This summer the Greenville Zoo, in Greenville, South Carolina, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Zoobilee. A variety of special events are planned throughout the summer, including festivities every Thursday from 11:00Am to 2:00PM. Special theme weeks are also planned. During the week of July 19-25, the zoo will host a roaring farewell to the lions. From July 26- August 1 there will be birthday festivities for the siamangs, small apes from Southeast Asia. Primate Week is scheduled for August 2-8, and during the week of August 9-14 the zoo will celebrate a giraffes birthday.
The Greenville Zoo holds its popular Zoo Camp in the summer months for ages 3-14. Children will have the opportunity to participate in many fun-filled activities including making crafts, playing games, going on treasure hunts, and taking behind-the-scenes tours. There are morning and afternoon sessions available. Older campers ages 12-14 have the option to do an overnight camp at the zoo. The zoo also holds regular ongoing activities for children, such as Zoo Tots and Saturday Safaris.
In early July the zoo welcomed its newest resident. Sid is a 4-year old white-nosed coatimundi, or coati. These small animals are related to raccoons and are native to South America. Sid may be seen in the zoos South America exhibit area. The Greenville Zoo has a variety of wildlife from all over the world. Among its more popular residents are elephants, giraffes, primates, red pandas, giant tortoises, and alligators. There is also a reptile house and a farm animal section.
The Greenville Zoo is located on 14 well-landscaped acres in Cleveland Park. It is open 7 days a week from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission prices are $7.75 for adults and $4.50 for ages 3-15. Children under 3 are admitted free. Memberships are available. Concessions are available inside the zoo, or visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. There are picnic tables located inside the zoo and in the adjacent Cleveland Park. Located along the banks of the Reedy River, Cleveland Park also contains tennis courts, two playgrounds, and bike and walking paths.
When planning a family outing this summer, include a visit to Cleveland Park. Then celebrate Zoobilee at the Greenville Zoo.