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    May 16, 2015

    Celebrate 60 Years with the Amarillo Zoo!




    Join us for the Amarillo Zoo’s 60th Birthday Celebration!
    Saturday, May 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

    2015 is an important year for us at the Amarillo Zoo! It all began in 1955 (we were originally known as Storyland Zoo) and since then we’ve continued to grow and get better with each year. On Saturday, May 16th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm we are staying open late to celebrate our 60th birthday and we would like to invite everyone to come out and share the evening with us. During the last 60 years the Zoo staff has worked hard to make the Amarillo Zoo something the community can be proud of. We would like for you to join us for a celebration of where we were….where we are now…and where we are going.

    There will be an assortment of special presentations and activities throughout the Zoo plus as a nostalgic look back to 1955 with FREE admission, hotdogs for .25 cents and good old Rock and Roll music with the Andy Chase Cundiff band.

    In addition you can visit with our keepers as they talk about some of your favorite animals, watch a wildlife show, or stop at one of our animal encounter areas.

    Need to satisfy the sweet tooth? Belmar Bakery has made a delicious cake in honor of the Zoo’s birthday and servings will be given out while the supply lasts.

    Don’t forget your cameras, because Snow White will be here and we’ll have a special photo op area set up by the Zoo’s original entrance in 1955 known as Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Mountain.

    We hope to see you there!

    Admission for this event is FREE!

    Start: May 16, 2015
    End: May 16, 2015

    April 30, 2015

    Critter de Mayo

    Critter De Mayo

    A fun family event with a Mexican holiday twist!

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    9:30am – 3:00pm

    Come out to the zoo on Saturday, May 2nd and enjoy a fun family event with a Mexican holiday twist! Listen to the lively music from Mariachi De Amarillo band from 1:00 until 3:00 pm or listen to bilingual keeper chats and even learn some Spanish names for some of the animals. Kids can make a fun take home craft and even help plant some Mexican hat seeds in our butterfly habitat garden.

    Also, the zoo’s animals will get into the festivities with several species treated to special piñata enrichments.  Enrichment items are food or objects that help to stimulate, engage and challenge animals for their social and psychological well being.  Zookeepers will present piñatas filled with treats to animals throughout the day including the African Lions, Spider Monkeys and Ring-tailed Lemurs.

    Plus, a special encounter area will feature reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals native to Central and South America. These are animals from the zoo’s educational animal collection and are not usually on exhibit. You get a chance to see a toad the size of a dinner plate, colorful parrots, chinchillas, tarantulas, boas and other unique animals from south of the border.

    $4 adult (ages 13-61)
    $3 Seniors (ages 62 and up)
    $2 children (ages 3-12)
    Free for children 2 and under and AZS members.

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



    Start: April 30, 2015
    End: May 3, 2015

    April 25, 2015

    Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo!

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    1:00pm – 4:00pm

    The Amarillo Zoo in collaboration with area animal rescue and care organizations will host an event “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Dogs and cats will be available looking for that forever home plus exhibits on pet health care, equine rescue, pet resources plus activities on making pet enrichment toys!

    Over 20 booths will be set up to teach people about responsible pet ownership and several groups will have animals that are ready for their “furever” home. Organizations that will be participating in this event include:

    • Girl Scout Troop #5130
    • Panhandle Paws of Hope
    • Texas Panhandle Good Dogs
    • WTAMU Pre-Vet Club
    • Texas Panhandle Pet Savers
    • Heaven’s Rainbow Bridge
    • Freedom Fur
    • Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas
    • Amarillo SPCA
    • Le Chateau Pet Resort
    • Fur the Love of Grooming
    • Willow Creek Kennels
    • Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue, Inc.
    • Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital
    • Amarillo- Panhandle Humane Society
    • Charla’s Cuddly Cuts
    • City of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare
    • Harmony Horse Equestrian Center, LLC
    • Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue
    • Red Cross

    The Amarillo Zoo will also have stations set up to teach people enriching your pets at home, keeping house cats in the house, and about the dangers of exotic pet ownership and introduced species, including an up-close look at some creatures that do not make good pets!

    Admission Fee:
    General admission applies for entry into the Zoo. Some booths will be set up outside the Zoo entrance and there is no charge to visit the organizations set up outside.

    For the safety of other visitors and Zoo animals, please leave your companion animals at home! Only certified service animals are allowed to enter the Zoo.

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    Start: April 25, 2015
    End: April 27, 2015