The spooks came out to play this Halloween weekend at the Zoo, and our grounds were full with all sorts of strange creatures roaming around! Children and parents dressed up as characters of all shapes and sizes. This was the 3rd annual BOO AT THE ZOO. It was a great event that was creative, a little on the creepy-crawly side, but totally tons of fun for everyone.
Halloween has been a popular family tradition for many years. And look at the role animals have played in Halloween: Spiders, black cats, owls, crows and bats are all well-known Halloween symbols. During Boo at the Zoo, these critters and many other ”feature creatures”, celebrated along with our guests.
Families first entered the Zoo through a larger than life Spectacled owl guarding the entrance to our “haunted hallway.” The hallway was transformed into a mysterious tunnel, full of fog, jungle sounds, and scarecrows. After that, guests moved out into the Zoo to explore other spooky places.
Rose the crocodile was the official greeter for the day. Weighing in at over 25lbs, she was a sight to behold, sitting contentedly on Zoo Director Sharon Matola’s lap. Guests were stunned to see this usually “fearsome predator” so at ease, and eagerly learned cool croc facts while admiring Rose. October is Croc-tober, by the way!
TBZ staff and volunteers joined in on the fun, too, and roamed the Zoo dressed as jaguars and harpy eagles. These clever top predators made all guests smile as they handed out candy.
While some staff were busy handing out sweets, others were engaging the trick-or-treaters in fun activities. Pin the tail on the jaguar, bowling for animals, and other cool games earned players treats and prizes galore.
Some of Belize’s “creatures of the night” also made friendly appearances, including the tapirs, jaguars, and, of course, the owls! Our friends from the Belize Raptor Center were on the scene with “Luna,” the lovely Spectacled owl. Luna hung-out near the home of another famous Spectacled owl, “Hoodwink.” Both of these beautiful birds showed our amazed guests that they are not just beautiful, but also extremely beneficial. Owls help to control rodent populations!
Boo at the Zoo was a big hit! Our staff and volunteers worked hard to ensure that it was an enjoyable and educational event for all. Think this year’s Boo at the Zoo was outrageously fun? Wait til next year, goblins and great spooky surprises are in the plans…..and to all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!