The Buzz: At Frank Buck Zoo

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

There's so much going on at the Frank Buck Zoo that we needed to put it right here on our webchannel! We know you didn't have much time this morning to write it all down. So here's the low-down on all the family fun activities.

And there may have been some confusion about Jack Hanna's visit to the Zoo. Tickets are still available! Call 940-668-4314 for more information. The show will be this Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. It's $75 per ticket.

Join us for Feed a Beast Feast where the Zoo's Animal Care Staff will demonstrate their culinary skills in exotic animal enrichment.

Small groups will follow zookeepers on their morning rounds to distribute enrichment to the Zoo's animals. Then, relax and enjoy a continental human breakfast on the Zoo's dining deck. Don't miss out on this special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your favorite zoo animals! Following Feed a Beast Feast, we encourage you to visit the rest of the zoo at your leisure.

Cost: $8.00 adults, $6.00 children
(8-12 years, please no children under age 8).
Space is limited! Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Call 940-668-4539 to register now

Banana trees waving gently in the breeze, the good-night calls of macaws and the rustling of flamingo feathers mingling with the scent of hibiscusblooms. Sounds exotic and distant but this nighttime adventure is as close as the Frank Buck Zoo, where you can sleep with the beasts at our public zoo snooze. Participants will enjoy a light dinner on the dining deck overlooking the zoo, pitch their tents in South America then participate in family oriented nature activities. As darkness begins to fall participants will experience a special live animal presentation, have a late night snack and take a guided nighttime hike through the zoo. There are many nocturnal (night loving) animals at the zoo, this is your chance to find out what they do when the visitors go home! Drift off to sleep in your tent to the sounds of the zoo. Awake to breakfast and an early morning tour of the zoo, this is the time animals are the most active.

Grab your tent and pack light; a sleeping bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, and bug repellent are all you need. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes (no sandals please) and weather appropriate clothing. This totally unique experience begins at 6:00 pm October 6 and ends when the zoo opens to the public at 10:00 am October 7th. Participants can stay and enjoy the zoo at their leisure on Sunday after the snooze.

If this sounds like your family's kind of adventure, register now, only 35
spots are available! Pre-registration and pre-payment is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. To register call Frank Buck Zoo at 940-668-4539. $20 per person (this program is specifically designed for children ages 6 and above). Please note this is a family adventure - children must be accompanied by parent or grandparent. Please check out our website www.frankbuckzoo.com to find out more information about our upcoming events.

Friday, October 26 - Community Pumpkin Decorating Party
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jack-O-Lanterns Needed!!!!

Okay, here it is, your chance to display for all of Gainesville your very
own Jack-O-Lantern. The Frank Buck Zoo's 2nd Annual Pumpkin
Carving Contest will be held on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00 - 7:30
pm in the Leonard Park Pavilion. Help us decorate the zoo by bringing
your pumpkin and sharing your creativity. We ask that all pumpkins be
left to decorate the zoo for Zoo Boo. Pumpkins will be judged for scariest, funniest, and most creative in both adult and children's categories.

Winners will be awarded free passes to Zoo Boo and all winning
pumpkins will be prominently displayed at the zoo entry.

The festivities begin at 4:00 pm in Leonard Park with a costume contest in the Pavilion. Zoo gates open at 6:00 for trick-or-treating and games in the zoo. Admission is $4 for children and $2 for adults. Pre-sale of tickets begins at 4:00 pm. The Leonard Park train will be up and running for tours of Sleepy Hollow.


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