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'Boo at the Zoo' every Saturday in October

Animal lovers and children of all ages are invited to attend the Hesperia Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” weekly event that began Oct. 6. The event involves flashlight tours throughout the zoo during the evening, and is an educational alternative to traditional Halloween events.

“During the tour, myths, legends and spooky stories will be told,” said Stephanie Taunton, who established the zoo in 2001. “We will also be showing our most deadly animals and telling true stories, as well as myths about them.”

The tour is done in costumes and is designed to be very kid friendly and theatrical. During the tour, trivia questions will be asked and candy as well as refreshments will be given out.

The zoo, located on Willow Street, is the only zoo on the High Desert and contains exotic creatures such as tigers, white tiger cubs, a bear, a camel, a lion, a tortoise, miniature donkeys, wallabies, a porcupine, ostriches, a baboon and lemurs.

It is described on its website as “an ever growing project to educate visitors on conservation,” and it hopes to “inform guests of all ages of the importance of preserving our wildlife in a fun, entertaining and sometimes even theatrical environment.”

The family friendly event will begin at 7 p.m. every Saturday in October, and will last about an hour and a half. The tours cost $12 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Children are encouraged to come in costume and bring flashlights.

The Hesperia Zoo is located at 19038 Willow St. Information on the zoo can be found online at www.TheHesperiaZoo.com or by calling (760) 948-9430.


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