The Johannesburg Zoo celebrates its 114th birthday with free visits to the zoo during the month of March.
The celebration is marked by a variety of daily activities in the zoo throughout the month, meant to promote the accessibility of the zoo to all the citizens of Johannesburg. A day at the zoo includes, among others, a daily programme of viewing animals during their enrichment interactions with the curators and during feeding times.
Daily Heritage Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday, and allows guests to see how the zoo has evolved over the 114 years. The tour costs R90, and starts at 2pm (ends 3pm). Booking is essential.
Further events include a carnival-themed birthday party on 11 March, where visitors are encouraged to dress up in costumes of their favourite furry friends and to participate in the monthly Zoo Trot while enjoying a piece of the birthday cake. The Zoo Trot costs R50 and takes place from 7am.
In addition, an action-packed Earth Hour takes place 24 March, where visitors wear their glow-in-the-dark costumes and join in the fun to increase awareness of the importance of conservation, to nurture a sustainable planet. The event costs R200, and starts at 5.30pm. Booking is essential.
Venue: The Johannesburg Zoo, cnr Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg
Time: Daily 8.30am to 5pm