The Navajo Nation Zoo hosted its THIRD Annual ZooBOO! event on October 29, 2011. This event is designed to provide a free, fun, and safe place for everyone to celebrate Halloween and the change of seasons. Like all previous events, admission and all the activities were FREE for everyone.
We are proud to say that this year's ZooBOO! was incredibly successful. The Zoo hosted over 5,000 people between 10am and 5pm. One of the highlights of ZooBOO! is the costume contest, which had a record turnout for participants.
Other highlights included a visit and inspirational talk from Mr. Ben Shelly,the Honorable President of the Navajo Nation. He provided comments regarding the Navajo Nation's plans to build an Eagle Aviary at the Navajo Zoo. Also, Mr. Vince Redhouse, world-renowned flutist, played several selections on the Native Flute, one with his students from St. Michaels High Music Department. Miss Navajo, Ms. Crystalyne Gale Curley provided an inspirational talk to the audiance as well.
Zoo Events are aimed to please children. This event had their all-time favorites, including: inflatable slide and jumphouse; face-painting, balloon animals, coloring pages, basketball and beanbag toss games. Since bead-crafts were such a success at ZooFest, we allowed children to make beaded pumpkins, skull, and black cats. Cool!
A new booth this year allowed families to have their picture taken in front of a Halloween scene, and we provided them a free 4x6 within minutes; this provided a keepsake of their great Zoo experience. The Zoo also awarded every 20th person through the door with a free pumpkin, and a carving station to make a jack-o-lantern.
Gallup Solar hosted their "Family Fun Day" at the Zoo during ZooBOO! and provided an awesome educational experience on the benefits and latest technologies of solar energy to many, many visitors throughout the day.
All-in-all a great day was had by over 5,000 visitors to ZooBOO! 2011.
Because of the large attendance and success of this event, we are looking forward to next year's FOURTH ANNUAL ZOOBOO!, tentatively scheduled for October 27th, 2012.