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Upcoming Events


Kroger Free Weekend
November 8th and 9th
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visitors to Knoxville Zoo will enjoy free admission and parking during the zoo’s Kroger Free Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Last admissions are one hour before closing at 3:30 p.m.) 

Knoxville Zoo hosts Kroger Free Weekend to give everyone the opportunity to visit the zoo, say thanks for the community support the zoo receives throughout the year and help other local non-profit organizations.  Although a donation is not required for free admission to Knoxville Zoo, Free Weekend visitors are encouraged to donate items to help Mission of Hope and Young-Williams Animal Center of Knoxville.

Mission of Hope is a volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken areas in rural Appalachia.  In order to help meet the increased demand of the holiday season, they are requesting donations of non-perishable food items and new children’s toys.  

Young-Williams Animal Center serves the community by providing compassionate care to animals, working to find homes for adoptable pets, providing affordable spaying and neutering services, and educational programs about animal welfare. The center is in need of dry and canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and new pet toys.  

Special thanks to Kroger, WIVK FM and News Talk 98.7 FM for their generous support of the event.



Veteran's Day at the Zoo
Tuesday, November 11
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a $2.00 discount for all military veterans on Tuesday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See over 800 animals that call Knoxville Zoo home and enjoy all of the experiences the zoo has to offer including Wee Play Adventure, Nature Play, Williams Family Giraffe Encounter and much more.

Wee Play Adventure 
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Knoxville Zoo has a new experience designed to inspire preschool and elementary-aged visitors to take an imagination-fueled adventure! Located n the Pilot Flying J building, Wee Play Adventure involved extensive construction to create a jungle island that gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in an exotic expedition, just like real animal researchers in the field.

Visitors of all ages can get an intimate view of the zoo's female Komodo dragon, Khaleesi, in a new 1,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor habitat and zoo's juvenile make Komodo dragon, Drogo, in his new home where he has plenty of room to grow. Guests will also have the opportunity to see one of the best giant lizard habitats in the country. Wee Play adventure is the perfect place to encourage creative play and physical activity year-round!

Events and times are subject to change without notice. Please call (865) 637-5331 ext. 300 for more information.

More to come....please return soon!