Wild for the Planet
Join the celebration of our precious planet and its rich biodiversity. This year’s event promises to soar to greater heights than ever as we mark the Year of the Bird, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Running from Earth Day weekend through Endangered Species Day, we’re focusing on conservation and sustainability every day for a whole month. Weekends are even more special, with fun, informative activities, shows, and presentations that will inspire as well as entertain.
Get new insight into the Zoo’s efforts to protect endangered and threatened species – including local birds – with our Wild Activity Guide distributed daily, and special animal enrichment and keeper presentations on weekends.
Did you know that accredited zoos like ours are uniquely qualified to lend scientific expertise that’s vital to global efforts to save wildlife? It’s true! Through the daily care of animals, our staff develop knowledge and skills in areas such as animal biology, behavior, nutrition, and genetics that are invaluable to efforts to safeguard species in the wild. Learn more at animal care presentations featuring special feedings and enrichment demonstrations twice daily on weekends.
Discover what you can do to defend natural resources and promote biodiversity at our Earth Expo, featuring some of your favorite conservation and community organizations. Visit the Succulent Station for fascinating facts on these water-conserving beauties and take a succulent cutting home to start your own low-maintenance garden. Find out what you can do to protect and support local birds, and picture yourself gliding among at our California condor photo op.
Discover a new way to explore your world, including tips on observing nature and how to capture information like a real field biologist. Sessions at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. at the locations listed below.
Catch Swazzle’s interactive puppet show, inspired by the our work with California condors and other local birds. Together with the Green Rangers, kids will be called upon to help “Conrad the Condor” in this fascinating and funny adventure. Performances on the GLAZA Patio at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Marvel at our spectacular, high-flying aerialist show commemorating the Year of the Bird and our work with fabulous feathered species. Performances in Eucalyptus Grove at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Recycle Handheld Electronics Through ECO-CELL
As part of this celebration, we’re raising awareness of our environmentally responsible electronics-recycling partner, ECO-CELL.
In Africa, gorilla habitats are being destroyed by unsustainable mining for a mineral used in the manufacture of handheld electronic devices, called coltan. Recycling devices responsibly decreases the demand for coltan, thereby reducing mining and keeping toxins out of the environment.
When you recycle through ECO-CELL at the Zoo, a portion of the proceeds go to conservation nonprofits like Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE), which works to safeguard the Grauer’s gorilla, one of the most endangered primates on the planet.
Learn more about ECO-CELL
Before your next Zoo visit, take an inventory of your handheld electronics, then check out our easy donation tip sheet, which includes:
- Which items are accepted
- Where to find the ECO-CELL donation bin at the Zoo
- How to prep your devices for donation
Donating your unwanted handheld electronics via ECO-CELL is a great way to show that you’re “wild for the planet.” Thank you!
- Saturday, April 21 – Okapis at 1 p.m. and Asian elephants at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22 – Snow leopards at 1 p.m. and trumpeter swans at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28 – Red river hogs at 1 p.m. and rattlesnakes at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, April 29 – Gorillas at 1 p.m. and cassowary at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, May 5 – Gorillas at 1 p.m. and peninsular pronghorn at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 6 – Chacoan peccaries at 1 p.m. and Komodo dragons at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, May 12 – Black bear at 1 p.m. and Sumatran tigers at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 13 – Sumatran tigers at 1 p.m. and California condor at 2 p.m.
Sessions at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. at the following locations:
- Saturday, April 21 at zebras
- Sunday, April 22 at peninsular pronghorn
- Saturday, April 28 at gorillas
- Sunday, April 29 at orangutans
- Saturday, May 5 at the Cambodia viewing area at Elephants of Asia
- Sunday, May 6 at the aviary
- Saturday, May 12 at the Stilt House at Rainforest of the Americas
- Sunday, May 13 at markhors
Programming subject to change.
Behind the Scenes Tours
Weekends Get a fun, informative peek into how we care for the 1,400 animals and 270 species that call the Zoo home. From preparing food to designing the perfect habitat, you’ll learn the inside story in ways few ever have.
June 27 We’ve partnered with local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom five-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson.