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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.

May 10th: Membership Appreciation Night

June 9th: Rendez-Zoo

June 22nd: Zoovies

August 23rd: Be A Kid Again

September 30th: Zoo Run Run

November 20th: Zoo Lights Member's Only Preview

November 23rd - December 31st: 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!

February 24th: International Polar Bear Day

April 22nd: Earth Day/Party for the Planet

May 19th: Big Cat Conservation Day Celebration

May 28th - June 2nd: Orangutan Caring Week

June 23rd: World Giraffe Day

August 28th: International Red Panda Day Conservation Celebration

September 22nd: World Rhino Day

October 13th: African Penguin Awareness Day