Southwick's Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo is home to over 850 animals, such as chimpanzees, lions, giraffes, colorful mandrill monkeys, and many endangered species, including white rhinos. Southwick’s also offers educational and entertaining shows. Along with the entertainment, you will find stunning, large, naturalistic habitats for the animals. Other popular venues at the zoo include: Avian Adventures presentation, The EARTH Discovery Center, picnic grounds, kiddie rides, petting zoo, Woodland’s Express Train, Skyfari Skyride, deer forest, picnic grounds, a play park, food venues, the elegant purple peacock gift shop, and parakeet landing. 
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Contact Info
Address: 2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756. Tel: 800-258-9182 ext. 501. Email: Website: Hrs: 10AM-5PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3-4 hours. Cost: Fee.

Zoos Fun Facts

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as human fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. They also need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When visiting the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways that the animals have adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them to survive.

Most zoos provide free educational resources to make your trip more meaningful; some offer group tours. You can also ask about animal feeding times or other events and plan your trip accordingly.