That wild time of year is here and it is a great time to support wildlife by attending your nearest Boo at the Zoo event. You may not be a fan of zoos, but they do exist and need to raise funds to maintain the animals and provide wildlife education. So for Halloween they add Trick or Treating and many other safe family events to their usual fare of animals.

A Lioness at Halloween
A Lioness at Halloween

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The zoo nearest to me is the Denver Zoo and their annual Boo at the Zoo event starts today. In addition to their incredible wildlife exhibits the zoo is offering the chance for the kids to meet and greet the likes of magicians, pirates, fairies, mermaids, superheroes, princesses, jugglers, and real animal ambassadors.

Denver Boo at the Zoo
Denver Boo at the Zoo

Image via The Denver Zoo

What is an animal ambassador you may ask? It is a live animal of a species that has been habituated to humans so that they can be around people. They are used to educate the public about others of their kind. They also help with communicating the goals of conservation. And they can help encourage a life-long love of animals and wildlife in a youngster.

Kids as Animals at Boo at the Zoo
Kids as Animals at Boo at the Zoo

Image via The Denver Zoo (Facebook)

While everyone is encouraged to come in costume there are a few rules. This includes no masks (primarily for the 12 and up), no toy weapons, and no overly graphic costumes are allowed. This year no clown costumes are allowed due to the current rash of scary clowns turning up around the country.

The proceeds from these events go to support the zoo's animals and to support education programs. Check with your nearest zoo for the dates and times of its Boo at the Zoo event.

Sources: Denver Zoo, 10Best, Huffington Post, MNN, MSN

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