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.
We 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!
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.
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.
We 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.
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!
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!
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 + Beers = a pretty amazing Summer evening.
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:
- Foolproof Brewing
- Downeast Cider House
- Magic Hat
- Big Elm Brewing
- Kretschmann Brewing Company
- Westfield River Brewing Company
- IV Sages
- Naked Grape
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.
Who loves baby animals?
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.
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 Appreciation 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.
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.
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.
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 don’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.
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.
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.
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!