San Diego, California - After the San Diego Zoo has closed its gates for the evening, but before the animals have turned in for the night, guests will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend Wild Night Out—21 and Up, an exclusive event for adults only. During Wild Night Out, guests are invited to enjoy a special preview of the Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo celebration, without the kids and the crowds—and with added perks, such as unique talks with keepers, up-close animal ambassador presentations, a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, soda or water) and more!

Upon entering the Zoo, guests will be greeted by our loveable Zoo characters before embarking on a fun evening of festivities and live entertainment—including toe-tapping musical stylings from Zoo favorites. Guests will also get a chance to meet and greet spectacular handcrafted puppets before being amazed by their electrifying 20-minute procession along Front Street at the end of the night: “Jambo!” In this nightly extravaganza, the puppets and their skilled puppeteers—led by the Chameleons band—will thrill audiences with a must-see spectacle; and traditional African dancers will wow the crowd with a special performance.   

Wild Night Out—21 and Up is set for June 13, with activities from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo, located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.

Wild Night Out—21 and Up tickets are $40 and include Zoo admission after 6 p.m., plus one beverage voucher. Tickets are available online at or at Zoo ticket booths. Parking is free.

The San Diego Zoo is globally recognized and a San Diego icon, hosting more than 4 million guests each year. At the San Diego Zoo, visitors can watch penguins and sharks swim, observe the behavior of century-old Galápagos tortoises, enjoy the beauty of exotic orchids, marvel at the playful nature of giant pandas, explore walkthrough aviaries filled with the songs and colors of rare birds, and appreciate the power of leopards and jaguars. The San Diego Zoo is also accredited by the American Association of Museums as a Botanical Garden. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species at the San Diego Zoo, they are directly contributing, through admission and on-grounds sales, to the efforts of San Diego Zoo Global, an international nonprofit conservation organization that works to fight extinction through recovery efforts for plants and animals worldwide. To learn more, visit