The Zoo Celebrates 49 Years with Zippity Zoo Fest

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

The Zoo Celebrates 49 Years with Zippity Zoo Fest

Come celebrate 49 WILD years of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo at the Zoo’s annual spring festival and birthday celebration! 

This fun, family-friendly event will feature a multitude of sensational activities, along with a birthday cake of course!

Children’s Village

Our Capital One Pavilion is transformed this weekend into a free Children’s Village with a giant inflatable! Parents watching their children can also enjoy the adjacent Entertainment Stage and seating area under the pavilion. 

Entertainment Stage

Located next to our Children’s Village, enjoy the talents of groups from across the area. From dancing and singing to musicians, we have something for every taste. Don’t forget Penny, the Zoo’s mascot, will make her appearance for photo opportunities each day!

EdZooCation Station

Stop by the EdZooCation Station for fun and learning! At EdZooCation Station, adults and children alike will enjoy a variety of interactive games to help learn about animal facts, animal conservation and pollination. You’ll also get to meet some of our education department’s animal ambassadors!

Keeper Chats & Animal Enrichments

Hear from our Zoo Keepers, ask questions and learn how we care for our animals daily. At select chats, watch our animals enjoy a special Zoo birthday treat!

Face Painting

What could be more fun than spending the day with tigers, bears and flamingos? Having one painted on your face! Visit our face painting station to experience the Zoo in style. $1 per face painting.

Photo Contest Winners Gallery

Visit our education building (located near the back of the Zoo, next to the Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit) to see the WINNERS of our annual photo contest. The photo contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. Winners will be announced at Zippity Zoo Fest, and their printed photos will be on exhibit, gallery-style, throughout the 2-day event. We will also electronically display all photo submissions.

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 endangered animals and take your chance at their ring toss game. $1 per try; all proceeds benefit AAZK philanthropy projects, continuing education and professional development.


With the support of our partner organizations around the area, the Zoo will be filled with various activity booths! If your organization is interested in hosting an activity booth at Zippity Zoo Fest.

Know Before You Go


  • Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7; 9:30am-5:00pm, grounds close at 6:00pm


  • Adults/Teens: $8.75
  • Seniors: $7.75
  • Children ages 2-12: $5.75
  • Children 1 & under: Free

Learn more about Zippity Zoo Fest HERE. 


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