We’re Opening April 11!

IMG_3862We’re all hard at work preparing for opening day on April 11! After a long winter, zoo fans can finally look forward to visiting may of their favorites such as the lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, and cheetahs.

Due to the difficult winter and current weather, we are going to have limited operations at the zoo the first week. Certain food and retail venues will not be open the first weekend, and the skyfari will not be open until April 18. Some animals (including certain monkeys and birds) may need to stay indoors until the weather warms up, however anyone who purchases general admission at the zoo the opening week (April 11-17) will have their receipt stamped for another visit before June 30, 2015.*

*This offer cannot be applied to visitors using free passes, EARTH Memebrships, or Family Fun Paks. It DOES  still apply if you purchased general admission ahead of time online.


This is a big year for us at Southwick’s, as it is the zoo’s 50th anniversary! We are planning on having a number of special events throught out the season. Visitors this season will notice construction going on within the zoo. We are currently in the process of building a brand new restaurant! It’s going to be an exciting season, so be sure to visit the zoo this year!

Help us celebrate 50 years!

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We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year! Help us relive 50 years of zoo memories by sharing your favorite zoo photos from over the years. We plan on posting them here on our website as well as Facebook, videos, and other media.

Click here to learn more and submit your own photos!

Winter Photos

We hope everyone’s year is off to a good start. Winters are busy here at the zoo and we have some great things in store for 2015.

The most frequent question we get this time of year is”Where do your animals go in the winter?” They actually all stay here at the zoo. We have a number of heated buildings so the animals stay warm and comfortable all winter long. Some of our animals, however, actually enjoy the snow and cold weather. Here are a few Winter photos from this winter so far.



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12 Days of Christmas

There are only a few short weeks until Christmas! Our gift shop, the Purple Peacock, is open daily from 10am-4pm , so come get some holiday shopping done! We have a very unique assortment of gifts available in addition to zoo souvenirs. We have imported items, jewelry, tons of plush, alpaca wools sweaters, and much much more.

We also have the our annual 12 Days of Christmas sale coming up! Check out the calendar below for sale dates!



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Cyber Monday – Half Off Zoo Tickets Online


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.