Nighttime Zoo 2018


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Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come “rock and roar” every day this summer with live music, fun shows, and special animal encounters. June 17 through September 3, 2018.


  • puppet parade

    Times: June 17–29: 7:30 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 8:30 p.m.

    A remarkable musical processional of spectacular pageantry puppets, channleing the "vibe," vitality, and diversity of life on the continent of Africa.

  • Chameleons brass band

    Times: June 17–29: 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:45, 5:30, and 7 p.m.

    This brass band changes tunes like its namesake changes colors! From funk to Beach Boys and beyond, their musical stylings (and jokes!) are sure to bring a smile to your face. Watch for our roving brass band and join in the fun.

  • man playing electric guitar
    Rock & Roar

    Times: 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

    Rock out to popular songs spanning decades. Don't be shy—sing and dance along!

  • acoustic guitar
    Summer Songs

    Times: June 17–29: 4:30, 5:35, and 6:40 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:30, 5:35, and 6:40 p.m.

    Acoustic strings and lilting voices combine for the perfect sound to serenade your summer fun.

  • African musician
    Villagers of Africa Rocks

    Times: June 17–29: 3 to 6 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Music, dance, and more highlight why Africa rocks!

  • man dressed like kangaroo jumping on a trampoline
    New Friends Rock

    Times: June 17–29: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

    Astonishing trampoline acrobats put on a fun, thrilling show.

  • Dr. Zoolittle
    Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore Africa

    Times: June 17–29: 4 and 5 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 5 and 6 p.m.

    Oh, my! Our Fearless Leader of Fun has his hands full as his Zoo character "helpers" steal the show and bring the laughs.

  • bubbles and lasers
    Call of the Night

    Times: 8 p.m.

    A special performance (June 30 through September 3 only) with live music, rhythmic acrobats, lasers, moving lights, fog, and bubbles. As the sun sets, the Earth comes to life and the atmosphere takes on a beat of its own. Swirling colors above call to the beat down below, creating a movement of the soul and a celebration of the day gone by.

  • Jambo! lion puppet
    JAMBO! Puppet Meet & Greet

    Times: June 17–29: 4 to 7 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Enjoy some "face time" with our beautiful pageantry puppets. Great photo opportunity!


  • amur leopard
    Keeper Talks

    Times: Rhino: 3 p.m. (Urban Jungle) Children's Zoo Surprise: 5 p.m. Leopards: 5:15 p.m. (Africa Rocks)

    Join our keepers as they share stories about and insights into the animals they care for.

  • raccoon
    Raccoon Surprise

    Times: 7 p.m.

    Our keepers provide enricment for the animals in the form of food items hidden in objects or scents dotted around the habitat. Stop by and see what they've put together for our clever raccoon, and watch its ingenious mind at work.

  • Young children hoola hooping

    Times: 5:30 p.m.

    Get in the swing of summer fun at our hula-hoop-di-doo. Grab a hoop and give it a spin!

  • African stiltwalker
    African Stilt Walkers and Giant Giraffe Puppets

    Times: June 17–29: 4 to 7 p.m.; June 30–September 3: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    These amazing artists stand tall and walk the walk! Enjoy their craft and get some great photos at the Africa Rocks Garden.

  • young woman playing limbo

    Times: 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

    Here's a fun way for kids (and even adults!) to channel their energy and excitement by bustin' some Zoolamoves! Our enthusiastic staff has lots of movement games in store, like freeze-dancing, limbo, and more.


  • Old fashioned sitting on bar counter
    Happy Happens at Albert's

    Times: 3 to 5 p.m.

    Enjoy specialty cocktails, glasses of featured wines or beers, and items from our $6 menu. Stay for dinner and make it a special occasion. Reservations are not required but are recommended. Call 619-685-3200 to reserve your table.

  • nachos
    Summer Food Specials

    Times: All day

    Bite into our summertime specials at select food stands.

    Front Street Café: Rolled taco plate; zany zucchini

    Treetops Café: Sumer salad; meat lover's pizza

    Sydney's Grill: BBQ pulled pork nachos; Southwest chicken wrap; berry walnut salad

    Sabertooth Grill: Southwest salad

    Rocks Box: Loaded hot dog

    Hua Mei Café Annex: Apple fries

    Ituri Hut: Ituri nachos