BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo to Host Zippity Zoo Fest this Weekend!

Baton Rouge, La – BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host its annual Zippity Zoo Fest on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd. This is an annual spring event that celebrates the Zoo’s Birthday! This year, the Zoo will be turning 52 years old. Admission gates will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Zoo grounds close at 6 p.m. Regular Zoo admission applies & free for members. For more information on Zippity Zoo Fest 2022, please visit

“Zippity Zoo Fest is one event that’s particularly near and dear to the Zoo,” said Jim Fleshman, Zoo Director. “Not only does it provide the perfect atmosphere for children and their parents to shake off their cabin fever, but it allows all of us to celebrate the many years of connecting people with wildlife and wild places since the Zoo opened on Easter Sunday 1970.”

Activities at Zippity Zoo Fest 2022 will include:

Children's Area

Princesses and other special characters will be on hand for photo opportunities near the Zoo’s Capital One Pavilion. We will also have inflatables and crafts for the kids to enjoy.

Entertainment Stage

Located next to our Children's Area, enjoy the talents of a variety of groups from across the region. All entertainment is free and included in Zoo admission price.

Ambassador Animal Meet & Greets

You'll get to meet some of our education department's animal ambassadors and learn a little about each species from our Education Department.

Animal Enrichments & Keeper Chats

Many of our animals will enjoy special enrichments & treats throughout the day. As well, keeper chats will take place at a variety of exhibits throughout the weekend. A schedule will be provided upon entry.

Photo Contest Winners Gallery

Visit our Pavilion Tent to view the winners of our annual Zoo photo contest. Sponsored by The Advocate. While there, you can also enjoy a piece of free Zoo birthday cake, courtesy of Rouse’s Supermarket!

AAZK Booth

Visit the Baton Rouge Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keeper (AAZK). Stop by to talk with our Zoo Keepers, learn about the amazing things they do for our animals here & globally.


With the support of our partner organizations around the city, the Zoo will be filled activity booths and community organizations showcasing what makes them so special. As well, food trucks from Rice & Roux and SnoMobile of Louisiana will be on hand, along with the Zoo’s café options.

NOTE: The Zoo is currently under construction. As such, some areas will be closed from public visitation. The event will take place on a condensed pathway, but will still feature all of the fun activities guests are accustomed to.