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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 crystal@vilaszoo.org.

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!


2017 Events

The zoo has many exciting events happening in 2017! If you are interested in education programming, please click here.


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 save the date for our 2017 conservation celebrations!

  • Earth Day & Party for the Planet: April 22nd
  • Big Cat Conservation Day: May 27th
  • Orangutan Caring Week: May 29th - June 3rd
  • Orangutan Caring Day: June 3rd
  • International Red Panda Day: August 26th
  • African Penguin Awareness Day: October 7th