Knoxville’s Newest Light Spectacular, Zoo Lights by Chick-fil-A Knoxville will return for a second year! Light up your nights this winter when you experience the outdoor lantern light-up at Zoo Knoxville!

See a variety of colorful animal lanterns, tree lights, and more. Enjoy this unforgettable holiday tradition!

Zoo Lights presented by Chick-fil-a Knoxville is an all-new light extravaganza featuring colorful animal lanterns, tree lights, and festive food and drinks. Zoo Lights opens on Friday, Nov. 26 and continues through Jan. 2, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each evening.

Watch for more details!



BOO! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring several nights of not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo.



Presented by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Seniors ages 65 & over receive free admission and parking for our Senior Sunrise event.  Stay tuned for more details!

Presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation

Zoo-goers can go on a wildly fun hunt for big trucks, emergency vehicles and special equipment that rival the animals for size and speed. Zoo Knoxville’s Touch a Truck, presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation, will be held in August. All activities are included with general zoo admission. Watch for more information!


For sponsorship information contact Kaitlyn Barnhill at:
(865) 224-7132 direct
(865) 824-7682 mobile

Cuban Crocodile Conservation at Zoo Knoxville:

In April 2021 the zoo will open the Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Campus. The ARC is the largest and one of the most important projects in our Zoo’s history as it will house the zoo’s internationally-recognized work with critically endangered amphibians and reptiles. Zoofari 2021 Havana Nights is inspired by the Cuban crocodile; a feature of the new ARC and an important new conservation program for the zoo.

Cuban crocodiles are critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Once spread across the Caribbean, its range has dwindled to only the Zapata Swamp and Isla de Juventud. With less than 3,000 left in the wild, the future of Cuban crocodiles now depends on zoos. With the opening of the ARC campus, our zoo will join those already working to save Cuban crocodiles from extinction.

Zoo Knoxville’s Cuban Crocodiles:

Two Cuban Crocodiles from the National Zoo will be new residents of the Clayton Family ARC Center. The male is named Miguel, and he hatched on 10 July 1985 at Bronx Zoo. The female, Rose, hatched in Cuba and arrived as a donation to the National Zoo on 17 October 1984. All of the female Cuban crocodiles at National Zoo were named after the characters of the Golden Girls TV show. The pair has lived together for many years and has successfully bred on many occasions.


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Thursdays are now featuring local breweries, food trucks, and extended hours!

Selected craft beers will be available for purchase all day from local breweries and at 5 PM,  a food truck will be on site and special menu items will be offered at the zoo’s restaurants. Beverage offerings will include a selection of beer, cider, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Our Carousel and Choo Train will also be open all evening!

Food Trucks:
April 15: Stick in a Box
April 22: Penne for your Thoughts
April 29: Gus and Son Greek Grill

Is it a family-friendly event?
– Yep, Craft Bears is open to all ages.

Are food and drink included with my ticket?
– No, all food and beverage are an additional purchase.

If I come earlier in the day, can I come back that evening for Craft Bears?
– Yes, you can re-enter the zoo with your same day general admission ticket.