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Media Release

Adelaide Zoo and its animal residents are gearing up for some spooky fun come Halloween night as the zoo's popular celebration, Boo at the Zoo, gets set to be wicked fun for the whole family.

On Friday 31 October, Adelaide Zoo will transform into a festive and not too scary Halloween destination for families, an event that drew more than 3,500 visitors last year.

At the sold out event, ghoulish guests will enjoy a children's trick-or-treat trail, a series of special Halloween themed animal presentations, giveaways and much more!

Adelaide Zoo Events Coordinator, Ebony Priest says Halloween tends to cater to those looking for bone chilling frights, however families with young children are now on the hunt for safe and family friendly options to celebrate the spooky day.

"Like so many of our special events, Boo at the Zoo has been designed to cater to families, and in this case, to turn a usually frightening event into family friendly mischief - it's a great excuse to experience the zoo in a different way," Ebony said.

"I have no doubt the population of bears, tigers and monkeys will double at Adelaide Zoo on Halloween, as children and parents alike are encouraged to dress the part – whether scary or sweet.

"Although the animals are still the stars of the show, this year's wicked fun includes seven trick-or-treat stations, more refreshments and bigger, thrilling entertainment transforming the zoo into an experience like no other!"

Zoo keepers have also been busy brewing spooky tricks and treats so the animals can join in the Halloween fun too. Ghoulish guests will be treated to a jam-packed Halloween enrichment schedule as Adelaide Zoo residents chow down on pumpkins and use the ghoulish décor to strike an adorable pose.

More thrills will be had as guests see the tigers tear into Halloween enrichment treats, meerkats scurry across a haunted pumpkin patch and coatis tuck into carved Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins stuffed with treats.

Adelaide Zoo will close early for regular daytime visitors at 3:30pm on Friday 31 October to transform the zoo into a haunted Halloween spook-tacular. A series of specially themed zones will complete the ghoulish décor including a creepy graveyard, witches den and a haunted house.

Boo at the Zoo kicks off at 4pm with final entry at 6pm. This is a sold out event and tickets will not be sold at the gate on the night.

Join in the mischief Halloween night! Ticket holders can find more information on the Adelaide Zoo website.

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With winter behind us, Adelaide and Monarto Zoos are inviting visitors to celebrate the changing seasons during the spring school holidays.

Visitors will explore the beautiful surroundings of both zoos and learn handy hints on how to transform their gardens at home to attract more native birds and animals as well as participate in fun nature-themed activities each day.

One lucky visitor will take home a gardening voucher package valued at $900 thanks to the teams at Golden Grove, Peats Soil, Garden Supplies and Neutrog. Through completing a special activity trail, children will also go in the draw to win their very own gardening package, perfect for little budding green thumbs!

Learn more about some of the unique and heritage plant life at Adelaide Zoo on the free walkabout tours and take a self-guided walk along the many walking tracks at Monarto Zoo to see some of the hidden gems that are a part of the zoo landscape.

Adelaide Zoo Acting Senior Panda Keeper, Lucy Catt says that spring is a great time to get out and visit the zoo.

"With the beautiful weather forecasted for spring, what better time to get out of the house, and come to the zoo! With the warmer weather and longer days, many of the zoo animals become very active and are great to watch," Lucy said.

Special keeper presentations will focus on how the spring weather awakens our animals and extra 'Meet the Keeper' sessions will allow visitors to interaction with those responsible for caring for the animals and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

So come out of hibernation these spring holidays and explore the green surrounds of our beautiful zoos!

For more information on the spring school holiday program, including all activity dates and times please head to the Zoos SA website.

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The 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season has come to an end for another year. Adelaide Zoo staff are very pleased with the natural breeding behaviours both pandas displayed this year, in particular the dominant male behaviours Wang Wang displayed.

Although a competent mating did not take place this year, the four days of introductions between Wang Wang and Funi gave the young pair an invaluable opportunity to build their breeding skills.

As Adelaide shifts its focus from pandas back to football, and its other black and white (and teal) star team, the signs look good that the panda pair will progress from the rookie list to the big time next year.

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The 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season is underway as behavioural observations and hormone analysis in the last 24 hours indicate Funi is heading towards the peak of her yearly oestrous cycle.

Introductions between Wang Wang and Funi began this morning in the night quarters of the panda building where the pair can be closely monitored by Adelaide Zoo staff.

Adelaide Zoo Veterinarian, Dr David McLelland says hormone analysis indicates Funi is currently heading towards the peak of her oestrous cycle.

"In the last 24 hours we have seen a significant change in Funi's behaviour and hormone analysis indicates she is close to ovulation," David said.

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As the temperature across Adelaide begins to rise, so too have Giant Panda, Funi's hormone levels, marking the official start to the 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season.

Behavioural and physiological signs indicate Wang Wang and Funi are within days of the yearly breeding season as zoo keeping and veterinary staff work hard to finalise preparations.

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