Louisville Zoo offers memberships, other unique gifts for Christmas

Louisville Zoo offers memberships, other unique gifts for Christmas
The Louisville Zoo offers all types of gifts for animal lovers, great and small.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Can’t think of anything to get your animal loving friend or family member for Christmas? What about something that would make a wold of difference to the Louisville Zoo and to endangered wildlife?

The Louisville Zoo has a number of different gifts for the lion, tiger, and bear lovers in your gift giving circle.

(Source: The Louisville Zoo)
(Source: The Louisville Zoo)

Gift Memberships

The gift that keeps on giving memorable experiences throughout the entire year is a Louisville Zoo membership. Right now guests who gift a Louisville Zoo membership by Dec. 31 can save $5 on a full year of excitement and adventure that includes unlimited free admission to the Zoo, Splash Park (seasonal) and free parking during regular Zoo hours. A small plush snow leopard is also included for the first 1500. Members will be the first to see the NEW Snow Leopard Pass and Colobus Crossing exhibits set to open in 2019. Memberships can be purchased online or by calling or visiting the Membership office. Must use the promo code HOL18 online

The Membership office is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Zoo Memberships help the Louisville Zoo preserve and care for threatened and endangered species as well as support critical conservation education programs. For more information, click here, or call the Louisville Zoo at 502-459-2287.

An elephant eats a pumpkin at the Louisville Zoo.
An elephant eats a pumpkin at the Louisville Zoo. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Family Project for the Animals

If you are looking for a unique family project, consider visiting the local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Enrichment Tree located at the front of the zoo near the gift shop. It is just like the Angel Trees you see at the mall, but you get to help the animals at the Zoo get fun and exciting new toys to enrich their daily lives! You can purchase an item outright from the list and provide the item to the Zoo receptionist during regular business hours. You can also choose a paw print tag that lists a dollar amount. Amounts vary from $5 to $100 so everyone can participate. Simply remove a tag and take it into the gift shop where you can make your donation. The money you donate will go toward purchasing enrichment items for the animals. Purchased items or tag donations are due to the Zoo receptionist during regular business hours by Dec. 31, 2018.

Maned Wolf (Source: Louisville Zoo)
Maned Wolf (Source: Louisville Zoo)

Unique Shopping

If you are looking for a favorite plush animal, toy or nature-themed gift, a stop at the Zoo’s Gift Shop should be on your list. The Zoo’s Main Gift Shop is located at the entrance of the Zoo and offers a great selection of authentic Fair Trade items, holiday ornaments, apparel, educational toys and books, jewelry and assorted plush animals. Shoppers are not required to pay admission to just shop. Louisville Zoo members receive 10% off regularly-priced items. The gift shop hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day).

The Louisville Zoo also has personalized options including:

  • Honor a friend, family member or special customer or client by having their names engraved on the Zoo’s Tree of Life or on a bench in the lovely Etscorn Garden.
  • Treat someone to a Behind-the-Scenes one-of-a-kind Zoo experience.

To learn more about personalized gifts, click here, or call the Development office at 502-238-5386.

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