Valentine’s Day Champagne Stroll


Discover animal mating facts as you explore the Zoo on February 16 & 17!*

Birds do it, bees do it and apparently every couple (and sometimes procreating single individuals) in the animal kingdom does as well. For a different twist on the science of animal mating behaviors, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens presents a special Valentine’s Day Champagne Stroll, where couples can pony up to The Love Potion Bar for mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, then follow along on a self-guided tour with their significant “otter” to various animal habitats to catch up on fascinating animal mating facts. Engaging animal mating behavior facts can be found on brightly-colored, heart-shaped illustrated signs located around the Zoo Guests can glean information on such animals as ostriches, whose elaborate courtship dance is a sight to behold; African lions who engage in marathon days of mating and the massive nesting groups of Magellanic penguin couples. All Keeper Talks for the weekend will have a Valentine's Day mating twist, with additional special talks listed below.

Special Mating Keeper Talks
  • 10:15 - Australian WalkAbout 
  • 12:15 – Greater one-horned rhino
  • 1:15 – Ostrich (Donga)
  • 3:00 – Nile Hippo
Self-Guided Tour
  • Guests can enjoy the Valentine’s stroll until 4 p.m
Love Potion Bar by Lemur Cafe**
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Early Entry for Members
  • Members receive early access to the Zoo at 9:30 on February 16. 
  • Complementary coffee available from 9:30 am to 10 am.

The event is free with paid Zoo admission.
*Please be advised that some of the information found on the signs may not be appropriate for children.
**Only adults 21 and over are eligible to purchase alcoholic beverages. 

Valentine’s Day Adopt-an-Animals

Love is in the air, birds are singing, and you need a Valentine’s Day gift for your tweetheart. What better way to say “you make my heart soar” than by giving your special someone a Magellanic penguin, Chilean flamingo, green-winged macaw or keel-billed toucan Adopt-an-Animal package? Be sure to take advantage of our limited edition love bird packaging for a perfect way to show you care on February 14th! To purchase, please visit our website or contact Kaija Nealon in the Development Department at 415-753-7173 ext. 4 or