Happy birthday BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo! Celebrate 50 wild years at Zippity Zoo Fest

Bring out the party animal in you on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. 

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo celebrates fifty wild years of connecting the community with animals. The Zoo invites you to its annual spring and birthday celebration, Zippity Zoo Fest. Expect face painting, live entertainment, games, and lots of animals.

Bring out the party animal in you on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. 

A 50 year celebration at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Photo courtesy of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

All ages are welcome to the event. And because there are two packed days of activities, we’ve laid out all of the details for you here. Just don’t forget to pack the sunblock! 


When & Where:

It’s all happening over two days. Be there Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29. Visitors may enter 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grounds close at 6 p.m. Bring the whole family to 3601 Thomas Rd in
Baton Rouge.


Every member of the family can get through the gates for less than $10 each! Adults and teens enter for $8.75. Tickets for seniors at $7.75. And children ages 2-12 get in for $5.75, while children 1 and under get in for free. 

Children’s Village-0900f9f424333fa5

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

Entertainment Stage

Located next to the Children’s Village, enjoy the talented groups from across the area, as well as local bands. If your band or group is interested in performing at Zippity Zoo Fest, please email membership@brzoo.org

EdZooCation Station

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 learn about animal facts, animal conservation and pollination. Also, you’ll get to meet some of the education department’s animal ambassadors!

Keeper Chats & Animal Enrichments

Hear from the Zoo Keepers, ask questions and learn how the Zoo cares for the animals daily. At select chats, watch the animals enjoy a special Zoo birthday treat, while you enjoy a piece of free Zoo birthday cake, too!

Face Painting

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

Photo Contest Winners Gallery

Visit the education building (located toward the back of the Zoo, next to the Galapagos Tortoise/Flamingo Exhibit) to see the WINNERS of the event’s 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. The Zoo will also electronically display all photo submissions.

AAZK Booth

Visit the Baton Rouge Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keeper (AAZK). This year at Zippity, AAZK is raising money for Bowling For Rhinos, their national philanthropy. Stop by to talk with Zoo Keepers, learn about the amazing things they do for rhinos and take your chance at their ring toss game. It’s $1 per try and all proceeds benefit AAZK philanthropy projects. These projects help continue education and professional development.


Zippity Zoo Fest Angels

With the support of partner organizations from around the city, the Zoo will be filled with various activity booths! If your organization is interested in hosting an activity booth at Zippity Zoo Fest, please email info@brzoo.org