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Just like with your home, sometimes our animal's homes need repair. For the safety of our residents, and those working on the repairs, animals will be required to be in behind-the-scenes areas for the work to be done. Unfortunately that means you might not get to see them on your visit.

We'll try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. Please know that there are emergencies that might pop up.

Please be sure to check at the Admissions windows for the most current information.

Where is the Gorilla Family Today?

Barika & AlikaThe location of the family group will be evaluated on a day to day basis. This could mean that the group is in a behind-the-scenes area on any given day and unavailable to greet guests.

• Daily – Public dayroom or Outdoors

*This schedule is subject to change at any time.
** Cleaning of the Dayroom will take place in the morning prior to family group coming out into the space, this may mean family does not appear until mid to late morning. The family group may also go back behind-the-scenes in the late afternoon. The family group being outdoors is also weather dependent.

Alika's Baby Book

C.C.'s Baby Book

Animals Temporarily Off Exhibit

  • African lions - Pride of the Plains
    Introduction of a new lion is taking place, so lions may not be visible at varying times. 

Note: When colder temperatures arrive, some animals may remain indoors until the temperatures reach a pre-determined high or they may choose to stay inside where you may not be able to see them.  

Exhibits Temporarily Closed

  • Pride of the Plains - Closed
    We'll be introducing a new lion to the outdoor habitat. In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible we will be closing the exhibit until the new lion is acclimated to her surroundings.
    Reopen: Undetermined

Attractions & Services Temporarily Closed

  • Windmill Road Entrance Drive & South Parking Lots (A&B) Closed
    Please enter through the main entrance on Zoo Blvd. Additional parking will be available in the grass lot, north of the Zoo.
    Reopen: July 26
  • Main Entrance Drive, North Parking Lots (D&E) & Bus Parking Lot (C)
    Closed: July 26
    Please enter through the Windmill road entrance drive. Additional parking will be available in the grass lot, north of the Zoo.
    Reopen: August 4
  • Big Bear Watering Hole - North America
    Closed: During the week
    Open: Weekends
  • Kookaburra Canteen - Australia and South America
    Closed: During the week
    Open: Weekends
  • Playground - The Downing Gorilla Forest
    May close when raining or just after it rains.


Animals Off Exhibit Long Term

None at this time.

Exhibits Closed Long Term

None at this time.

Attractions & Services Closed Long Term

None at this time.

Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.