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Advanced Lantern Festival tickets are required. Walkups not available on Sold Out nights. Purchase tickets online to guarantee your spot!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Daily Tickets Available Now

Penguin Feeding|Aquarium: 10:30 am & 3 pm
Animal Meet and Greet| Asiain Aviary: 12:30 pm
Pygmy Hippo Keeper Chat| Pygmy Hippo Pavillion: 2:30 pm
Ambassador Pavillion Program| Ambassador Pavillion: 4 pm

Partnering with educational entertainment provider Immotion and the world-renowned primatologists from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Gorilla Trek VR Theater allows you to join the herd and witness the behaviors of these incredible animals up close.
Through virtual reality, you will be transported to the mists of Rwanda. You’ll follow primatologist Dr. Tara Stoinski on a trip ten thousand feet up in the Volcanoes National Park, documenting the family dynamics of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

April 10 – June 16
Wednesday – Sunday | 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Timed tickets are sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30 pm
Become a member today for discounted tickets here.
General Admission tickets are available now.

Our members support the Zoo’s mission to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. We hope you visit often and take advantage of all the opportunities at the Zoo through your membership.
Member benefits include 20% discounts on retail, food and beverage purchases, discounts on experiences and birthday parties, early access to education camps and classes, free or reduced admissions to 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums, and much more! Join or renew here.

Saturday, April 20th, 9 am -6 pm
Members: Free
Non-Members: General Admission
Let’s celebrate this amazing planet we call home! Party for the Planet celebrates Earth Day at John Ball Zoo, where community partners engage with guests and encourage them to learn how to take positive action to help save native habitats for wildlife. Be sure to catch all of the entertainment, animal programs, and plant giveaways along the way! Learn more here.


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