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Baton Rouge Zoo Director, Phil Frost, Announces Retirement

October 14 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Director, Phil Frost, announced today that he will set aside his current duties at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and enter retirement on February 4, 2022. His career spans 40+ years in the world...

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Art Gone Wild Submissions Now Open!

October 07 2021

The Zoo is hosting its annual “Art Gone Wild” art contest. Submissions are open now through December 1st.  Artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to paint or draw the Zoo animals that inspire...

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Summary of Necropsy Results - Burreaux

September 29 2021

To begin, thank you to our loving and caring followers. The past few weeks mourning the loss of our beloved Burreaux have been tough on the entire Zoo staff and community as a whole. We appreciate your kind words of...

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Boo at the Zoo 2021!

September 28 2021

Hancock Whitney Bank Presents The 25th Annual Boo at the Zoo October 16, 17, 23 and 24   September 28, 2021 BATON ROUGE, LA.— BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host its 25th Annual in-house Boo at the Zoo on October 16, 17, 23, and 24 – Presented...

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AAZK Chapter Wins National Award!

September 16 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is thrilled to announce that the Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers won the Chapter of the Year Award for 2021! This was among 118 chapters!   Through volunteering and fundraising efforts, they'...

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Baton Rouge Zoo Mourning the Loss of Burreaux

September 08 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is profoundly mourning the loss of its 20 month-old male reticulated giraffe, Burreaux, who was born at the Zoo on December 26, 2019.   On Tuesday, September 7th, Burreaux experienced a sudden onset of acute symptoms that...

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Baton Rouge Zoo Announces Birth of Female Reticulated Giraffe

September 03 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a female reticulated giraffe on August 31, 2021. The calf was born to an 8-year-old, second-time mother, Rosie, and a 15-year-old father, Rowan. To this point, the calf appears...

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7th Annual Brew at the Zoo to Take Place on October 1st!

July 30 2021

Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo is set to host their 7th Annual BREW at the Zoo on October 1, 2021 from 7pm – 10pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public on August 1st at www.brzoobrew.org for this...

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BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo to Host Zippity Zoo Fest

March 11 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host its annual Zippity Zoo Fest on Saturday, March 27th and March 28th. This is an annual spring event that celebrates the Zoo’s 51st Birthday! Admission gates will be open from 9:30...

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BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo Begins Offering “Zooper Safe Birthday Parties” again!

February 02 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is excited begin offering Zooper Birthday Parties again starting on February 1, 2021. The Zoo has made the appropriate modifications to be in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Safely Guidelines. Meanwhile, the Zoo has made...

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BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo & The Advocate Co-Host Annual Photo Contest

January 25 2021

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo & The Advocate are co-hosting their annual Zoo Photo Contest again this year. Submissions are being accepted February 1st - March 1st. Participants are encouraged to submit photos at the Zoo in a variety...

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7,320 Pounds of Food Donations Raised During Zoolights!

January 05 2021

In late 2020, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for an innovative approach to bring more impact and excitement to their annual holiday lighting extravaganza, Zoolights. From November 23 – December 30, the Zoo offered...

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Baton Rouge Zoo Welcomes the Holidays with ZooLights Presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans

November 18 2020

BATON ROUGE, La.—BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites the community to celebrate the holidays with ZooLights - a festive evening mile-long trail through the Zoo featuring more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday spectacles....

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More Zoo Elements Re-Opening on June 6th

June 03 2020

Beginning this Saturday, June 6th, the Safari Playground, KidsZoo Barn & Otter Cabin will re-open. The aquarium and contact yard will remain closed. Since Amusement rides are not allowed during Phase II of the Governor's declaration, the train is...

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Zoo Announces 50-Cent Admission on Wednesday Afternoons in June

June 01 2020

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is continuing to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with the community by offering a discounted admission rate. In the month of June, every Wednesday between the hours of 2pm – 4pm, guests can enjoy 50 cent ...

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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Re-Opening Plans Announced

May 12 2020

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo has been working diligently to prepare plans for re-opening the facility that properly follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) guidelines. With the modifications listed below, the Zoo plans to...

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Zoo Temporarily Closed

March 16 2020

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo will temporarily close the Zoo to the public until further notice. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers to prevent the spread of...

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Important Updates from the Zoo

March 14 2020

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo continues to remain open at this time. The Zoo’s aquarium will close until further notice, due to being a high touch zone. The Zoo’s 50th birthday celebration, Zippity ZooFest, originally...

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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is now a Sensory Inclusive Facility

March 03 2020

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has partnered with Kulture City to make the Zoo and all of the programs and events that the facility hosts sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all...

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Public Chooses “Burreaux” as New Giraffe Name

February 14 2020

The public nominated & voted and Burreaux is the name selected for the Zoo’s newest male reticulated giraffe calf. This giraffe was born on December 26, 2019 to a 6-year-old, first-time mother, Rosie, and a 13-year-old father, Rowan. The Top 3...

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