Sustainability is a core theme driving the Louisville Zoo‘s mission “to better the bond between people and our planet.” By educating visitors about wildlife conservation through amazing encounters with animal ambassadors and nature, the Louisville Zoo works to demonstrate how our actions at home impact delicate ecosystems across the planet and inspire guests to consider their role in the balance of the health of our planet.

Sustainability efforts are constantly evolving at the Zoo and include the first community composting project, as well as the first bioclimatic ecotherm exhibit in the country — the HerpAquarium exhibit — which also features a green roof.

Glacier Run


Award-winning Glacier Run was designed to showcase conservation practices: water reclamation; natural convection cooling lowering utility usage; chillers, HVAC and lighting systems specified to meet the highest level of energy efficient operations available. The Zoo also created the first recirculating splash park water system in the city.

The Zoo is installing solar panels on the roof of the Zoo administrative building to offset energy consumption and plans to create a new green roof for Lorikeet landing this year. The Zoo’s staff and internal Green Team regularly explore new ways to be more sustainable.

Earth Month Transformation ContestAll this month plan to attend a Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth hosted by the Zoo and powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. Events, activities and displays by eco-partners help guests learn ways they can be more sustainable and do their part to help our planet.

Another remarkable animal ambassador recently arrived at the Zoo with the birth of a baby gorilla girl bringing attention to Western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species whose wild population has declined rapidly over the past decade, often due to habitat destruction and unsustainable practices.Gorilla Baby Girl

The Zoo partners with Eco-Cell, Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) to help strengthen fragile ecosystems.

The Louisville Zoo is proud to be a member of the Louisville Sustainability Council, joining with like minds in the drive for a more sustainable community and a healthier planet.