Give mom the best Mother’s Day gift –  an exciting and memorable live performance line up and a fun-filled day at the zoo.


Mothers and their families are in for a special treat as they get a chance to enjoy performances from South Africa’s top musos and partake in exciting activities at this year’s 30thMother’s Day Concert on Sunday, 12 May 2019 at the Joburg Zoo.

Over the years the Mother’s Day Concert at the Zoo has become an annual diary item on Joburg’s events calendar. The concert is attended by over 10 000 visitors.

Against the beautiful backdrop of the zoo, in a serene setting, families from all over Johannesburg can enjoy South Africa’s top and international acclaimed leading musos live on stage – the sensational Mafikizolo, the incredible GoodLuck music band and the captivating singer-songwriter, Msaki. Dynamic Afro pop duo, Mafikizolo is an award-winning music group that’s behind favourite hits, like Khona and classics, Udakwa Njaloand Ndihamba Nawe. Electronic wizards, GoodLuck will entertain crowds with all-time favourites, including Back in the Dayand Thinking AboutYou. Strong musical force voice, Msaki’s is sure to mesmerize visitors with her soulful sounds and smooth voice.

The concert starts at 11am until 3pm, but visitors are encouraged to come early to partake in all the activities at the Zoo. Kiddies are going to be in for a treat as they will enjoy hours of fun with activities like sand art, face painting giant snakes & ladders, jumping castles, crafts and photo opportunities for moms and kids. The Zoo offers some of the most fascinating animal programmes for the whole family. On the day, young and old can participate in the guided tours of Africa’s Big 5, watch the feeding of the Zoo chimpanzees and discover more about the colourful species of the Amazon. Children can visit the Farmyard where they can see and touch friendly farm animals such as Nguni cattle and Bapedi sheep.

Baby animals are celebrating their first Mother’s Day

Come meet six animal babies who are celebrating their first Mother’s Day. They are four tiger cubs – Jacqui, Joey, Courage and Sheena; giraffe calf, Sabawu and one puma cub.

The tiger quadruplet cubs, who were born on 1 December 2018, have melted the hearts of their keepers. The playful and energetic cubs are fast learners who keep their mom busy throughout the day. They all have different personalities: amongst them, there is one that is terrified of everything and the mother tries to reassure him at all times, the second one who is very naughty; always trying out new things and taking the lead and the last two are just followers. The Zoo now boasts with 7 tigers, 4 cubs, 2 females and the mighty male. Visitors can see the cubs at memorial boulevard, opposite the rhinos.

Sabawu, the giraffe calf was born on 21January 2019 to parents, Lady and Madolo. The arrival of the giraffes to the world is not the gentlest. After a gestation period, ranging from 425 to 465 days, that is approximately 15 months, calves are born falling to the ground from an almost two-meter height from the mother who remains standing up during the birth. However, they do not suffer any hurt, and in a matter of, at most 20 minutes, they can walk.

The Puma cub was born on 19 August 2018 to mom Zara and dad Loki. The clever, playful newbie is very close to his mother, who never leaves his side. He can be seen curiously exploring the enclosure under the watchful eye of Zara.

Adopt an Animal for Mom

Dads and kids can adopt Mom’s favourite animal for R300; chances are this gift will go down as one of the most memorable and best Mother’s Day gift ever. This certificate will be personally signed by mom’s favourite artist of the day. In addition, moms also get a Zoo Journal and pen, a photograph and information of her adopted animal, as well as one free entrance and paid parking voucher.

“We are very excited to celebrate 30 years of Mother’s Day celebrations. The Joburg Zoo is 115 years old and has over 320 species. We have a proud heritage of providing programmes and edutainment for Johannesburg families. We invite everyone, young and young at heart to continue to support our efforts and commitment to animal welfare and the important role of conservation projects for indigenous and worldwide endangered animals,” says Louise Gordon, EM: Business Development at the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. 

The Joburg Zoo is inviting everyone to be part of history at this special Mother’s Day Concert. Concert goers may bring along a picnic basket and non-alcoholic beverages, or purchase from the vendors who have been carefully selected to make this a momentous occasion.

Tickets are available online on are sold for R120 pp for adults, R70 pp for children and pensioners. There is also a discount for a purchase of 4 tickets with 1 ticket for free.

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