Brights Zoo may close due to inclement weather or other circumstances without notice. Check Facebook for announcements or call 423-257-1927 when the weather forecast indicates precipitation or cold weather. No refunds or rain checks are offered due to weather conditions.
In the event of severe weather while visiting the zoo, guests should seek shelter in the closest building, away from windows and doors. Zoo staff will assist in guiding guests to safety until conditions have improved.
Please Do Not Feed The Animals!
The animals at Brights Zoo are fed a nutritious diet designed specifically for their needs, and throwing food into habitats may risk their health and safety. For a small fee, Brights Zoo does offer the opportunity to feed the giraffes, lorikeets, and goats with food prepared by the Zoo.
Respect the Animals
Many of the animals are timid, so please do not harass or tease them, make loud noises, or reach into or bang on exhibits. Running is also prohibited, because quick movements can be threatening to our animals and can frighten them into injuring themselves.
Stay on Public Pathways
Rocks, fencing, and other barriers are designed to protect visitors and animals from harm. Do not climb on or under fences. Please remain on public pathways and obey signs.
Food & Drink Policy
No outside food or drinks allowed.
Shirt and Shoes Required
Proper attire, including shirt and shoes must be worn at all times. Clothing with profanity, obscenities or any other offensive material deemed inappropriate by Zoo staff is prohibited.
Due to health and safety concerns, pets are not permitted on Zoo grounds. For the health of your pet, please do not leave it in your vehicle. Guests who rely on service animals may bring them into the Zoo, provided that the animals remain properly leashed. Guests are solely responsible for the care and control of their animals. Even trained service animals can cause undue stress to zoo animals, so they are not permitted in Lorikeet Landing or at other Animal Encounter events.
Do Not Damage Vegetation or Zoo Property
The landscaping at the Zoo is for everyone's enjoyment; please respect and do not disturb the plants around you or Zoo property (decorations, signs, benches, etc.).
The solicitation of visitors, the selling of any items, or distribution of any advertisement, circular, or handbill is prohibited within the Zoo, or in the parking area.
No Selfie Sticks
This is a preventative safety measure to protect our animals, guests, and employees.
No Professional Photography
Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography or filming requests must be arranged through the Zoo Director.
We reserve the right to inspect packages, bags, and containers. Brights Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles. During your visit, visitors may be photographed or videotaped by employees. Admission to the zoo serves as permission to use your image and audio or video recordings for any purpose without payment.
Please dress appropriately for the weather. In April and May, mornings are typically cool while temperatures later in the day are usually more comfortable. In the event of rain, Brights Zoo does not offer rain checks or refunds.
We understand that factors beyond your control may cause you to be late, so please call 423-257-1927 and let us know.
Lorikeet Landing is not available for groups larger than 60 people. A 15 person maximum is allowed in the Lorikeet encounter area and each group stays for approximately 5 minutes. By the third or fourth group, the lorikeets are no longer interested in feeding and interact less with guests. Lorikeet Landing is also not available after 4:00 PM, because the lorikeets are moved to their nighttime lodging.
No, the zoo does not have lockers at this time.
Stop by or call our gift shop during regular zoo hours. Most visitors will turn in items they find to the gift shop. We also try to post lost items on our Brights Zoo Facebook page and the gift shop keeps a lost and found bin.
We have a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available on a first come, first served basis. These items are free for Brights Zoo members to borrow. For non-members, we require a $10 deposit for strollers and wheelchairs. The deposit is refunded when the stroller or wheelchair is returned.
We accept all major credit cards.
No smoking or electronic cigarettes are allowed in the zoo; a designated smoking area is located next to the zoo parking lot.
No, we do not allow any outside animals into the zoo for the safety of our residents. Please do not leave pets in your vehicle while at the zoo.
Please, no outside food or beverages. We have a picnic area adjacent to the parking lot for guests that want to bring their own food and drink. We have a Concessions Stand inside the Zoo. However, no outside drinks or food are allowed inside the Zoo.