America’s Teaching Zoo is set to present tricks and treats with annual ‘Boo at the Zoo’ event


A tiger bares its teeth at America’s Teaching Zoo. Image courtesy of VCCCD photo archive.

By Sulor Garretson

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College will host its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween-themed event for all ages that will run for the next two weekends, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. On these dates, Boo at the Zoo will start at 11 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m.

Highlights of the event will include trick-or-treating, wildlife shows, arts and crafts, food trucks, photo opportunities, and a scavenger hunt. Family friendly costumes are encouraged but not required.

Mara Rodriguez, Moorpark College’s zoo development coordinator, expressed excitement towards the upcoming event.

“This year, we anticipate close to 3000 guests to attend over two weekends,” Rodriguez emphasized. “I am looking forward to seeing all of the kids in costume!”

Parking for the event is free and available in the lot right outside the zoo. Tickets are required for admission and can be purchased online.

The entry fee for adults ages 13-64 is $9. The entry fee is $7 for children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 65 and up. Members of America’s Teaching Zoo and children two-years-old and under can attend the event for free. As of right now, 1,300 tickets for Boo at the Zoo have been sold.

Tickets will also be sold at the gate but for a limited quantity. For those planning on attending the event later in the day, admission will not be allowed after 3:45 p.m.

There are also a few other guidelines to make note of. No pets are permitted at the event; however, service animals are allowed. Masks are not required and face coverings are optional for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Additionally, the zoo is currently only accepting credit and debit payments.

While Boo at the Zoo does host typical Halloween’ related activities, there are also activities at the event that pertain to the zoo itself. For example, Boo at the Zoo will highlight individual animals and their stories. Some of the animals that will make an appearance at the event are Clarence, a 99-year-old Galapagos tortoise, and Ira, an eight-year-old African lion.

Ira will have a special carnivore feeding demonstration at 3:30 p.m. on both weekends.

All proceeds made from Boo at the Zoo will go towards funding the America’s Teaching Zoo’s Master Plan. These funds will be used to finish construction of a larger enclosure for the big cats to reside in.

To purchase tickets or learn more about Boo at the Zoo, click here.