20 March 2014

Happy 110th Birthday to Johannesburg Zoo & Zoo Lake

The Johannesburg Zoo & Zoo Lake celebrates 110 years in 2014. Birthday celebrations include a preliminary activation, a concert at the Zoo on Sunday 23 March 2014 and more activities until March 2015.

• The preliminary activation consists of a green box with a red button labeled “push” to generate interest and curiosity amongst the public. The box will be placed in 3 shopping malls with animal shaped balloons flying out once the red “push” button is pressed.

• The music concert on 23 March 2014 will feature SAMA award winning artist Thembi Ntaka, Generations actor & musician Naak Musiq with TV and radio presenter BUJY as MC. The birthday song will be performed by the Symphonic Orchestra band while a photo slide show of the Zoo’s 110 years history plays in the background. The concert runs from 11:00 – 15:00 at the Johannesburg Zoo Bandstand. Normal Zoo entry fees apply.

• There will be a photo opportunity for visitors at the photo booth area and promotional items sold as mementoes.

• Entertainment for the kids includes jumping castles, mime artists, stilts walkers and face painters.

• Guided tours will take place where visitors will be taken to old heritage sites and new animal enclosures around the Zoo.


It was in early 1904 that the firm of H. Eckstein & Co. offered the Town Council of Johannesburg 200 acres of land as a recreational venue. The transfer was completed on 22 March 1904 and was called “The Herman Eckstein Park” in memory of the founder of the firm. Today this land comprises of the Johannesburg Zoo and Zoo Lake, divided by Jan Smuts Avenue. The area has become the city’s hub for animal conservation activities and prides itself on high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct. It has also become one of Johannesburg’s favorite places to visit.


The year 2014 is dedicated to celebrating the long history of Johannesburg Zoo & Zoo Lake. More activities will be taking place until March 2015.




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