SALT LAKE CITY – (Nov. 19) – While the turkey is in the oven this Thanksgiving Day, Utah’s Hogle Zoo invites you and your family to work up an appetite by attending Feast with the Beasts.
On Thursday, Nov. 25, many of the animals at Hogle Zoo will be treated to their own Thanksgiving meals including large pumpkins, turkey-shaped piñatas and various other enrichment items to help get them into the spirit of the season.
At approximately 10:30, Zuri, our baby elephant, and her mom Christie will host some major stomping as they enjoy an 800 lb giant pumpkin, courtesy of the Giant Pumpkin Growers Association of Utah.
Immediately preceding the pumpkin smashing by the elephants, join representatives from Cache Valley Cheese as they announce the grand-prize-winner of their second annual Signature Recipe Contest. The winner was selected among 20 finalists who submitted recipes incorporating Cache Valley Cheese (or butter) and will be presented an over-sized check for $2,000. The top 20 recipes submitted will be included in an upcoming Cache Valley cookbook.
Feast with the Beasts festivities begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon, just in time to slip the pumpkin pie in the oven!
All piñatas created for "Feast with the Beasts" are courtesy of The Soldier Hollow Charter School located in Midway, UT, and Hogle Zoo’s fabulous volunteers.
For more information, please contact Lindsey Sine at 801.584.1729 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a full list of enrichment activities throughout Feast with the Beasts please visit hoglezoo.org.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.