ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sure all of you are aware of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to build awareness of and raise funds for the ALS Association. Southwick’s Zoo was recently challenged and of course we didn’t back down. We received a little help from visiting Indian elephants, Tai and Rosie. Check out our video, and some great photos, below!


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9th Annual EARTH Bash

We’d like to thank everyone that attended Lions, Tigers, and Beers Friday night and everyone who made it to the zoo despite less than desirable weather on Saturday for EARTH Awareness. Now it’s time to start getting ready for our largest event here at Southwick’s Zoo. This is of course 9th Annual EARTH Bash! The zoo will be open to explore during the event and up at the main tent there will be cocktails, food, live music, and live and silent auctions!

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This is your chance to party for a good cause! This year’s EARTH Bash will be held on Friday, September 19th from 4pm-10pm. Proceeds from this event go towards EARTH Ltd. EARTH is a nonprofit that in a way serves as the zoo’s education department. They run a number of educational programs such as Wild Adventure Summer Programs, ZooMobiles, and Junior Zookeeping. They also train docents and interns that work here at Southwick’s Zoo.

You need to be 21+ to attend EARTH Bash. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased HERE at EARTH’s website.

Lions, Tigers, and Beers…oh my!

Lions + Tigers + Beers = a pretty amazing Summer evening.

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EARTH Ltd‘s popular fundraiser is back for a second year! Join us on August 1st 5pm-8pm for Lion, Tigers, and Beers for a beer tasting here at Southwick’s Zoo. You’ll be able to walk around the zoo then head up to the event tent to try a variety of beers, ciders, and wine! Event admission also includes food (snack type foods such as chips, nachos, and hotdogs) andnon-alcoholic beverages.

Participating breweries include:

Last year we sold out right before the start of Lions, Tigers, and Beers so we suggest stopping by or calling the EARTH Discovery Center at: 1-800-258-9182 ext 208 to reserve your spots on the guest list. You can pay using credit card over the phone or when you check in the night of the event. Prices are $25 for EARTH Members and $35 for nonmembers. Remember, this event is 21+ ONLY and ID is required for entry.


ZooBabies Day 2014


Who loves baby animals?

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Join us Sunday July 20 at Southwick’s Zoo for our annual ZooBabies Day! This is the day where we highlight all of the season’s new arrivals. If you follow us on facebook you probably know we had A LOT of babies this year including giraffes, kangaroos, porcupines, piglets, and many goats. Our volunteers will have tables set up throughout the zoo for our visitors to learn more about baby animals and there will be special activities. ZooBabies Day is included with normal admission rates and is a day long event.

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July Events

We have some great events coming up in July! First we are holding are first ever Rhino Week July 6-12. We are taking an entire week to celebrate rhinos and promote conservation efforts. During the day we are going to provide the rhinos with special enrichment items.


We’re also going to have two after-hours events during this week. On Thursday July 10 we have an EARTH Member rhinoweekAppreciation after-hours with a presentation by Bill Konstant from the IRF. On Friday July 11 we are having another after hours event called “Winos for Rhinos“. This 21+ event will feature a presentation about rhino conservation from Bill Konstant and a wine tasting from Zoll Cellars and The Naked Grape. Click HERE to learn more about these two events and Rhino Week.

Also in relation to Rhino Week, we are currently holding a “Save the Rhinos” poster contest! We are inviting our artistic fans to design and create posters about rhinoceros conservation. Winners receive 2 free general admission passes and their poster will be displayed inside of the EARTH Discovery Center here at Southwick’s Zoo. This contest is open to all age groups and the deadline to enter is July 12. Click HERE for rules and how to enter.


Sunday July 20 is the always popular ZooBabies Day! We will be highlighting all of this year’s births. If you’ve been following us on facebook then you know how many we’ve had this year including giraffes, a sloth, tapir, goats, pot bellied pigs, and more! This event is 10am-5pm and is included with normal zoo admission.

This little tapir is one of the many new babies here at Southwick's Zoo.

This little tapir is one of the many new babies here at Southwick’s Zoo.



Father’s Day at Southwick’s Zoo

We’re showing our appreciation for dads by offering them half price general admission on Sunday June 15! Stop by and say hi some of our favorite zoo dads such as Terry the chimp and Midas the giraffe.Terry and Tanzie

Note: This offer is only available for general admission  tickets purchased at zoo admissions on Sunday. The discount cannot be applied to ticket purchased online.

June 20 Summer Solstice

Celebrate Summer at Southwick’s Zoo! Join us Friday June 20 from 6-9pm for our Summer Solstice fundraiser. Enjoy a night at the zoo and support environmental education!

Things are a bit different here in the evening, so it’s always fun to be able to check out the zoo after-hours. Certain animals such as the African crested porcupines and kangaroos are more active later in the day or at night, so our visitors sumsoldon’t typically get to see them out and about during our normal hours. The mechanical rides, skyfari, and train will also be operating at this event and the ticket price includes unlimited rides! Food will also be available for purchase at the Zebra Cafe,Clarice’s Cupboard, and Swirls and Scoops.


Tickets Prices
Adult Non-Member $35
Adult Member of EARTH $15

Child Non-Member $25
Child Member of EARTH $10

Tickets are available at the EARTH Discovery Center or you can purchase them at the gates on June 20. For more info you can call the EARTH Discovery Center at 1-800-258-9182 ext 208.


Proceeds from Summer Solstice go towards EARTH Ltd. EARTH is a nonprofit organization that provides the zoo with various educational programs. EARTH also trains interns and docents/volunteers, performs live animal presentations at the EARTH Discovery Center in the zoo, and provides monetary support to other conservation organizations.

June 7 & 8 Events

We have two events coming up this weekend! Saturday June 7 is AAA BOGO Day! AAA members are eligible for buy one get one general admission. You must have your AAA card for this offer. fb pic htd

Then on Sunday June 8 we are showing our appreciation for our educators by offering teachers free general admission.

So far it looks like sunny weather for the weekend, so stop by and visit! We have some very cute baby goats in out petting zoo right now…

Another of our upcoming events for June was featured over at GoLocalProv! Check it out!

Saturday May 31: The Giraffe Habitat Will Be Closing Early

Anyone planning on visiting the zoo this Saturday, please be aware that the giraffe habitat will be closing at 4:00pm. There is a wedding Saturday evening and we need to close the habitat early to 2 giraffesset up for the reception. We apologize for the inconvenience, and the rest of the zoo will remain open until our normal closing time of 5:00pm, however.

Also, of course, a big congratulations to the happy couple!

Mad About Monkeys Day

We’re mad about monkeys (and apes!) here at Southwick’s Zoo! We have many different species of monkeys and apes here at the zoo, so on June 1st we’re going to have a special primate themed day. Mad About Monkeys Day is day long and is regular zoo admission. EARTH Ltd’s docents will have activity tables set up through out the zoo. Our primate keepers will also be assisting with scheduled events.wb This is a day long event and is included with the price of general admission. If you love primates, you’d have to be bananas to not visit the zoo this day!

Mad About Monkeys Day Schedule

12:00 – Capuchin Enrichment with Primate Keeper at the Black Capped Capuchin Exhibit near Zebra Cafe

1:00 – Help us make Primate Enrichment at the Schmidt’s Guenon Exhibit near the Skyfari Entrance

2:00 – Primate Enrichment with Primate keeper at the Grivet and DeBrazza Exhibits.

3:00 – Help feed our Chimpanzees some treats at the Chimp Exhibit overlook near the train station.