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Buffalo Zoo will celebrate polar bear birthdays during 'Zooper Saturday' event

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Thu, Dec 3rd 2015 04:20 pm
Luna (Submitted photo)
Luna (Submitted photo)

The Buffalo Zoo will celebrate Luna the polar bear's birthday during a "Zooper Saturday" event this Saturday, Dec. 5.

"Zooper Saturday" events occur on the first Saturday of every month. The featured animals for December will be the North American river otters, and the polar bears. Visitors on Saturday can enjoy special keeper talks, animal feedings and other activities throughout the day.

The zoo will host its first ever holiday tree lighting on Saturday evening. Guests who enter after 3 p.m. will receive a reduced admission rate of $5 per person. The program will feature carol singers, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and more seasonal fun.

A full schedule of activities follows:

  • 11:30 a.m. - River otter enrichment at Otter Creek
  • Noon - River otter keeper talk at Otter Creek
  • 12:30 p.m. - River otter feeding at Otter Creek
  • 1:15 p.m. - Polar bear ice "birthday cake" at Arctic Edge
  • 2 p.m. - Birthday treat polar bear enrichment at Arctic Edge
  • 2:30 p.m. - Polar bear keeper talk at Arctic Edge
  • 2:45 p.m. - Polar bear "birthday presents" at Arctic Edge
  • 3 p.m. - Holiday activities begin (hot cocoa, carolers, and Santa) behind Arctic Edge
  • 3:30 p.m. - Ice sculpture polar bear birthday enrichment at Arctic Edge
  • 5 p.m. - Holiday tree lighting

"Zooper Saturday" events are free with regular admission. For more information, call 716-995-6133 or visit www.buffalozoo.org. It is free to park in the Buffalo Zoo's parking lot during winter months.

Luna the polar bear was born to Anana at the Buffalo Zoo on Nov. 27, 2012. She was hand-raised by the zoo's veterinary technician and keeper staff, and has since become a local animal celebrity. The zoo's brand-new Arctic Edge exhibit, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, is home to the two polar bears. It opened to visitors in September.

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