On September 25th the Riverbanks Zoo celebrated its animals and visitors with special treats, surprises and fun activities for kids. The event was free with zoo admission ($11.75 adults, $10.75 seniors and military, and $9.25 children 3-12). Here are the highlights:
Fun stuff for kids
Feed Little Boy, the zoo’s only American alligator. Visitors who bid and won this “behind the scene” adventure got to participate in the alligator training session. They were literally feet away from the crocodilian monster!
Kids made their own craft using pasta shells, string and construction paper and also got a free tattoo.
Kids got to learn more about animals at the zoo, touch a bear skull and claw, cayman teeth and leathery skin, etc.
The grizzly bears seemed the most pleased with their watermelon and molasses covered boxes.
Chalka, the silverback gorilla, was intrigued by his colorful snack tube filled with goodies.
This youngster giraffe couldn’t pull away from the tree. Most likely the zoo staff covered the bark with a delicious treat, as he kept licking and licking it…
The lion got a little frustrated trying to open his present filled with tantalizing smelling meat. Eventually he hauled in the cave to “finish” it off in private.
Although we missed the elephant feeding session we still got to see the ladies giving themselves a nice mud spa treatment.
Big and small, feathers and fur all animals got a special treat on Enrichment Day. This exotic bird enjoyed a fresh juicy orange.
The male baboon will take no chances! He claimed this treat as his very own.
While at the zoo take the free trolley to the Botanical Gardens filled with hundreds of flowers, ornamental plants, trees, spices and funky art. There is a special children’s garden and a nice shaded playground.
Mark your calendar for the Boo at the Zoo, a Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Halloween Spooktacular! October 14-16 and 21-30, 6-9PM. Tickets are $6 members ($8 regular admission).
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