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Daily from October 16, 2015 until October 18, 2015
Daily from October 22, 2015 until October 25, 2015
Daily from October 29, 2015 until October 31, 2015
Location: The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Boulevard
Kids and families are invited to experience the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank event October 16-18, 22-25, & 29-31 from 12-6 PM with last admission at 5 PM.
Now in its 37th year, the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for pint-sized guests.
Guests can trick-or-treat for candy at the Treat Trails, view zoo animals, meet Broomhilda the friendly witch, visit the Beauty Shop of Horrors, see giant-sized pumpkins, and more. Children can choose their own mini-pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Animal sculptures made out of pumpkins are always a guest favorite. Train riders will hear “Tale of the Twisted Tree” as they venture into the Franke Park woods.
New for 2015, the Wild Zoo Halloween path is rerouted to pass through the Indonesian Rain Forest, where guests can see Asmara the baby Sumatran orangutan before the zoo closes for the winter. Asmara was born November 22, 2014. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild. In support of orangutan conservation, all treats at the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank are palm-oil free or are manufactured by companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The sustainable production of palm oil is crucial to the survival of orangutans, because their rain forest habitat is often destroyed to create poorly managed and unsustainable palm oil plantations.
Theme days at the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank include:
October 16 – Plumpkin Day – Guess the weight of the Giant Pumpkin
October 17 – Princess Day – Meet princesses from 1-3 PM
October 18 – Mascot Day – Meet mascots from 2-4 PM
October 22 – Free Carousel Rides
October 23 – Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkin treats
October 24 – Hero Day – Meet local fire, police, and military from 1-3 PM
October 25 – Star Wars Day – Meet Star Wars characters from 2-4 PM
October 29 – Free Carousel Rides
October 30 – Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Decorate a mini pumpkin to take home
October 31 – Cans for Conservation – Bring an empty aluminum can and get a free ride ticket (good for Z.O.&O. Railroad or Endangered Species Carousel only)
Details on all Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank events are at http://kidszoo.org/wild-zoo-halloween/
In addition to the Indonesian Rain Forest, the Central Zoo, portions of the Australian Adventure, and portions of the African Journey will be open during the event.
The Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank is a fundraiser for the zoo, which is a nonprofit organization receiving no tax funding for operations.
Admission to the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank is $5 for all ages; admission with treats is $9 for all ages. Zoo Members receive $2 off admission. Babies age 1 and under are admitted free but are charged $4 if they receive treats. Additional fees are charged for the Z.O.&O. Railroad, Endangered Species Carousel, pony ride, and bracelet-making. Food is available for purchase.
Thanks to these generous sponsors for their support of the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank: Star Financial Bank, Lutheran Health Network, Steel Dynamics, Inc, Sweetwater, BAE Systems, 3 Rivers Credit Union, Mainstay Solutions, NIPSCO, Bob Evans, Lee’s Famous Recipe, and Ellison Bakery.
The zoo remains open for the regular season through October 11 and re-opens for the Wild Zoo Halloween on October 16.
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