Although every day at the zoo is filled with fun and excitement, a variety of special events are worthy of a place on visitors’ calendars, including:
Croctoberfest: Held the first weekend in October, this popular adult event combines conservation education and samples from the area’s best-known breweries.
3K Raptor Run: Held in March, this 3k run/walk is perfect for all age groups and combines exercise and support for a selected conservation effort.
Creatures of the Night: The perfect way to celebrate Halloween – a nighttime trick-or-treating event featuring encounters with the zoo’s bugs and beasts! Offered on three consecutive nights.
Zoo Night: Offered to groups throughout the year, this special nocturnal stroll through the zoo is sure to provide encounters that seem quite different than found in the light of day.
Birthday Parties: Want a memorable birthday celebration? The zoo offers an exciting birthday party package perfect for kids ages 3-11.
Annual Photo Contest!
The zoo’s exotic landscapes, fascinating creatures and colorful birds offer endless photo opportunities. An Annual Photo Contest, judged by a professional nature photographer, recognizes the best photos taken at the zoo and provides photographers with an ideal way to showcase their work. Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website.
In addition, the zoo and its rookery are one of the key locations featured in the annual, five-day Florida's Birding & Photo Fest. For both professional and amateur photographers, this festival features workshops and outdoor photo sessions taught by some of the world’s most distinguished nature photographers.