Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Come By and Say Boo!

by | October 15th, 2014

DSC_0019  It’s that time of the year again—time for Oakland Zoo’s annual spooky fun fest, Boo at the Zoo. It’s a two day event, so you can attend either on Saturday October 25th or Sunday the 26th. And just like last year, the Zoo is incorporating a science theme to Boo at the Zoo, so there’s going to be lots of opportunities to learn about cool stuff while celebrating your favorite October holiday.
Once again, Oakland Zoo is partnering with the Bay Area Science Festival, a group of science organizations such as the California Academy of Science, the Exploratorium, UC Berkeley and Stanford that celebrate the Bay Area’s scientific wonders, resources and opportunities. For example, Boo at the Zoo visitors will be able to check out the cool display of Dermestid Beetles on loan from the UC Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The beetles feed on the flesh on dead animals, and thus are an important part of the natural food chain. The museum uses these “zombie bugs” to clean the skulls that they use for educational purposes. How cool is that?
DSC_0140Tables set up throughout the Zoo will host a variety of activities such as craft making, where kids can make things that benefit the Zoo’s animals. At another table you’ll find “Mystery Foods,” where kids get to stick their hands into a container and try to identify what’s waiting inside. It might feel like “witches’ fingers”, “baby vampire teeth,” or even “eyes of a newt.” But when you take a look inside you’ll find some of the many fruits and vegetables that Oakland Zoo keepers use to feed their animals with on a daily basis.
As usual, our Zoo mascot, Roosevelt the alligator will be on hand for photo ops with the kids. He’ll also be leading the big Halloween parade that starts at 11am and again at 1pm near the flamingo exhibit. Follow Roosevelt past the meadow to the Children’s Zoo’s Wildlife Theater, where an Animal Encounter show will DSC_0112present some of the zoo’s creepy creatures up close and personal.
Throughout the Zoo you’ll also find our dedicated volunteer staff—both docents and Teen Wild Guides, at a variety of stations where you can see, touch, and learn about cool animal artifacts such as skulls, teeth, fur and snakeskins.
And don’t forget about the Scavenger Hunt, where kids use clues to find secret locations throughout the Zoo. At each location, they get a stamp. When they find all the DSC_0084locations, they can redeem their stamps for a special Halloween goodie bag full of candy treats.
So bring your little ghosts and goblins (costumed or not) to Oakland Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo held on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. It promises to be a day of spooky fun for kids of all ages. See you there!

How Much Pumpkin Can an Elephant Eat?

by | December 23rd, 2010

Osh hopes to get a pumpkin suspended in a hay net.

Well it was another long and exhausting pumpkin season for Animal Keepers at the Oakland Zoo this year. Due to the rain this fall, our usual local patches didn’t have quite the numbers that they normally do so we drove a truck and trailer all the way out to Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay to top off our supply just to make sure it will last through the spring.  There were lots of helping hands this year . . . literally. The Animal Management Department staff and volunteers generously gave their time throughout our “pumpkin run” days to help load and unload one by one over two thousand pumpkins. We can’t just dump them on the ground from the truck, or they will crack and rot, so they have to be carefully unloaded and placed on wooden pallets to ensure their safety. After three long and exhausting days, the animals are reaping the benefits. From decorative furniture, to puzzle feeders, to popsicles, everybody gets to share in the fun. If you missed out on Boo at the Zoo, not to worry, we’ll be giving our animals pumpkin enrichment

Keepers and volunteers help unload just a small portion of donated pumpkins.

for months to come. Oakland Zoo would like to say a huge thank you to all the patches that donated this year: Moore’s Pumpkin Patch, Pick of the Patch Pumpkins, Speer Family Farm, Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm, Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch, and especially Alden Lane Nursery for donating pumpkins before Halloween for our annual Boo at the Zoo event. Stay tuned for Christmas tree enrichment fun . . .