43 Creative Zoo Animal Birthday Party Themes


How to host an extraordinary Zoo animal birthday party for your kids!  These 43 zoo animal parties are so beautiful with creative party elements including cakes, clever food ideas, free printables, party favors, and even entertaining animal party games.  You know I just adore a party, so I’ve tried to find a birthday theme for every one of the most common Zoo animals. {squeal}

Creative Zoo Animal Birthday Party Themes for every Zoo Animal

Zoo Animals

As always, Tip Junkie has over a THOUSAND birthday parties so you can always search there if you’re looking for more zoo animal or pet party themes and DIY party tutorials.  I’ve also compiled a full list of TV cartoon character birthday parties as well as parties inspired by children’s books.

I’ve also included some other animals like sharks, unicorns, dragons, and crabs that aren’t exactly zoo animals but the parties were so cute and creative that I couldn’t resist and had to show them to you.  If you have a party you’d like featured, feel free to leave a comment with the link below.  If approved, I’ll add it.  {high fives}

1.  Alligator

Alligator Bayou Bash First Birthday Party

Alligator Bayou Bash First Birthday Party ~ There are so many amazing details in this party.  It starts out with the invitations, which were sent in cardboard boxes filled with newspaper, Spanish moss, a plastic alligator and an egg which had to be “cracked open”.

Also here’s a Printable Alligator  {Free Pattern} ~ It’s used as a Valentine, but you can use this download for your Alligator birthday party as well.

2.  Ant

Ant Picnic Birthday Party Decor

Ant Picnic Birthday Party Decor ~ I swear Ants never looked so adorable with this fun Ant picnic theme with chocolate party favors.

3.  Bald Eagle

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Eagle Scout Court of Honor ~ Ok, I know this isn’t a birthday party but it has the most amazing bald eagle cake and cupcake tower and fleur de lis cookies.  Which are perfect for a Bald Eagle party.

You can see my Eagle cake and BSA Eagle Court of honor {click link} with free printables and all the details.  I even uploaded the details of my son’s Better Bear Eagle Scout Project.

4.  Bat

Bat Birthday Party
Chic Bat Birthday Party ~ Sara Westbrook and One Charming Party teamed up to create these fantastic Bat party invitations, cake and cupcakes, and even game and free downloads.

Tip Junkie has some crazy cool bat craft tutorials and printables which would be perfect for a Halloween party or any Bat themed birthday.

Of course there are also some really creative Batman birthday parties as well.  We’ll cover those in the Super Hero theme, but i wanted you to know that there were several available to check out now.

5.  Bear

Teddy Bear 1st Birthday Party

Teddy Bear 1st Birthday Party ~ The color scheme of light blues and white with and a pop of yellow make this Teddy Bear party theme ultra chic and so beautiful from KiKi Events.  This party could be tailored to almost any animal theme, simply substitute a different stuffed animal and voila.

There are some adorable bear crafts and tutorials on Tip Junkie.  So if you need some DIY tutorials or templates, that’s a great place to check first.

6.  Cheetah

Cheetah and Safari Birthday Party

Cheetah and Safari Birthday Party ~ The decor was all Cheetah print with tissue balls to go on the back of the chairs, cheetah print ribbon bows decorated the dessert table, as well as an incredible cake.  The kiddos had a blast, riding ponies, taking carriage rides, getting their faces painted to look like any animal they desired, and learning all about the animals that were brought in from the local zoo.

7.  Cobra

Colorful Cobra birthday cake
Colorful Cobra birthday cake ~ This isn’t a recipe or a full birthday party, but I thought using M&M’s to decorate the scales of this Corbra snake birthday cake was brilliant.

8.  Crab

Tommy's Crab Shack Party
Tommy’s Crab Shack Party ~ This navy, red, and white party is perfect for a Crab, Nautical, or Patriotic themed party.  Kim did such an amazing job with so many details that can be used in any color scheme to create an incredible dessert table.

If you’re looking for more adorable crab recipes the Crafty Food site has some yummy food ideas for your crab themed party.

9.  Dinosaur

Dinosaur Birthday Party
his dino-mite party is perfect for a dinosaur lover.  These party photos are full of great colors, kid friendly snacks, and a great dinosaur birthday cake that would be easy to make at home.  Kids will have a roaring good time at this party.

There are some great Dinosaur crafts and tutorials on Tip Junkie, be sure to check there first if you’re looking for DIY details or recipes for your party.

10.  Dolphin

Dolphin Birthday Party
Dolphin Birthday Party ~ With fabric covered wallks, tons of balloons, and laterns this dolphin birthday party is darling in teal, blue, orange and white.  They also had games for the kiddos like pin the blow hole on the dolphin, bean bag toss with fish, Go Fish.

11.  Dragon

Dragon Birthday Party

Dragon Birthday Party ~ Um, yes that would be a fire-breathing dragon cake!  This home birthday party has some really fun little details like costumes for the kids, felt birthday banner, and lots of dragon decorations.  It’s adorable.  {p.s. I know dragons aren’t zoo animals. HA!}  Be sure to check out this Dragon Bread recipe, it’s adorable.

12.  Duck

Rubber Duck Birthday Party
Rubber Duck Birthday Party ~ The yellow and blue color scheme of this party is striking.  I also reallylike the yellow boa’s and fun little details that make this party pop.

Tip Junkie has several cute duck crafts and crafty food recipes, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a few more homemade details for your Duck birthday party.  I also have 5 Rubber Duck Baby Shower themed parties, if you’re pregnant!

13.  Elephant

Adorable Elephant 1st Birthday Party
Adorable Elephant 1st Birthday Party ~ The teal, red, and white color scheme with these adorable little Elephants make this such a delightful party theme.

14.  Giraffe

Bright Blue and Orange Giraffe Birthday Party
Bright Blue and Orange Giraffe Birthday Party ~ This party was created with some serious love for the birthday boy.  Details include a handmade 5 foot tall stuffed Giraffe as well as 60 different party decorations.  Wow!

You might have guess, Tip Junkie has several really cute Giraffe crafts complete with pictures instructions on how to make these DIY ideas and crafty food recipes.

15.  Goat

Goat Birthday Party
Goat Birthday Party ~The only Goat party I could find and it has a craft, goat horns for the kid to wear, and even goat pancakes.  Sounds like a fun party to me!

16.  Gorilla

Gorilla Jungle Safari Birthday Party
Gorilla Jungle Safari Birthday Party ~ The party is in a soft palette and baby-like with light blues, animal prints, raffia, baskets, and touches of green, yellow, and orange.  I love all of the food names like Mini Banana Putting and Gorilla Grapes.

17.  Hedgehog

Hedgehog Cupcake Recipe
Hedgehog Cupcake Recipe ~This was a tough theme to find a party for but I did find these darling Hedgehog cupcakes from Martha.

18.  Hippopotamus

Hungry, Hungry Hippo Game Birthday Party
Hungry, Hungry Hippo Game Birthday Party ~ This is such a fun party theme and a great way to incorporate a child’s game into their birthday.  I love the bright colors and reminiscing of the 80’s board games.

19.  Kangaroo

Kangaroo Birthday Cake

Kangaroo Birthday Cake ~ Hosting a Kangaroo birthday party theme would be so much fun at a bounce house, wouldn’t it?  This is just a picture of a cake but I thought it was so well done and well… that’s all I could find.  {snort}

20.  Leopard

This Leopard Princess birthday party
This Leopard Princess birthday party~ This is sweet and fabulous all at the same time.  Includes a rockin’ cake to match as well as a blow-up princess.  I love this color combination.  And although this party was for a four year old, I think this theme could easily work for a tween or teen.

21.  Lion

Vintage Lion First Birthday Party
Vintage Lion First Birthday Party ~ Leo celebrated his first birthday with this fabulous vintage party theme.  If your little one has a favorite animal, it can easily be substituted for the lion and made vintage with the help of all of the beautiful vintage fabric touches.

22.  Lizard

Leapin' Lizards She is Two Birthday Party
Leapin’ Lizards Birthday Party ~ I love the bright colors of this Girly Gecko Party.  There are such fun party details like lizard cookies, adorably decorated white paper sacks and yep even lizard lotion. HA!

23.  Monkey

Modern Sock Monkey Birthday Party
Modern Sock Monkey Birthday Party ~ I just adore this bright and cheery Sock Monkey party in red, white, and brown.  You’ll love all of the amazing details in this party and DIY decor.

Monkey and Banana's Birthday Party
Monkey and Banana’s Birthday Party ~ I totally bananas over her adorable this fun Monkey birthday party in traditional brown and yellow colors.  With two dessert tables and fun party favors this is a great party to grab ideas from.

Tip Junkie has some great pictured instructions on how to make 22 Fun Monkey Crafts, Parties and Printables for Kids.  So be sure to check here to add those little touches to your party.

24.  Owl

Night Owl Birthday Party
Night Owl Birthday Party ~ This cute Night Owl themed pajama party would be fun for any sleepover.  The table is turned into a bed, the guests wear jammies, and cute little night owls make an appearance in all of the party treats. There are also great ideas for a first birthday, like homemade onsies and chalkboard photo props.

Holy Smokes, Tip Junkie has over 60 Owl tutorials and printables, so be sure to check here first when planning your party.  Sky’s the limit on how many homemade details your party can have.

26.  Panda

Pink & Green Kung Fu Panda Birthday Party
Pink & Green Kung Fu Panda Birthday Party ~ With fun activities for kids like the Panda art station and panda stuffing sanctuary as well as an impressive Panda dessert table.

27.  Penguin

Winter Wonderland Penguin Party

Winter Wonderland Penguin Party ~ These larger-than-life penguins that greet the party guests holding balloons are just incredible.  Talk about making a great first impression!  Naturally the party doesn’t stop there be sure to check out the dessert table and other fun party elements.

28.  Pig

Olivia the Pig Birthday Party

Olivia the Pig Birthday Party ~ The red, white, and black polka dot balloons make this party fun and festive.  I also love that she painted an Olivia for the photo ops.  So something I would do. HA!.

29.  Polar Bear

Penguins & Polar Bears Winter ONEderland Birthday Party
Penguins & Polar Bears Winter ONEderland Birthday Party ~ With large cutouts for the yard, penguin bean bag toss game, penguin bowling game from recycled drink bottles this party is sure to please any One year old and beyond.

Also check out these adorable penguin crafts on Tip Junkie.  Each one is complete with a pictured tutorial on how to make.

30.  Porcupine

Porcupine Salad Crafty Food
Porcupine Salad Crafty Food ~ With cream cheese mixture on the bottom, use the photo for the details- the quills are slivered almonds.

31.  Rabbit

Cute Rabbit Birthday Party

Cute Rabbit Birthday Party ~ “Our Little Cotton Tail” birthday party or a Peter Rabbit themed party would be adorable with these amazing rabbit decorations.

There are several fun rabbit crafts on Tip Junkie so be sure to check here if you’re planning a rabbit or bunny party.

32.  Sea Lion

sea lion birthday cake
Sea Lion Birthday Cake ~ This is such an impressive birthday cake that would be perfect for a Sea Lion party.

33.  Shark

Shark Birthday Party
Shark Infested Birthday ~ Party guests wore a great white shark fin, took silly photos with Jaws, ate shark Kebab’s and salt water taffy to name a few fun activities.

If you’re looking for some fun shark crafts for kids, I’ve got a few they might enjoy.

34.  Snake

Boys vs. Wild Snake Party
Boys vs. Wild Party~ Surviving in the wild, challenging yourself, eating bugs and snakes… what’s not to love?

35.  Tiger

baby Blue Tiger Birthday Party
Baby Blue Tiger Birthday Party ~ Using the traditional colors of yellow and brown, the baby blue {or teal} makes turns this themed party into a sophisticated theme that would work well for any age.

36.  Tortoise and Turtles

Preppy turtle party in pink and green

Preppy Turtle Party in Pink and Green ~ This is such an adorable party and I love the mix and match of pink stripes and green gingham patterns and all the love that wend into this adorable party.  It would also make a fun baby shower theme, don’t ya think?

Love is in the details,and Tip Junkie has several adorable turtle crafts to help bring your party to the next level with several homemade touches.

37. Unicorn

Magical Unicorn Birthday Party
Magical Unicorn Birthday Party ~ The magical, make believe world of a child’s mind can lend itself to the most enchanting of parties. Unicorns prancing around a living room floor, for example, transport us back to the days of dress up, knights and the whimsical world of a princess.

I know this isn’t a zoo animal but I couldn’t resist adding it. {giggle}  I also collected 15 Unicorn Poop Recipes for ya.

38.  Whale

Little Squirt Wale Birthday Party

Little Squirt Wale Birthday Party ~ Talk about a seriously cute party theme.  The colors are great and I love that they gave out squirt bottles as the party favors. {giggle}

Whale of Fun Birthday Party
Whale of Fun Birthday Party ~ And adorable DIY Whale birthday party with some really fun cupcake toppers, ship cake as well as a whale cake.

40.  Wolf

Big Bad Wolf Birthday Party
Big Bad Wolf Birthday Party ~ A fun twist on Little Red Riding-hood party.  This would be perfect for boy/girl twins as well.  On photobucket, click through images 160-166 to see the party pictures.

41.  Worms

Worm To Your Motha Birthday Party
Worm To Your Motha Birthday Party ~ {bwaahaa!}  This is simply hysterical and such a great party theme complete with games, food names, and lots of party fun!

Tip Junkie also has some fun worm crafts and other DIY ideas to make your worm party extra fun like the one above.

42.  Zebra

Zebra Diva Birthday Party Ideas

Zebra Diva Birthday Party~ This Zebra Diva Party can be for a girl of any age!  It’s fun and sassy with an Amazing cake, diy decorations (tulle pom-pom puff tutorial), and information on where and how to get items for your Zebra Diva Party.

There are tons of fun Zebra parties and zebra print crafts on Tip Junkie, make sure you check here for some great tutorials that will make your party extra fun.

43.  Zoo Party Theme

Outdoor Zoo Birthday Party

Outdoor Zoo Birthday Party ~ With fun activities like wall painting, a pinata, water bag, face painting and some seriously cool Zoo themed party food this party is perfect for a Zoo theme.

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