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    October 24, 2014

    BOO at the Zoo

    BOO at the Zoo
    October 24 and 25
    5:30pm – 9pm

     October 26
    Noon – 5pm

    “BOO at the Zoo” and “MONSTERS” Events offers Halloween fun and thrills!

    The Amarillo Zoo has expanded its Halloween fun this year! Everyone’s family favorite “BOO at the ZOO” will be returning for its 6th  year on Friday and Saturday, October 24th  and 25th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm and Sunday from noon – 5:00pm with more new games, activities and costumed animal characters. PLUS, new this year on Halloween night October 31st  the Zoo will be hosting “MONSTERS” from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

    BOO at the ZOO will again feature costumed characters like tiger, lion, donkey, peacock, kangaroo and others handing out candy treats plus there will be plenty of ghoulish games, face painting, costume parades and creepy crawly critters that will ensure a howling good time! Even some of the Zoo residents will get into the Halloween spirit with special pumpkin “Chomp and Stomp” enrichment activities.

    In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are encouraged. But because this event is geared toward families with young children, we ask adults not to wear scary costumes or costumes that cover their faces.

    There’s no safer or more exciting way for families with children of all ages to enjoy Halloween!

    Help us stay green by bringing your own trick or treat bag to fill with candy and other treats!

    BOO at the Zoo highlights include:

    • Over 20 treat stations featuring costumed animal characters such as the peacock, lion, tiger, kangaroo, fox, bear, panther, donkey, hummingbird and more!
    • Cryptozoology exhibits – explore the realm of unknown, undiscovered and mythological animals. See a horn from a unicorn, the break from a giant squid, skeleton of the world’s largest frog, skull of a Bigfoot and more oddities from the natural world!
    • Pumpkin STOMP and CHOMP enrichment activities for the lions, lemurs, monkeys and donkeys.
    • See the world’s largest species of toad – the size of a dinner plate, hairy tarantulas, flesh-eating beetles and more creatures that make you say YUCK!
    • Purchase exclusive and numbered art paintings by giant cockroaches.
    • Participate in our costume parades.
    • Face Painting by Amadazzle (extra fee applies).
    • Fun games like Pumpkin Putt Putt Golf, Needle in the Haystack, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Batty Bat Toss, Pumpkin Bowling and more new games!
    • Are you superstitious? Find out in Superstition Alley.
    • View the extinct animal grave yard.

    Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014
    5:30pm – 9:00pm both nights

    Sunday, October 26, 2014
    Noon – 5:00pm

    $5 per person


    Plan to come back again for “MONSTERS” on Friday Oct 31st  from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for a bit more thrill as visitors will discover creatures that are unknown, undiscovered or maybe just part of legend and folklore.  Our normal zoo animals will be off-exhibit this evening so we can utilize their enclosures to safely display live costumed recreations of the legendary Yeti, Chupcabara, Werewolf, Mothman, Bigfoot and the Louisiana Goat Man. Through the use of replicas, photos, eye witness accounts and live recreations, you can venture into the wild world of mythical creatures. For one night only, learn about creatures that were once thought to be imagined, creatures behind the myths of unicorns, sea serpents, dragons and mermaids and creatures yet to be discovered! From the supernatural to things that make you say “Ew!” to one-of-a-kind pieces of animal art, MONSTERS is sure to give you a thrill!

    This event is also geared for children but can also be fun for adults – a little more thrill.

    No candy will be handed out at MONSTERS but everyone will get their fill of thrills!

    Friday, October 31, 2014
    6:00pm – 9:00pm

    $5.00 per person

    The Zoo will be closing at noon on Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th to set up for BOO at the Zoo. The Zoo will be closed Sunday morning October 26th to prepare for BOO at the Zoo.

    Avoid the lines – buy your BOO at the ZOO and MONSTERS tickets in advance and come through the express entrance on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Zoo admissions booth Tuesday – Sunday from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

    The Amarillo Zoo is located at NE 24th Ave and Dumas Highway inside Thompson Park.

    Special Thanks to our Gold sponsor McDonalds, Silver Sponsor Amarillo National Bank, Supporting sponsors Sonic and Xcel Energy and treat sponsors: Noah’s Ark Pet Hospital, Le Chateau Pet Resort, Heaven’s Rainbow Bridge, Children’s Dentistry of Amarillo, The Hagy Company, Mitch, Allen and Mitchell PLLC, Wells Fargo Wealth Management and The Venom.

    Looking for an “un-BOO-lievably” wild way to celebrate Halloween? Then make plans to join the aniamls for an evening of not-so-scary, high spirited Halloween fun!

    Admission – $5 per person/non-member
    Tickets on sale now for BOO at the Zoo and MONSTERS! Tickets can be purchased Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am – 5:00pm from the Zoo admissions booth.


    Start: October 24, 2014
    End: October 24, 2014

    September 11, 2014

    Day of Honor

    Day of Honor
    September 11, 2014
    9:30am – 5:00pm

    On September 11, 2014 the Zoo presents its Day of Honor. We salute the men and women who serve our nation and communities with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces as will as active and retired police, fire and ambulance personnel and emergency responders (identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission)


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    September 6, 2014

    Hummingbird and Pollinators Event

    Hummingbird and Pollinators Festival
    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    9:30am – 3:00pm

    The Zoo will be humming with excitement on Saturday, September 6th when the focus will be on the tiniest of our avian friends – the hummingbird! Exhibits, presentations and crafts will introduce guests to ways to make your backyard a friendly environment for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. The fall is the height of the migration season for thousands of hummingbirds that pass through our state. The most common species in the Texas Panhandle is the Black-chinned hummingbird, but others like the Rufous and the Calliope are often seen at area feeders. Experts will be on hand to share their knowledge of hummingbird identification, planting gardens to attract butterflies and how to attract Purple Martins.  Looking for fall plants to add to or begin a wildlife garden? Then be sure to check out the plants that will be on sale by Canyon’s Edge Plants.


    • Purple Martin Conservation Association
    • Canyon’s Edge Plants
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife – Nature Trackers
    • Oklahoma/Panhandle Girl Scout Council
    • Attracting Panhandle Bats
    • Insect Pollinators -  The good bugs. Texas A&M AgriLife Research



    • 10:15am  “Hummingbirds – Myth Magic and Mystery” – Mark Klym – Texas Parks and Wildlife
    • 11:15am “Planting to attract Butterflies” – Neal Hinders, Canyon’s Edge Plants
    • 1:30pm “Hummingbirds and Native Plants” – Mark Klym – Texas Parks and Wildlife

    Other Fun Stuff:

    • Live Music with Andy Chase Cundiff
    • Face Painting
    • Plant Sale
    • Hummingbird related gifts for sale
    • Make & Take craft tent for kids

    The event is free with Zoo admission:

    Adult (13-61)  $4
    Senior (62 and up) $3
    Children (3-12) $2
    2 and Under Free




    Start: September 6, 2014
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