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Throughout the year there are a number of special events for the public and members of the zoo.

From Spooktacular to Zoobilee every season there is something happening here.

Be sure to look below to learn about what is happening next.

2016 Spooktacular!



Night at the Haunted Museum Returns for 2016!








Zoo Tunes

A Summer Concert Series

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Zoo Tunes 2015 was a success! Over 300 people came and enjoyed the music, the food and the beer/wine tasting! We’re looking forward to having this again in the summer of 2016.

Breakfast with the Beasts

Information Coming Soon!

Have a look through some of our other up coming Events!

Holiday Party at the Zoo

Children and families will have a chance to see Santa Claus at Riverside Discovery Center during RDC’s annual Holiday at the Zoo celebration December 12 from 11am – 2pm. In addition to Santa, this year the event will feature children’s winter crafts and activities, caroling, cookie decorating, and a chance to watch the animals open their presents. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras for fun photo opportunities with Santa and other winter decorations.

RDC staff will also be serving hot cocoa, chili and s’mores as concessions to warm people up as they celebrate the season. If you’re looking to put something wild under the Christmas tree this year, annual memberships will be available for purchase as gifts during the event.

This will be a fun holiday event for everyone, including our animals! They love getting into their presents almost as much as the public enjoys watching!

Call (308) 630-6236 for more Info.

Jingle Paws

Animals Like Presents Too!

During the month of December RDC runs its annual Jingle Paws campaign

To allow the local community to include the animals at the zoo in their gifting plans, Christmas trees with gift idea decorations are placed at various local businesses and in the Zoo gift shop.

If interested, you can simply choose to buy any suggested gift you like for the animals and bring it to the zoo at Christmas time.

Santa, his helpers and Ms. Claus will come one day to see all the generous gifts that have been given to our animals

Enrichment All Year Round

Your generosity means that we have new toys and treats for the animals that lasts us for half the year.

All the gifts are incorporated into our enrichment plans for the resident animals. Enrichment is used to enhance the lives of our animals by stimulating natural behaviors and providing novelty and appropriate choices on a daily basis.

Enrichment prevents boredom and alleviates stress, it also provides fun for animals, staff, volunteers and visitors alike.

Gift Ideas

Below is a list of suggested items to donate and many items that animals like to play with.

From lions trying to figure out what that unusual scent is, or chimps “fishing” for pudding; animals enjoy this enrichment year round.

Balls (all kinds) Crackers Ice Cream Cones Peanut Butter
Applesauce Mini Marshmallows Jolly Balls Juice
Shelled Nuts Peanuts Rope Toys Raisins
Oatmeal Honey Mixed Nuts (unsalted) Sardines
Storage Containers (all sizes) Dried Fruit Rice Cakes Pudding
Spices Pet Taxi Rawhides Tennis Balls
Vanilla Wafers Treat Balls/Kongs Dixie Cups Trail Mix
Canned Fruits Canned Vegetables Cereal

Discovery Facts

Colobus monkey can jump up to 50 feet.

Click Here for more Fun Facts about the Colobus Monkey!

Birthday Parties
Got a Birthday Coming Up?
Give your little explorer a birthday party they won’t forget!
We’ve got birthday party packages, animal visits and more.
Click Here for More Info or Contact Us at 308-630-6236.
Special Events
Got a Special Event Coming Up?
Rent the Gazebo area at RDC for your family or organization’s Special Event.
We’ve got a beautiful, shaded picnic table area, clean air and grrrreat scenery.
Contact Us for More Info at 308-630-6236.