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Pumpkins, witches and goblins at Zoo this weekend

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments

This hungry, hungry hippo is getting ready for Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Bash this weekend. Various animals throughout the zoo will munch on pumpkin treats.

Photo by Lori Veres, WPZ.

The pumpkin treats are part of the zoo’s ongoing enrichment program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and provide added enjoyment for visitors.

Pumpkin Bash is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at various exhibits throughout the zoo. Click here for the full schedule. Remember that the zoo is now on its winter schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

And the zoo’s Pumpkin Prowl is also this weekend, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale at all Bartell Drugs and at the zoo: $9 adults, $7 children 17 and under, and free for children 2 and under (save $2 by buying at Bartell).

The after-hours event features three howling nights of treats for your little goblins, carved pumpkins, live zoo animal presentations, live entertainment and Zoomazium transformed into Boomazium! Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear costumes and bring trick-or-treat bags from home.

Memberships do not apply – this is an after-hours ticketed event. This event is rain or shine; there will be no refunds.

Also, we’ve neglected to mention the zoo’s latest IPhone app – it allows you to track your location on zoo grounds, find out which animals are near and more information about them, daily schedule of activities, where to eat, and even where the bathrooms are.

iPhone users can go to the iTunes App Store and search for “Woodland Park Zoo” to download. Proceeds from each application sale go toward the zoo’s animal care, education, conservation and operations costs that allow the zoo to care for more than 1,000 animals representing 300 species, and support 38 field conservation programs in 50 countries worldwide.

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