Spooktacular 2022

Friday, 10/14 | Saturday, 10/15 | Sunday, 10/16
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Exclusive First Access Tickets For Members Starting Tuesday, 9/6
Tickets Available For All Starting Tuesday, 9/13

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Join the Staten Island Zoo, Urban Advantage, and our partners from NYC Parks and The Bee Conservancy for our Family Science Day! Explore the fascinating world of science through hands-on activities, crafts, games, and more. This event is a part of our Urban Advantage program, but anyone entering the Zoo on this date is welcome to participate! All activities are free with Zoo admission.

If you are an Urban Advantage program participant click here to learn more.

Note: Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Birds of a feather will flock together at our Raptor Day with Sky Kings Falconry. Our event is “free-for-owl” with admission to the Zoo. Get a front row seat to SkyKings’ free-flight show and learn about birds of prey from around the world. Free with Zoo admission.  FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14. Event runs from 12PM-3PM on both Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, August 20th and / or Sunday, August 21st to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Join the Zoo as we host local conservation organizations that are working toward a greener future.  Explore ways you can be a part of preserving our environment by trying different hands-on activities, creating crafts, and hearing keeper talks.  Free with Zoo admission.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, August 7th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Did you know that birds and crocodiles are the closest living relatives to dinosaurs? Take a step back in time to learn about our animal’s prehistoric ancestors through keeper talks, games, and activities. You will also have a chance to meet our modern day relatives of the dinosaurs through our ambassador animals. Free with Zoo admission.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, July 31st to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Get ready to snake, rattle, and roll!  Learn all about the Zoo’s impressive reptile collection through activities focusing on wildlife conservation and animal adaptations. Discover all the amazing adaptations reptiles have! Free with Zoo admission. FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, July 16th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Come celebrate World Meerkat Day to meet our resident mob of meerkats who love to interact with guests at their exhibit window! Grab your family and friends to take part in fun and interactive activities, keeper talks while learning about meerkats, their habitat and their social structures! Free with Zoo admission. FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, July 3rd to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Humble honeybees, marvelous monarchs, and beautiful bats!  Celebrate all the pollinators that help produce 75% of the food we eat.  See how many you can find around the zoo and create a seed bomb to start your own pollinator garden! Free with Zoo admission. FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, June 25th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to on on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Naked Mole-Rat au Natural

Naked Mole-rats have been studied in laboratories for decades due to their unique ability to offer insights into new treatments from cancer to epilepsy. Data from animal studies, however, is only as good as the welfare of the animal’s being studied. Jouvay’s research looks into ensuring that these tiny heroes are kept in enclosures which mimic their natural habitat as closely as possible.

Guest speaker, Jouvay Pantophlet is a self- proclaimed Professional Pooper-Scooper. They have been lucky enough to be a researcher of freshwater turtles, sea turtles, birds, and mice as well as a Zookeeper at the Staten Island Zoo and a Certified Dog Trainer. Currently, they are a Laboratory Animal Technician at the College of Staten Island. Their research focuses on increasing the health, happiness, and overall welfare of the animals that participate in research at CSI.

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration

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World Ocean’s Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.   Join the Staten Island Zoo, Urban Advantage, and millions of others around our blue planet as we honor our oceans, which connect is all.  Learn about what the ocean does for us, its aquatic residents, the importance of ocean conservation, and how we can help protect and conserve it.  Part of AZA’s Party for the Planet!  Free with Zoo admission.  FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, June 12th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin!  Along with our partner, the Turtle Survival Alliance, we’ll have a fun-filled afternoon learning about the steps we can take to ensure these amazing animals survive the test of time. Returning this year by popular demand, our TURTLE RACES! Free with Zoo admission.  FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, May 29th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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The Staten Island Zoo has more than 70 endangered or threatened species, including Amur leopards, Aruba rattlesnakes, Panamanian golden frogs, and more! Visit us on Endangered Species Day Sunday, May 22nd to learn more about the importance of protecting endangered species and how to take everyday actions to help them survive! In partnership with ECO-CELL, support gorilla conservation and the Staten Island Zoo by bringing your old and used electronic devices and receive a free ticket to the Conservation Carousel OR Kids’ Korral! Mining for coltan, a mineral widely used in cell phones and other portable communication devices, is threatening gorillas and other forest species in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Electronic devices that can be recycled include: cell phones, smartphones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, tablets, Apple\Android watches, bluetooth, tablets. GPS, MP3 players, e-readers, or digital cameras. ECO-CELL recommends that individuals donating cellphones discontinue service and factory reset their phones before turning them in for recycling. Part of AZA’s Party for the Planet! Free with Zoo admission. FREE giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, April 24th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to on on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Behavioral Conversations: A Keeper – Animal Bond

Zookeepers are the most visible members of the zoological park team. Yet due to the unique nature of their work,  it is often rare for the public to glean behind the scenes insight of  their daily duties. Zookeepers often specialize in a fauna group, such as working with birds, big cats, elephants, or aquatic species. This includes training with some of the smallest to largest exotic and endangered animals. Hmm…why do zookeepers use training as a valuable means to engage with their animals? Keepers use positive reinforcement to improve the trust/relationship between animal and keeper.

Join us as our guest speaker, Emma Jackson, Tropical Forest Lead Keeper, and Training Coordinator, shares her personal journey.

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Join us Saturday, May 14th for Scavenger Safari!  During this walk-through experience, you’ll receive a Safari Passport and a list of 30 items to find or activities to participate in.  Whether this is your first visit, or you are a lifetime member of the Zoo, you’ll find all kinds of hidden gems throughout the grounds! You can compete as an individual, or get your friends and family together and play as a team!  Participants of all ages are welcome.

Event runs rain or shine.

$25

Event ticket includes Zoo admission, a Safari Passport, a Safari T-Shirt, a Café Food Voucher with a  choice of  (1) Hot Dog, Chicken Nuggets or Potato Knish and choice of (1) Water or Soda, Activities and Games throughout the Zoo

Note: Advance ticket reservations are required for this event. Event tickets will not be sold at the Zoo’s entrance gate. Click on the ticket link below to secure your spot! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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It’s hard work running a farm, especially with all the animals that need attention….goats, donkeys, chickens, alpaca, geese, and more!  We’ll show you how it’s done.  Spring is sheep shearing time, removing the heavy winter coats from our flock.  Professional sheep shearer Pete Sepe of Sepe Farms will demonstrate how the wool is expertly sheared! Free with Zoo admission.  FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14. 

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, April 24th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Party for the Earth! Every day is Earth Day at the Staten Island Zoo but on this very special day we’ll be showcasing steps you can take that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe! Activities and a scavenger hunt will be available throughout the event. Part of AZA’s Party for the Planet! Free with Zoo admission.  FREE giveaway to the first 100 children under 14. 

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Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Friday, April 22nd to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Hop into Spring with us at the Zoo and participate in our contactless egg hunt! Eggs will be hidden around the Zoo in the form of QR Codes. Scan our hidden eggs to hatch fun activities and animal trivia facts to learn more about our egg laying residents. Keeper talks will be scheduled throughout the event. Free with Zoo admission.

Please note: There will be no physical eggs hidden at the Zoo.

Note: Reserving admission tickets in advance is recommended but not required. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, April 10th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Jump, hop, leap on over to the Staten Island Zoo on World Frog Day! Learn from our keepers all about our frogs and how zoos around the world are working together to save endangered species of frogs! Discover how to get involved with the Zoo’s citizen science FrogWatch USA program! Free with Zoo admission.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, March 20th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Roses are red, violets are blue, this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ll be at the Zoo! Love is in the air, and there is nothing we love more than our animal friends!  Help us show them how special they are by making them enrichment and special Valentine’s Day messages. Free with Zoo admission.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, February 12th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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Can you jump as far as a frog?  Can you balance like a mountain goat?  Can you forage as well as a raccoon?Compete and find out at our Zoolympics! Celebrate the 2022 Winter Olympics at the Staten Island Zoo. Free with Zoo admission.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, February 6th to reserve your tickets! Guests should enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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We’re kicking off the Year of the Tiger with a Lunar New Year Celebration. Enjoy keeper talks, crafts, and meet our ambassador animals featuring animals of the lunar calendar. Free with Zoo admission.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, January 30th to reserve your tickets! Guests should enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!

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In Preparation For Spooktacular 2022, The Zoo Will Be Closed Friday, 10/14. The Zoo Will Also Be Closing Early, At 2:00PM, Saturday, 10/15, & Sunday, 10/16. We Look Forward To A Spooktacular Weekend!
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