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Press release
May 29, 2012                                                  

Evening openings will be held at Bristol Zoo from next week as it holds two ‘Sunset Special’ events.

Members of the public will be able to visit the Zoo after closing time on Friday June 8 and Friday July 13, to take advantage of the rare opportunity to enjoy the Zoo as the sun goes down.

All the Zoo’s animal houses and exhibits will be open, giving visitors the chance to see everything from lions, gorillas and penguins to monkeys, seals and meerkats. The Zoo’s new DinoZoo exhibition, featuring 12 animatronic dinosaurs, will also be open.

Throughout both evenings there will be a programme of animal encounters, talks and face painting will be available at a small charge. There will also be special appearances from Larry the Lemur. Entertainment from the Cotswold big band will complement a variety of food and drinks including the Bath ales bar.

Chris Page, Head of Guest Services at Bristol Zoo said: “This really is a fantastic opportunity to visit Bristol Zoo at a special time of day and experience the Zoo at the sun goes down – it certainly promises to be a Friday night out with a difference.”

Tickets are still available and advance tickets are available at the discounted rate of £13 for adults and £7.50 for children/concessions. Family tickets are £37.50. Doors open at 6pm and last entry is at 9pm and animal houses will close between 9-9.30pm, weather dependent.

To books tickets for Sunset Special please visit the website at or phone 0117 974 7300.


For press enquiries please contact Bristol Zoo’s press office:

Lucy King, T: 0117 974 7306, or email:

Hannah Worrall, T: 0117 974 7309, email:

Notes to the Editor:

Bristol Zoo Gardens

·         Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 

·         Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 

·         It employs over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 

·         Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.

·         In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.

·         In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.