The Pet Expo South Africa is a vibrant and engaging event that promises an unforgettable experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages. With a plethora of interactive tours, workshops, special zoo days, and conservation efforts, it’s the perfect destination for those looking to indulge their love for animals in a fun and educational setting. Whether you’re keen on close encounters with majestic creatures, eager to learn about wildlife conservation, or simply looking for a unique way to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals, this expo has something special in store for everyone.

Key Takeaways

  • Experience the thrill of the Whisker-Wheel Tram and the Carnivore Caravan for unique insights into the lives of big cats and other carnivores.
  • Engage in hands-on activities such as the Enrichment Workshop to contribute to animal welfare or unwind at themed events like Whisky for Wildlife.
  • Celebrate special occasions with the zoo community through events like PAWS OFF and the mythical creatures-themed day, offering fun for the whole family.
  • Become a part of the zoo’s mission by joining as a member, participating in conservation conversations, and enjoying exclusive events and discounts.
  • Mark your calendars for not-to-be-missed events including the Eureka Springs Yoga Retreat and the Northwest Arkansas Music Hall of Fame celebration.

Fur-tastic Tours and Purr-sonal Encounters

Fur-tastic Tours and Purr-sonal Encounters

Hop on the Whisker-Wheel Tram: Big Cat Safari

All aboard the Whisker-Wheel Tram for a roaringly good time! This open-air guided tour is the cat’s meow, offering a purr-spective on the majestic big cats in their naturalistic habitats. Here’s what you can expect:

  • A whisker-tingling journey through large cat habitats
  • A tail-twitching behind-the-scenes look at refuge operations
  • The opportunity to learn about our staff’s advocacy work over a cup of joe

We’re not kitten around when we say this is a feline adventure like no other!

Don’t fur-get to book your spot in advance for the Exclusive Behind the Scenes Carnivore Caravan Tour, available only on weekends with limited seating. And for those early birds, the Coffee with the Curator Tour is a must. It’s a two-hour morning tour that’s simply purr-fect for starting your day. Check out our full schedule and make your reservation today!

Remember, every ticket helps support our conservation efforts. So, not only will you have a fantastic time, but you’ll also be contributing to a paws-itive cause. It’s a win-win!

Carnivore Caravan: The Exclusive Backstage Paws

Ever wondered what it’s like to be the cat’s whiskers? Well, hold onto your fur, because we’re about to let the cat out of the bag! Our Carnivore Caravan is the purr-fect opportunity to sneak a peek behind the scenes at our big cat habitats. It’s a pawsitively thrilling open-air guided tram tour that will have you feline fine!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Open-Air Guided Tram Tour: Spot the majestic big cats in their naturalistic habitats.
  • Exclusive Behind the Scenes: Get a glimpse of the refuge operations and see how we keep our paws on the pulse of conservation.
  • Coffee with the Curator: A two-hour early-morning tour that’s the cat’s pajamas! You’ll learn about our staff’s advocacy work and how we’re fighting the good fight for our furry friends.

We’re not kitten around when we say this tour is a must! It’s a rare chance to see how we cater to our carnivores, ensuring they live the good life. So, pounce on the opportunity and book your spot in advance – seating is as limited as a cat’s patience on bath day.

Don’t forget to check out CatsLuvUs for more feline fun and frolics. It’s the purr-fect place for cat lovers to claw their way into a community that celebrates all things cat-tastic!

Sip & Spill the Beans: Coffee with the Curator

Ever wondered what it’s like to be the cat’s whiskers in the zoo world? Well, fur-tunately for you, our Coffee with the Curator event is the purr-fect opportunity to find out! Imagine sipping on a hot cup of joe while our curator spills the beans on all the behind-the-scenes tails. It’s not just about the caffeine kick; it’s about getting a closer look at what makes our animal friends tick.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Open-Air Guided Tram Tour to see large cat habitats
  • A behind-the-scenes look at refuge operations with an Exclusive Behind the Scenes Carnivore Caravan Tour (Saturdays and Sundays – limited seating, book in advance)
  • Coffee with the Curator Tour to learn about the staff’s advocacy work (A two-hour early-morning tour – must reserve in advance)

We’re not kitten around when we say this is a once-in-a-lifetime oppurrtunity to learn more about our zoo’s conservation efforts and the incredible creatures we care for.

Don’t paws for too long, because spots are limited and you don’t want to miss out on this clawsome experience. And remember, every sip supports our furry friends! For more details and to book your spot, claw your way over to CatsLuvUs.

Paws and Reflect: Workshops and Activities

Paws and Reflect: Workshops and Activities

Crafty Critters: Enrichment Workshop Wonders

Ever wondered what it takes to keep our furry friends at the zoo not just happy, but pawsitively ecstatic? Well, we’ve got the purr-fect answer for you! Our Enrichment Workshop offers hands-on opportunities to create toys that cater to both the physical and mental health of our beloved animals. It’s a chance to engage with our Education Team and truly make a difference in the lives of these critters.

Imagine the satisfaction of watching a lion play with a toy you’ve crafted, or a monkey swinging from a rope you’ve braided. It’s not just about fun and games; it’s about enriching their lives in a meaningful way. And let’s not forget the unique on-site lodging where you can hear the big cats’ nighttime vocalizations. It’s like a lullaby from the wild, ensuring you have the most artistic accommodations for your stay.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Studio Demo with artisan Vicki Hardcastle.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Evening for Educators, a celebration of teachers and exquisite creatures.

And for those who want to dive deeper into the wild world of animal care, check out our [critter care forum at permies]( It’s a treasure trove of information where you can learn, share, and ask questions about all things critter-related.

So, grab your safari hat and let’s get crafty! It’s time to create, laugh, and learn in the most enchanting way possible. After all, this isn’t just any workshop; it’s a workshop where wonders never cease.

Food Truck Fridays: Feast Like a Beast

When the clock strikes the end of the workweek, it’s time to let your inner animal out to play – and what better way to do that than with a smorgasbord of delicious eats at Food Truck Fridays? From April 19th through September 27th, our Carousel Village transforms into a culinary jungle, where the flavors are as wild as the company.

  • Date: Every Friday
  • Time: April 19 – September 27
  • Location: Carousel Village

We’re not kitten around when we say this is the purr-fect way to end your week. With a variety of local food trucks to choose from, you’ll find something to satisfy every member of your pride. Whether you’re a carnivore craving a meat feast or a herbivore hunting for greens, we’ve got your back!

Don’t paws for thought – this is the event you’ve been waiting fur! Join us, let your taste buds roar, and remember, calories don’t count when you’re having this much fun.

For those who fancy a little more than just a bite, we’ve got a treat for you. Check out our website at CatsLuvUs for more whisker-licking details. It’s the purr-fect way to connect with fellow animal enthusiasts and support local businesses. So, mark your calendars, because missing out would be a cat-astrophe!

Whisky for Wildlife: A Spirited Soiree

When the sun sets and the zoo’s gates close, a different kind of beast comes out to play at our Whisky for Wildlife event. It’s a night where the spirits are as wild as the animals, and we’re not lion when we say it’s the cat’s meow of soirees!

We’ve got a purr-fect lineup of the finest whiskies waiting to be savored. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on tap:

  • The Roaring Malt: A bold blend with notes of adventure and the untamed.
  • Jungle Jive Juice: A smooth concoction that’ll have you swinging from the rafters.
  • Prowler’s Pure: A single malt that’s as elusive as our nocturnal felines.

At this event, we’re not just raising glasses; we’re raising awareness and funds for our furry friends. So, let’s toast to conservation and get a little whisker-faced!

Don’t forget to check out our whisker-licking good food pairings, designed to complement each dram. And for those who fancy a bit of knowledge with their nightcap, our whisker-wise experts will be on paw to share tales of the wild. It’s an evening that promises to be both educational and intoxicatingly fun!

For more details and to snag your tickets, scamper over to CatsLuvUs. It’s the purr-fect way to support a cause that’s close to our hearts. Remember, spots are limited, and you don’t want to miss out on this feline-fancy affair!

The ‘Mane’ Event: Special Zoo Days

The 'Mane' Event: Special Zoo Days

PAWS OFF: A Tail-Wagging Extravaganza

Get ready to unleash the fun at PAWS OFF, a day packed with tail-wagging excitement and fur-iendly activities! On April 27th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, we’re rolling out the red carpet for you and your four-legged companions. The extravaganza begins with a group Dog Walk that’s sure to set tails a-wagging. But that’s just the appetizer in our feast of fun!

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  • A variety of family-friendly games that will have you and your pup howling with joy
  • An array of stalls showcasing the latest in canine fashion and gadgets
  • Opportunities to learn about pet care from top-notch professionals

And let’s not forget the heartwarming support you’ll be providing by participating. Every paw-step you take helps raise funds for local animal shelters. So, mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this pawsome opportunity to bond with your best pal and support a great cause!

At PAWS OFF, every game is a chance to be the leader of the pack. So, bring your A-game and let’s make some memories that will last fur-ever!

For more details and to fetch your tickets, scamper over to CatsLuvUs. It’s going to be a barking good time, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Dragons and Mythical Creatures: A Roaring Good Time

Step right up, fellow adventurers, and prepare to be whisked away to a land where the fantastical becomes reality! Our latest exhibit is nothing short of a mythical marvel, where over 60 animatronic wonders will make your jaws drop and your imaginations soar.

As the sun sets, the enchantment begins. Imagine strolling through the twilight with the mighty roars and mesmerizing movements of dragons and other legendary beasts echoing through the air. It’s an add-on experience that’s not included with regular Zoo admission, but trust us, it’s worth every penny!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A sensory-friendly morning for those who prefer a calmer environment
  • Artisan showcases with the likes of Vicki Hardcastle, bringing her needle-felted mythical creatures to life
  • The Artrageous Parade, where fantasy meets the streets in a dazzling display

This isn’t just an exhibit; it’s a portal to another realm, a place where childhood dreams dance with reality.

Don’t forget to check out our other events like Food Truck Fridays and the Sip & Stroll: Battle of the Bands 90s Night. And for those who fancy a bit of creativity, join us for the Studio Demo with Vicki Hardcastle. It’s an adventure that’s always in the making, and you’re invited to be a part of it. For more details and to snag your tickets, scamper over to CatsLuvUs.

90s Night: A Wild Walk Down Memory Lane

Dust off your Tamagotchis and fluff up those scrunchies, because we’re about to take a wild walk down memory lane! Our 90s Night is the purr-fect blend of nostalgia and nature, with a lineup that’s sure to make you meow with delight. Imagine jamming to the Backstreet Boys with a backdrop of roaring lions – it’s like your childhood dreams clawed their way into reality!

We’ve got all the deets for a night that’s cooler than a polar bear’s toenails. So, grab your fanny packs and let’s get jiggy with it!

Here’s the skinny on what to expect:

  • A battle of the bands that’ll have you saying ‘I Want It That Way… with a side of animal roars!’
  • Food trucks serving up eats that are all that and a bag of chips.
  • A chance to win tickets to an extraordinary event that’s totally the cat’s pajamas.

Don’t miss out on this epic throwback event. For more information and to snag your tickets, claw your way over to CatsLuvUs. It’s going to be the cat’s meow!

Join the Zoo Crew: Membership and Conservation

Join the Zoo Crew: Membership and Conservation

Adopt an Adventure: Become a Zoo Member

Ever dreamt of being part of a pride, a pack, or perhaps a parliament of owls? Well, now’s your chance to join the ultimate animal alliance by becoming a Zoo Member! It’s not just a membership; it’s a year-round ticket to fur-filled escapades and untamed delight.

As a Zoo Member, you’ll enjoy a jungle of benefits that are simply too good to pass up:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Zoo
  • Discounts on special events and programs
  • Early access to new exhibits
  • Exclusive member-only events

By adopting an adventure with us, you’re not just getting unlimited visits; you’re also supporting our conservation efforts and becoming a vital part of our wild family.

And let’s not forget the purr-ks! Members get a 10% discount at our gift shop where you can find all sorts of goodies. From paw-some t-shirts to cuddly plush toys, there’s something for every animal lover. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about our special events—like the whisker-licking good Food Truck Fridays or the roar-some 90s Night—through our members-only newsletter.

Don’t pro-cat-stinate! Hop over to CatsLuvUs and claw your way to an exclusive membership. Remember, every time you visit, you’re contributing to our mission of wildlife conservation. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make some memories that will last nine lifetimes!

Conservation Conversations: Learn Our Impact

When it comes to conservation, we’re not kitten around! Our passion for wildlife is as fierce as a lion’s roar, and we’re clawing our way to make a real difference. Every time you visit, you become part of our pride, helping us to nurture nature and ensure our furry, feathered, and scaly friends have a purr-fect future.

We’ve got the ‘tail’ end of the story too! Our conservation efforts are not just about the big guys; we’re also talking about the little critters that make our ecosystem whole. Here’s a quick peek at our impact by the numbers:

Year Species Saved Trees Planted
2021 25 10,000
2022 32 15,000

We believe every whisker, wing, and webbed foot plays a vital role in our planet’s health. That’s why we’re dedicated to protecting biodiversity, one creature at a time.

Don’t fur-get to check out our pawsome partners who are helping us lead the charge in conservation. Together, we’re not just scratching the surface; we’re digging deep to create a world where all animals can thrive. So, let’s raise our paws and toast to a wilder world!

Zoo Lover’s Day: Celebrate with the Wild Ones

When it comes to showing our stripes for wildlife, Zoo Lover’s Day is the cat’s meow! We’re not kitten around when we say this day is purr-fect for all animal aficionados. It’s a day when we lionize our love for the zoo and all its inhabitants, from the stealthy predators to the gentle grazers.

On this day, we don’t just walk on the wild side; we leap into it with all four paws! We’ve got a lineup of tail-twitching activities that’ll make you roar with excitement. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Feline Good Yoga: Stretch and pose with our limber leopards.
  • Paw-etry in Motion: Recite odes to otters and sonnets for snakes.
  • Critter Crafts: Create mementos that are as unique as a zebra’s stripes.

We’re not just celebrating our love for animals; we’re taking action to ensure their future. Every laugh, every purr-chase, and every moment shared contributes to our conservation efforts.

Don’t fur-get to check out our special events and snag your tickets faster than a cheetah! And for those who can’t resist the allure of the feline kind, we’ve got something special. Visit CatsLuvUs for a whisker-licking good time with all things cat-related. Remember, when you celebrate Zoo Lover’s Day with us, you’re not just having fun—you’re making a difference. So, let’s get our paws together and honor these magnificent creatures in the wildest way possible!

Claws for Celebration: Upcoming Zoo Events

Claws for Celebration: Upcoming Zoo Events

Eureka Springs Yoga Retreat: Stretch with the Species

We’re not kitten around when we say that the Eureka Springs Yoga Retreat is the purr-fect way to find your inner peace and outer flexibility. Imagine stretching alongside the serene sights of the Basin Park Hotel, with a lineup of top-notch yoga instructors that’ll have you feline good from whisker to tail. This isn’t just any catnap; it’s a full-on cat-asana festival!

Here’s the scoop for all you cool cats and kittens planning to join us:

  • Dates: April 26 – April 28
  • Location: Basin Park Hotel, Downtown Eureka Springs
  • Activities: Yoga classes, workshops, all meals mentioned, and welcome gifts
  • Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

And don’t forget, after you’ve stretched your paws, you can always explore more of what Eureka Springs has to offer. Check out CatsLuvUs for some pawsitively amazing cat-themed goodies that’ll have you purring with delight.

We look forward to bringing you together for a weekend that promises to be the cat’s meow of yoga retreats. With a whisker of adventure and a tail of relaxation, it’s the ideal getaway for any animal lover looking to unwind.

So, mark your calendars, pack your mats, and get ready to say ‘namastay’ in the most meowgical place on earth. And remember, it’s not about touching your toes; it’s about what you learn on the way down!

Northwest Arkansas Music Hall of Fame: Beats and Beasts

Calling all cool cats and kittens! Get ready to rock your paws off at the Northwest Arkansas Music Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are the cat’s meow, and we’re not kitten around! With a lineup that promises to be the purr-fect blend of nostalgia and fresh tunes, you’ll want to mark your calendars from January 31 to December 31 for a year-long celebration of meow-sic that’s simply claw-some.

Here’s the scoop: the Class of 2024 will be announced on January 31, and trust us, it’s going to be a tail-twitching affair. But wait, there’s more! We’ve got a list of activities that will make you want to curl up and purr with delight:

  • April 15 & 16: Tower Bar Sessions featuring the enchanting harpist Shae Zalensk.
  • April 23: An evening with Jon Batiste, the cool cat of jazz, on his Uneasy Tour.
  • April 25 & 26: Collide at The Momentary, where music and art… well, collide!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to strut your stuff and show your love for the local music scene. It’s going to be a feline frenzy of fun!

And for those traveling with their furry friends, [Billings offers luxurious accommodations]( for pets with gourmet dining, grooming, and playtime for cats, and outdoor adventures for dogs. Budget-friendly options and unique pet-friendly hotel designs are also available. So, whether you’re a local or just passing through, join us for a purr-ty that celebrates the heart and soul of our vibrant music community.

Exquisite Creatures: The Exhibit You Can’t Miss

If you’re prowling around for an experience that will leave your whiskers twitching with excitement, look no further than the Exquisite Creatures exhibit. This is not just any catwalk; it’s a full-on parade of nature’s most intricate designs, where art, science, and the natural world entwine in a spectacular display of biodiversity.

Our exhibit is a purr-fect blend of education and entertainment, making it the cat’s meow for families, school groups, and anyone with a curiosity for the wilder side of life. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Interactive Bird Shows: Spread your wings and soar through knowledge with our feathered friends.
  • Studio Demos: Get up close with the artisans, like Vicki Hardcastle, and witness the creation of mythical creatures.
  • Evening for Educators: A night dedicated to our marvelous teachers with art, trivia, and more.

Embrace the call of the wild and discover the untamed beauty that nature has to offer. This is your chance to connect with the animal kingdom in a way that’s both enlightening and enchanting.

Don’t forget to pounce on the opportunity to join our Zoo family. By becoming a member, you’re not just getting unlimited visits; you’re supporting our conservation efforts and becoming part of a community that cares deeply about our planet’s future. For more information on how to get involved, visit CatsLuvUs.

Houston’s vibrant pet scene offers cat-centric events, pet-friendly parks, cat cafes, and accommodations. Connect with fellow cat enthusiasts, explore the city with your feline friend, and enjoy a variety of activities tailored for cats and their owners.

Get ready to unleash the fun at our ‘Claws for Celebration’ zoo events! It’s the purr-fect opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of our feline friends and participate in exciting activities for all ages. Don’t miss out on the chance to create unforgettable memories with your family. Visit our website now to book your tickets and learn more about the special offers waiting for you, including a chance to claim your first night free with a 3-night stay for new customers. Let the adventure begin!

Conclusion: Purr-fect Ending to a Tail-wagging Day!

As the sun sets on another fantastic Pet Expo South Africa, we can’t help but paws and reflect on the fur-tastic time we’ve all had. Whether you came for the bark-tacular dog walks or the purr-sonal tours with the big cats, it’s been a day to remember. Don’t fur-get to check out the ‘pawsome’ toys from the Enrichment Workshop – they’re the cat’s meow! And remember, while the prices for admission may not be kitten-sized, every rand spent supports our animal friends and the zoo’s conservation efforts. So, until next time, keep your tails up and whiskers wiggly, and let’s all give a round of appaws for an event that was truly the cat’s pajamas!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the tour options available at the Pet Expo?

Visitors can enjoy the Open-Air Guided Tram Tour to see large cat habitats, the Exclusive Behind the Scenes Carnivore Caravan Tour on weekends (booking required), and the early-morning Coffee with the Curator Tour to learn about the staff’s advocacy work (reservation needed).

Are there any special activities for animal lovers?

Yes, there are several activities such as the Enrichment Workshop to create toys for animals, Food Truck Fridays, and Whisky for Wildlife events. Additionally, there are interactive bird shows and family-friendly games during special zoo days like PAWS OFF.

Can I become a member of the zoo, and what are the benefits?

Absolutely! By becoming a zoo member, you join our zoo family for a year of adventure, with benefits like free admission for toddlers and members, and you contribute to our conservation efforts.

What are the ticket prices for the daytime zoo?

Daytime zoo prices are $21 for adults, $15 for children aged 2-12, $17 for seniors 62+, and free for toddlers over 1 and zoo members.

Are there any upcoming special events at the zoo?

Yes, upcoming events include the Eureka Springs Yoga Retreat, the Northwest Arkansas Music Hall of Fame ceremony, and the Exquisite Creatures exhibit. Check our calendar for dates and ticket information.

What is the ‘PAWS OFF’ event, and when is it happening?

PAWS OFF is a day of wagging tails and family-friendly games, including a group Dog Walk and various activities to enjoy with your furry friend. It’s happening on April 27 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.