Yoga then Giraffes

Saturday October 9

8:00 AM  –  9:30 AM

Yoga then Giraffes: Get Soulful in the Serengeti
Every ticket includes yoga class access + same-day zoo admission 

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute yoga session situated in Africa plaza. Tom McGunigal, the certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses designed to calm your mind and strengthen your body in the class is designed for ALL fitness levels. After the class, our keepers will showcase the zoo's beautiful Masai giraffes and an educator will lead an informal Q&A. To top off a beautiful morning, all guests also receive a refreshing iced tea after class (courtesy of Spill the Tea) plus all-day zoo admission. You won't want to miss out!

Each ticket includes:

  • A 60-minute outdoor yoga class
  • A post-class informal Q&A with a trained animal educator 
  • Refresh with a complimentary iced tea from our newest partner, Spill the Tea
  • All-day zoo admission

Morning schedule:
Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask. All activities are held outside and will take place on a paved surface (you may bring an additional mat for added comfort, if you want).

  • 8 AM: Check-in
  • 8:30 AM: Class begins
  • 9:30 AM: Class ends; post-class exhibit talk before guests adventure through the zoo.
  • 10 AM: Zoo opens to the public and all attendees can explore the zoo!  


Weather policy:
This event takes place outdoors in the open-air of our African plaza. If heavy rains are forecasted, the class will be automatically rescheduled to its rain date. A decision about rescheduling will be made by the zoo at least 24 hours in advance. All participants will be notified via email, with the change also announced on the zoo's website and Facebook page. 
As a registrant, be sure you can attend BOTH sessions so you do not miss out!  All sales are final, and the zoo will not be granting weather-related refunds, nor will refunds, exchanges, or transfers be possible if you cannot attend the rain date.  Rain dates will use the original class timeframes and the rain dates are as follows:

  • The rain date for the Saturday, October 9, 2021 class will be MONDAY, October 11, 2021 (Columbus Day). Same class times apply.  


Waivers & youth participation:
All participants must sign a waiver before they can participate. This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo. The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Additionally, you must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience; any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors. Be sure to also read all policies listed on the zoo's website, including general zoo policies and other event-specific information.


Learn more about the instructor and our proud studio partner:

Tom McGunigal, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga for 3 decades and teaches at Thrive Moves in East Greenwich (RI). Creating a lighthearted, optimistic atmosphere in class, Tom's motto is "Beginners are Winners." Join him Wednesdays at 9:30 for his regular Go with the Flow class at Thrive Moves, or visit him at the zoo's next Yoga with the Elephants experience.

A special thank you to ThriveThrive Moves, and their whimsical on-site gathering space Spill the Tea for being excellent partners to this experience. 


Ready to join?

Buy online now! Advanced ticket purchase is required and this event tends to sell out. Tickets will not be sold on-site.  

Cost: $30 per person


Please remember you will be outside during the entire yoga class.