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'Zooper Saturday' event featuring the river otters and big cats

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 06:25 pm

Come see the Buffalo Zoo's river otters and fine felines in action.

Enjoy enrichment for the animals and keeper talks about these species. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and activities (with the exception of raffles) are free with zoo admission. River otters will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cats will be featured from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 716-995-6133 or visit www.buffalozoo.org.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Face painters (Face painting will take place inside the EcoStation exhibit.)
  • 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Raffles ($1 per ticket or $2 for three tickets)
  1. Photo raffle (river otter): front gate
  2. Raffle items (big cats): EcoStation

You do not have to be present to win.

River Otters:

  • 11:15 a.m. Keeper Q-and-A session
  • 11:30 a.m. Fish feed
  • Noon Feeder toy enrichment for the otters
  • 12:30 p.m. Raffle winners announced
  • 12:45 p.m. Ice treat enrichment for the otters

Big Cats:

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Help keepers make enrichment for the cats
  • 1 p.m. Lion enrichment
  • 1:30 p.m. Tiger Enrichment
  • 2 p.m. Serval demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m. Snow leopard enrichment
  • 2:45 p.m. Raffle winners announced
  • 3: p.m. Visitor-made enrichment given to lions/tigers

This event is part of the zoo's new "Zooper Saturdays." On the first Saturday of every month, different areas of the zoo will be highlighted for visitors to enjoy.

The next "Zooper Saturday" event will be held on Saturday, April 7, and will feature the Buffalo Zoo's western lowland gorilla troop.

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