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Johannesburg Zoo


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WildLights, animal feeding sessions, kids' holiday programmes and more - don't miss out on the festive action at the Zoo.

Get your family down to Johannesburg Zoo this festive season for an action-packed programme of special events - to add to the enjoyment you'd normally expect from a visit to Joburg's favourite family destination.

WildLights at the Zoo

Joburgers not joining the rush down to rainy places on the coast can take advantage of the long summer evenings - and the Zoo's later opening hours - to enjoy WildLights at the Zoo between 5pm and 9pm from 12 to 21 December.

Bring a picnic basket and unwind along the Tree of Light lawn and Wildlights. There'll be a guided tour on offer, as well as entertainment in the form of story telling, drumming, a marimba band and traditional dancing. The Zoo restaurant, Café Fino, will also be open.

Entrance is R65 for adults, R40 for children and pensioners.

Festive animal feeding sessions

Festive animal feeding sessions

If you're visiting during the mornings and early afernoons, take note of the following festive animal public feeding session, check the Zoo map for directions and take the opportunity to learn more about some of the Zoo's more distinctive inhabitants:

  • Chimps - Saturdays and Sundays at 10am
  • Rhinos - daily at 10.30am
  • Vultures - Sundays at 11am
  • Lions - daily at 12 midday
  • Wild dogs - daily at 12.15pm
  • Crocodiles - Sundays at 1pm
  • Gorilla - daily at 2pm

We'll also be spoiling our animals with love, toys and attention as part of the Zoo's behaviour enrichment programme through December. Visit the Zoo on weekend days to join in the fun - find out more.

Kids' Holiday Fun at the Zoo

Parents, help is at hand in the form of Zoo holiday programmes that are guaranteed to keep the kids happily occupied. There are separate programmes for the under-7s and the 7-13s, but bookings are essential, so be sure to get the dates, contact and other essential info here:

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