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Join us in celebrating the Alaska Zoo's 50th Anniversary on Saturday, August 17th from 10am-4pm, with live music sponsored by ConocoPhillips lasting until 7pm.

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Admissions Special: Between the hours of 10am-4pm, admission to the zoo will be 50% off, along with popcorn refills and bags 50% off.

New Membership Drive: We are also offering 50% off on new memberships purchased at the zoo (in person only, not online). The first 50 new memberships will be entered into a drawing for a free wolf or tiger encounter for up to 4 people.

Current Members: We will be offering all current members who attend the event 2 free one-day guest passes (per membership, good for one use, valid for one year) to use for the guests of their choice. Must attend the event to receive passes.

We will also be giving free limited edition 50th anniversary stickers to current zoo members who attend as well as those who buy memberships at the event.

Online Donations: If you cannot attend, make a donation of $50 online at any time on August 17th and receive a limited edition 50th anniversary sticker in the mail.

Gift Shop: Make a purchase in our gift shop during the event and receive a free copy of the book “How do you say goodbye to an elephant?” by author and illustrator Dianne Barske.


Schedule of Events

The schedule of events for the zoo lawn is as follows, with all live music sponsored by ConocoPhillips:

  • 11am-1pm: The Button Box Gang (polka)

  • 1pm-2pm: Presentation "Alaska Zoo: Celebrating 50 Years Through Pictures" by Katie Larson, former Education Director

  • 2pm-4pm: Denise Martin & Jim Kerr (Irish folk, hammer dulcimer, juggling)

  • 5pm-7pm: Ten Dollar Bet (contras, rags, polka, swing, jump, old world favorites)

Education training and enrichment schedule for the day at animal habitats (with the exception of reptiles in the Discovery Center):

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  • 10:30am-10:45am: Peregrine Falcon Training

  • 11:30am-11:45am: Flying Squirrel Training

  • 12:15pm-12:30pm: Porcupine Enrichment

  • 1:15pm-1:30pm: Ball Python Presentation (Discovery Center)

  • 2:00pm-2:15pm: Box Turtle Presentation (Discovery Center)

  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Ember the Red Fox, Training/Enrichment

Visit our Discovery Center to learn more about the zoo's past through pictorial displays, archival video footage and a zoo staff member present from 2pm-4pm to talk with visitors.

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Visitors can also be on the lookout for ice enrichment in some of the animal habitats, including our polar bears, as part of our monthly "An Ice Day at the Zoo" enrichment courtesy of Copper River Seafoods.

Vintage images of the zoo's early parking lot by Bob Pate. The zoo officially opened it's doors in August of 1969, so we hope you will join us to celebrate the past 50 and the 50 yet to come!

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Earlier Event: August 17
Later Event: August 17