SATURDAY NIGHT AUGUST 1     5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. AT NIABI ZOO

The final food and drink menus are being finalized for Pints. Here's a sneak peek at what presenting sponsor Stern Beverage plans to have available at the 5th annual beer tasting:

Uinta, Tighthead, Ommegang, Lost Coast, Shiner, Erdinger, Goose Island, Redhook, Widmer, Potosi, Great River, Lena, Millstream, Backpocket and Bent River.

Not into beer? Don't worry! There will also be a handful of wines from Metal Label, Wombat and Found Stone. And if you're more of a cocktail drinker, Mixx Tails will have several mixed drinks.

Dress casual, bring your friends (21 and older) and eat and drink your way through the zoo stopping at the animal exhibits. With the 5:30 start time, you'll have plenty of daylight to explore the zoo.

The Niabi Zoological Society will use funds raised at Pints for future improvements at the zoo. Thank you for supporting your community zoo.


$30 Niabi Zoo Members
$35 non-members and guests
Buy a 6-pack for the member price of $160
non-members pay only $190.

Before you hear how bored your kids are, get out to Niabi Zoo for a day of animal exploration and family fun.

A visit to the zoo lasts about two hours, depending on the age of the child and how many trips you take on the carrousel and train.

New food options make it easy and more nutritious to have lunch at the zoo.

Insider tip: Come to the zoo right at 10 a.m. to beat the mid-day heat and see the animals in the morning when they are most active. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Final admission each day is 4 p.m.

Become a member to beat the summer boredom and get in free for a full year. Click here to see all the great membership perks.


The annual event is back on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. It's a day just for kids where they can act like a monkey, do fun activities and visit the vendor booths. The event is free for zoo members and regular zoo admission applies. No RSVP required.


Sunday, June 21, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

World Giraffe Day is an initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), celebrating the longest-necked animal, on the longest day of the year.  Niabi is hosting games and activities and offering a chance to win a giraffe encounter.

Public giraffe feedings are 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $4 a person and can be purchased at the front gate or with cash at the giraffe platform.

You can do your holiday shopping right here and find unique Niabi Zoo gifts for every child and adult on your list. Shop local and support your community zoo. Receive a complimentary reusable Niabi Zoo bag with any purchase.

Niabi Zoo gifts can be purchased online or by calling (309) 799-3482 ext. 222.

Niabi's snow leopards are excited that winter is coming. Get out to the zoo this weekend before the zoo closes for the season and enjoy fun activities to celebrate these elusive big cats.
Kira and Niko will be the stars of Keeper Chats, free educational talks by a Niabi zookeeper that will give you all kinds of interesting animal facts.
There's more fun with games, a raffleand you can sign up for your chance to win a behind the scenes tour with the snow leopards. 
Click here to download a coloringsheet and your artwork will be on display until the zoo closes for the season.
Sign up this Saturday to become a snow leopard ADOPTparent for only $50 and get great perks:
A snow leopard plush in a Niabi Zoo green reusable bag
Certificate of ADOPTION
Info sheet and photo of a snow leopard
Bonus info sheets from the Snow Leopard Trust

Click here to view the silent auction items

Bid from home from your computer, tablet or text your bids with your cell phone. It's easy and fun and gives you a way to support future exhibits at Niabi Zoo.

Here's How It Works

Click here for the auction website

Click the orange Register for Auction button near the top of the screen and follow the simple instructions. You will be asked to provide your cell number and credit card. You will ONLY be charged if you donate or win an auction item. There is no fee to browse or register.

Cool Bidding Features

Receive text messages showing when you've been outbid, reply with a higher bid or set your maximum bid.

To set your maximum bid, enter the item number, your maximum bid amount, and the letter M to indicate the maximum you are willing to bid. The system will automatically bid for you until you win or your max is met. To check the status of your bids, reply to any Qtego text with the word STATUS and send. You'll receive a text showing items on which you are the current high bidder.

Zoofari Attendees

Sign up for the auction in advance or see any Qtego staffer in a bright orange t-shirt upon arriving at Zoofari if you need assistance.

Be sure to fully charge your cell phone!

You can use your cell phone at Zoofari to purchase 2013 Honda Fit Sport raffle tickets for $25 each (donated by Zimmerman Honda), take a 1 in 100 chance to win a $1,500 diamond from Necker's Jewelers for only $40, or fund a need at any level of giving to support future exhibits at the zoo. By registering through Qtego for your purchases, check out is a breeze.

Be sure to check out the live auction items by clicking here. Several group trips are available so contact your friends about bidding together for a fantastic getaway!

Dress is casual for the event and the tent will be heated. Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes for walking on grass.

Bring your charged up phone. Bring your appetite. And bring your friends to Zoofari for a fun night to support Niabi Zoo. The event starts at 6 pm.

Tickets are $100 each and still available by clicking here.

Tables of 8 are $800 and a VIP table with bottle service is $1,000.

Ticket sales are brisk for Zoofari Brazil: BIG! BRIGHT! BEAUTIFUL! Your $100 ticket includes heavy appetizers and multi-course, Brazilian-inspired dinner from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, open bar, animal entertainment and the opportunity to win a car, exotic trips, adventure packages and fine jewelry. Proceeds from Zoofari support plans for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi Zoo.

Here's a sneak peek at live and silent auction items:

Trip to Brazil

Guys' trip to Boston

Napa Valley wine trip

Hot tub

Sports fans packages

Health and wellness pampering packages

Niabi Zoo parties

Dinner and hotel packages


Celebrity memorabilia

Can't make it to Zoofari? You can still support the Zoo and get in on the action by purchasing a $25 raffle ticket for a 2013 Honda Fit Sport from Zimmerman Honda. You do not need to be present to win or purchase a ticket and there is no limit to individual ticket purchases. Raffle tickets will be sold through Saturday, October 4. Click here to purchase a car raffle ticket or click here for more details about the car.

Attendance will be capped, so get your RSVP in today before the event sells out! Click here to purchase tickets through a secure, third party event registration vendor.



October 18

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

It's a special day just for Niabi's snow leopards, Niko and Kira. The day is packed with  zookeeper chats to teach you more about these elusive big cats, games and a raffle where you can win snow leopard paw print artwork or even a behind the scenes tour with the snow leopards. The gift shop is stocked with special snow leopard merchandise with proceeds going to the Snow Leopard Trust for conservation efforts.

Enter our coloring contest by October 13. Download our snow leopard picture by clicking here. Kids can bring in their pictures to be displayed in our Jungle Trek building through Boo at the Zoo, October 26, or mail your picture to the zoo by the 13th.

Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Snow Leopard Day.


October 25-26

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Niabi's most attended event spans two days of trick-or-treat fun. Boo at the Zoo provides children with the opportunity to have a merry, not scary, fun time in a controlled and safe environment. Businesses and non-profit organizations participate by decorating a designated area in a Halloween theme, staff the booth dressed in costume, and give out goodies to the children as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.

Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Boo at the Zoo. Beat the lines and purchase a membership online for faster entry into the zoo.



Zoo Tots, classes for kids 2-4 years of age, runs all winter long! Classes meet the first Thursday or Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (classes are the same on either day, but topics are different each month).

Click here for the class topics or to register.

Members receive a discount on class registrations!



October 18  -  8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Have breakfast in the jungle at Niabi Zoo. A warm breakfast awaits you in the Jungle Trek where you can see the new tamarin exhibit and explore other rainforest animals. Your breakfast adventure includes admission to Niabi Zoo before it opens for the day. Zoo members $18, non-members $22.

Santa is coming for breakfast on December 6! To register for this popular event, call (309) 799-3482 ext. 222.



Over 800 guests ignored the pesky early showers on Friday, September 5 and attended Pints for Preservation. The event was a huge success, helping raise money for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi. There was plenty of beer on tap, along with wine and a whisky cocktail that tasted like fall in a glass. The addition of food vendors this year made the event an even greater value. Got a restaurant? Click here if you would like to share your food next year.

Watch for the Pints 2015 date to be released when Niabi Zoo opens for the season next spring. Thank you, guests, for attending Pints for Preservation and supporting Niabi Zoo!



Vote Niabi Zoo as your favorite place in the Quad Cities and help the zoo earn $3 for your vote. Click here to vote in at least 30 categories to make your vote count. It only takes a few minutes to vote and is a no cost way you can make a donation to Niabi Zoo.
2014 HOURS

Final day of the 2014 season is October 26

10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Closed Mondays

Last admission of the day is 3:00




Niabi Zoo Uproar

Princess and Pirate Day


11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

New event! Kids come dressed as their favorite princess or pirate and enjoy up-close animal encounters, games and a costume parade at 1:00 p.m. Regular admission rates.

The zoo's summer education programming for kids is totally new this summer! Camps are one week long per age group for kids entering K-8th grades.

Every camper will take tours of the zoo, get up-close during animal encounters, make crafts, participate in activities and have fun!

Camps start June 16. Click here for the summer's full camp schedule. Register today, space is limited.

Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL, is now open for the 2014 season.


Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last admission of the day is 4:00 p.m.


Adults 13+ $8.25

Seniors 62+ $7.25

Kids Ages 3-12 $6.25

Kids under 3 get in free

Call (309) 799-3482 or visit for more information.



Start off 2014 by renewing your zoo membership so you're ready for opening day in the spring.


Need a last minute gift idea? Buy an individual or family membership and include the grandparents with the membership.


Stop by the zoo this week Thurs 10-3 pm or Fri 10-1 pm, shop by phone at (309) 799-3482 ext. 237 or use the link below to buy from the secure website.


The keepers have a few items for the animals on their wish list:


Towels, Plastic Food Containers, Unsalted Peanuts, Large Pet Carrier,

Perfumes, Frisbee.


Drop off donations M-F 8:30-4 (closed Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1) or mail to:


Niabi Zoo

Attn: Mandy Turnbull

13010 Niabi Zoo Rd

Coal Valley, IL 61240




Become the "parent" of a Niabi Zoo animal or give the gift of an adoption.


ADOPTs start at just $35 and come with great perks include a certificate, photo of your animal, zoo decal and recognition in the zoo's ADOPT display.


Spend $100 to get free passes and $500 gets you a behind the scenes tour.


Place your order online.




Carve your best Jack-o-lantern and bring it to the administration center of the zoo by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 25. Entries must be carved, no paint or other embellishments. Pumpkins will be judged by zoo staff and winners will be chosen in each of these categories: scariest, silliest and zoo themed. All entries will be displayed at Boo at the Zoo with prizes for the winners.




Boo at the Zoo is two days of family fun with trick-or-treating in the daytime. Bring your trick-or-treat bag and go booth to booth collecting goodies from vendors from 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes and celebrate at Niabi's biggest event of the year. Admission tickets can be purchased in advance at the zoo for faster entrance. It's Halloween fun for all.




Niabi Zoo will close for the 2013 season at the conclusion of Boo at the Zoo on Sunday, October 27. Visit the zoo this week to see your favorite animals and catch the fall foliage at the zoo. Members always get in free!



10:00 - 4:00 Through Fri

9:30 - 5:00 Sat-Sun for Boo at the Zoo