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Winter event helps support off-season animal grocery bill at Buffalo Zoo

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Sat, Feb 18th 2017 10:25 am

"Polar Bites," the Buffalo Zoo's popular winter fundraiser, makes a return next week at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event helps to offset the zoo's winter season grocery bill of approximately $93,750.

While zoo attendance has been robust so far in 2017 - thanks in part to a new male polar bear warming Luna's heart, and an ocelot kitten named Nico - it is still winter, and the animals still have to be cared for and maintained. "Polar Bites" offers an opportunity for the community to help support these care and maintenance efforts through the balance of the winter season before the high-volume spring and summer seasons begin.

"We are very excited to bring 'Polar Bites' back to the community; this event not only helps us celebrate the winter season, but helps contribute to our animals care," said Todd Geise, the zoo's director of marketing. "The weather forecast is looking great for next week, so we hope that the community will come on out and enjoy a winter evening with us, supporting a great cause."

"Polar Bites" will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to live animal ambassadors making an appearance, hosting and DJ duties by "Kiss" 98.5's Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas, "Polar Bites" will feature more than 20 food and dessert vendors offering their tasty "bites" prepared exclusively for the event. The event also includes a gift basket auction and the "Polar Bear Plush Palooza Gift Card Game of Chance."

Presale tickets, at $30 each, are available at www.buffalozoo.org (through 5 p.m. Thursday). A limited number of VIP tickets offering a one-hour early admission and private sampling are also available.

Additional information is available at www.buffalozoo.org.

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