Racine Zoo Birthday Gift Ideas

Start your holiday shopping at Racine Zoo! From memberships to gift certificates, there's something for everyone! View our Holiday Gift Ideas below to get started on your quest to finding unique gifts for your loved ones.


A.D.O.P.T. an animal for your loved one this holiday season. With your donation, you can become a Zoo parent to an animal at the Racine Zoo for an entire year! Our Animals Depend On People Too, or A.D.O.P.T., program involves the symbolic adoption of an animal from the Racine Zoo. By adopting an animal, you are directly contributing to its health and well-being. The Racine Zoo A.D.O.P.T. Program assists in providing the best possible care for our animals. Great for any wildlife enthusiast! A.D.O.P.T. now! >


Give a gift that can last all year long! With a Racine Zoo membership, enjoy admission to the zoo, access to special members-only events, as well as many discounts! We have multiple membership options available for you to choose from. A great gift for young families and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Visit our gift shop during operating hours or order online.


With season tickets to Racine Zoo's annual concert series, you can enjoy the upbeat music with a beautiful lake view and delicious food from numerous dining options on site. There are four concerts over the course of July and August. Don't miss the chance to share this fun experience! Buy now! >


Support animal preservation with an engraved brick, Zoo bench, or a tree with a rock. Honor or memorialize a friend or family member or commemorate a special life event. Learn more! >


Get bottles of bourbon exclusively made and hand-selected for Racine Zoo to celebrate the Zoo's 100th anniversary! Options are: Jefferson's Single Barrel Special Reserve and Copper & Cask 6 Year Single Barrel for $75/bottle. Special "100-Year" glencairn glasses ($10 each) are also available to pair nicely with this unique gift! Email info@racinezoo.org to order yours today!


Tasting notes for the bourbons:

Jefferson’s Single Barrel Special Reserve

Nose: A lovely autumnal bouquet of dried long-stemmed grasses and flowers, drying oak cut for firewood, cinnamon and clove on fresh apple slices, drippy caramel, baked cherry, fresh oily peanut butter.

Palate: An initial billow of brightness from the spices and proof gives way to that drippy caramel, now darker, as well as oak, fresh oily peanut and almond butters, and a wave of oak tannin at the end; and there’s a sticky syrupy quality to the texture paired with an incongruous dryness that’s very striking.

Finish: Lingers lightly but warmly with the oak tannins, caramel, some chocolate, a bit of the nut butters.

Copper & Cask 6 Year Single Barrel

Nose: Notes of sweet caramel corn mingle with roasted wood staves. This nose has a great amount of oak right off the bat giving it a much more aged feeling. Spices include anise, clove and cinnamon that showcase the high rye content while fruity notes of peach, cherry and apple pie filling all combine to make the nose a stunner. Also, a bit of warm toffee can be found.

Palate: Spicy but, this has a beautiful Cinnamon Red Hots candy taste to it. The hot flavor also seems to have some chili oil vibes to it. There are lots of fruits that remind one almost like a whiskey that was finished in an Oloroso Sherry cask. The youth is nowhere to be found, but there is a good amount of rye spices across the spectrum.  Herbal and botanical notes combine with mint and oregano to give a well-rounded flavor profile.

Finish: Sweet and spicy. The red pepper flakes and sharp cinnamon give your taste buds one last kick in the ass before descending down your throat. The best part about the finish is how well the rye components and fruit components really shine at the end.


Can’t decide what gift to give? Make it easy and buy a gift certificate! It’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves a wildlife experience. Gift certificates can be used for just about everything from admission to memberships, education programs, event tickets, and more! Get Yours! >


Don't forget to visit our gift shop! We have a variety of fun gifts including apparel, plushies, animal art, and plenty of stocking stuffers! See our hours >



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