Whooo is ready for Boo at the Zoo? The family-friendly Halloween event, presented by @central_market, is only a few days away! Join us Oct. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see what we have brewing this year. With treat stations, carnival games, animal shows and more, Boo at the Zoo is sure to be a scary good time. Find more at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo.
Calling all mummies and daddies – we’ve got a spooktacular event for your ghouls and boys that you don’t want to miss! Join us for a Spooky Sleepover on Saturday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 29. Kids will explore the Zoo after dark, and our Animal Outreach team will be in bright and early to talk about the things that go “bump” in the night. Learn more at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/overnights.
Say “guten tag” to two of the Zoo’s newest residents! The Zoo recently acquired two orangutans from Germany to join the World of Primates exhibit. Zora, a female, and Kajan, a male, are both 27 years old and are settling in to their new digs. Since German is the only language that Zora and Kajan have been exposed to prior to arriving in the U.S., keepers have relied more on visual cues to communicate with the orangutan pair. Be sure to swing over and say hello for yourself!
Don’t forget – the deadline to submit your pumpkin for Boo at the Zoo’s pumpkin patch is THIS Friday, Oct. 20. We can’t promise you that every pumpkin will get selected, but we can promise that your pumpkin won’t end up like this one. If your pumpkin is selected for a place in the pumpkin patch, you will receive two complimentary passes to Boo at the Zoo. What are you waiting for? Get goin’ on those gourds! Find guidelines and more information at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo.
For many of us, October to February is a time to eat more than normal while staying as warm as possible. For the Louisiana pine snake, it’s the exact opposite. This month, the snake began its winter brumation (aka hibernation for ectothermic species) in order to mimic natural cycles and give their metabolism a rest. Over the next few weeks, the snakes will be exposed to temperatures slowly-decreasing to a low of 55 degrees within a specially-designed room at MOLA. Although they are awake throughout this period, they do not eat just as would occur in the wild. Beginning in early February, the room temperatures will slowing increase back to a normal springtime high of 80 degrees and the keepers will begin pairing the animals for breeding.
••• Also native to Texas, the Louisiana pine snake is considered one of the rarest snakes in the United States, and offspring from the Fort Worth Zoo’s important breeding population are destined for release into the wild. Over the last two years, the Zoo has released 17 snakes back into the wild. Stop by and see two young animals now on view in MOLA.
Who’s ready for some trunk or treating? Join us for Boo at the Zoo, presented by @central_market, on Oct. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy treat stations, carnival games, animal shows and more. It’s sure to be a howling good time! Learn more at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo.
Quick - name that turtle! This is actually an Egyptian tortoise. But yes, it is also a turtle as all tortoises are turtles (but not all turtles are tortoises). Want a comparison that might help you remember? It’s basically like saying all golden retrievers are dogs, but not all dogs are golden retrievers. Let’s recap – tortoises : golden retrievers, turtles : dogs. #themoreyouknow#breakingitdown
Next month, Nov. 10 through 12, the Zoo will host a three-day Heroes Weekend. Join us as the Zoo will honor veterans, reserve and active duty personnel of the U.S. military, as well as all first responders. Heroes Weekend will include free admission for the “Hero” and one guest, and a $2 discount on up to four additional tickets. Find more information about Heroes Weekend at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/heroes-weekend.
Fort Worth Zoo conservation biologist Rick Hudson received one shell of a gift!
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Rick may be questioning the saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas"! The US Embassy in Madagascar's capital city Antananarivo presented TSA President Rick Hudson, @hoglezoo Utah’s Hogle Zoo's Christina Castellano, TSA-Madagascar's Herilala Randriamahazo, and TSA-Madagascar's triage center lead keeper Mirana Anjerimaina, with this "monster" female Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata). As Rick stated, "This is the largest Radiated Tortoise any of us have ever seen." The US Embassy gifted this and a group of long-term captive Radiated Tortoises to the TSA.
Iggy’s in the Halloween spirit! Are you? If so, sign up to volunteer for Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo, presented by @central_market, will run from Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 29. At this time we only need volunteers for Sunday, Oct. 29. As members of the Boo Crew, you and/or your organization will have the opportunity to earn community service hours at our ‘spooktacularly’ fun event! Find more information at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/volunteer.
For a bird nicknamed “keeper of the dead” by the Hopi tribe, these burrowing owls are pretty cute. Born this summer, the burrowing owl chicks and their parents are out and about (when they’re not, you know, burrowing) in their exhibit in Texas Wild!.