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Zoo Events are a "roaring" good time! Learn about our zoo animals and wild animal conservation while enjoying unique experiences at Henry Vilas Zoo. Events also help the Zoo raise funds to keep your community-supported zoo going strong.

Explore our upcoming events by using the navigation on the left. For more information about events at the zoo, please contact Crystal Padley at (608) 258-9490 ext. 18 or

Did you know that the Zoo has a great selection of rental spaces available for gatherings of any size, from birthday parties in the Glacier Grille to corporate events where your group gets exclusive use of the entire zoo!

2018 Events

The zoo has many exciting events happening in 2018! More information on 2018 events will be available shortly! If you are interested in education programming, please click here.

September 30th: Zoo Run Run

October 26th: Zoovies - Hocus Pocus

October 28th: Halloween at the Zoo

November 14th: Zoo Lights Member's Only Preview

November 15th - December 30th: Zoo Lights

November 28th: Brew Lights

Conservation Events

The Henry Vilas Zoo participates in a variety of wild animal conservation programs. Our Conservation Education Celebrations, which focus on helping save the wild counterparts of the animals at our zoo, are not only fun but also give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of wild animals. Please watch this page for 2018 conservation day celebrations!

June 23rd: World Giraffe Day

August 25th: International Red Panda Day Conservation Celebration

September 22nd: World Rhino Day

October 13th: African Penguin Awareness Day