundation Massachusetts and Rhode Island website to see how you can contribute.