Plan Your Visit

Keeper Talks

Enhance your visit with a scheduled Keeper Talk Memorial Day through Labor Day. Talks are limited to weekends only before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Schedule subject to change.

Due to COVID-19, Keeper Talks will not take place during the 2020 season.

Time Keeper Talk
11:30 am Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Mon - Fri)
Red panda (Sat - Sun)
12:00 pm Children's Zoo (Mon)
African penguin (Tue, Thu, Sat)
Spotted-necked otter (Sun, Wed, Fri)
1:30 pm Ambassador animal (at Eagle's Nest, Sun - Sat)
3:00 pm Black vulture (Mon)
Black howler monkey (Tue, Thu, Sat)
Cougar (Sun, Wed, Fri)

Zoo Maps

You can pick up a zoo map at the zoo’s ticket booth when you arrive, or get a preview of what’s to come by clicking the button below!

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Additional Activities

Below are some additional options you may choose to enhance your visit. Price out your visit by checking out our admission rates page.

Spend some extra time in our Children’s Zoo presented by Valley Dental Pediatrics, where you can pet and feed the animals! Children’s Zoo feed cups are available at the ticket booth when you arrive.

Take a ride on the zoo’s trackless train ride! Rides are great for kids of all ages. Admission tickets available at the zoo’s ticket booth. Open Memorial Day – Labor Day, and select weekends outside of our peak season.

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Installed in 1920, the Ross Park carousel features sixty jumping horses, four-abreast; two chariots (one with monkeys) and an original fifty-one key Wurlitzer Military Band Organ. Rides are available for free from 10:00 am – 4:45 pm every day from Memorial Day – Labor Day.

With $500,000 in state funding awarded, the City will restore the historic Ross Park Carousel to its original grandeur and relocate it closer to the park’s main entrance. Originally installed in 1920, the carousel’s jumping horses and original organ have seen better days. By constructing an enclosed structure to house and protect the restored carousel, future generations will continue to enjoy this treasured timepiece.

From snacks to a full meal, make the Leopard’s Spot Snack Shack a part of your trip to the Ross Park Zoo! Food and drink offerings are available during select hours.

As you exit the zoo, stop into our gift shop! From t-shirts, to adorable plush animals, the Zoovenirs Gift Shop has an assortment of souvenirs to remember your latest Ross Park Zoo trip!

Our docents love to educate! If you’re lucky, you may catch an impromptu animal spotlight put on by our dedicated volunteers. Spotlights are unscheduled, and based on volunteer availability.

Special Events

From promotions and educational days to our annual signature events, there are so many events to choose from! If you’re looking for some extra activities on your next visit, don’t forget to visit our upcoming events calendar to see what’s coming up next.