Zoo heads south of the border with annual event


Tacos & Tequila is back for the fourth year in a row! The Hattiesburg Zoo invites everyone to take a trip “south of the border” – right here in the Hub City. It all begins Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-fiesta in Hattie Plaza, featuring complimentary chips and salsa and a cash bar. 

 Admission will include a tasty combination of stuffed tortillas paired with the fermented juices of the blue agave plant (commonly known as tequila to distilled spirit aficionados). 

Each duo will feature both traditional and exotic ingredient-filled tortillas with infused cocktails ranging from Watermelon Refresco to Coffee Patron.   

“Savory dishes with delightful drinks and animal encounters provide a night of fun and memories during one of our most unique events,” said Jeremy Cumpton, director of conservation, education, and wildlife. 

 In addition to the indulgence of food, drinks and music, other activities include karaoke, cornhole, giant Jenga, and giant beer pong. Those feeling exceptionally daring are invited to compete in a chili pepper challenge. To keep the fun mobile, cocktails on unlimited train and carousel rides are highly encouraged. 

Sloth sightings are in the forecast for the evening and the beverages may have you seeing double, or it could just be Chewy and Maple.

 “This is a one-of-a-kind event that offers guests a chance to experience nightlife in a sensational way,” said Demetric Kelly, guest services and retail manager. “If you’ve never been to one of our after hours events, you’re missing out on a great experience!”

 Admission is $30, and the event is limited to adults 21 and older. Annual passes are not applicable. General admission tickets are available online only. 

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible, because this event will sell out quickly. 

No refunds will be issued.

 Festive event T-shirts are available for pre-order from now until May 3. 

To purchase event tickets and to order “Let’s Get Slothed” T-shirts visit https://squareup.com/store/hattiesburg-zooevents.  

For more information, contact the Hattiesburg Zoo at (601) 545-4576.