Luminous Eyes and a Ghostly Gator Awaits Visitors During Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica

Hershey, Pa. – 2012-10-12 — / — Visitors to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park during Halloween In Hershey are in store for an evening of adventure as they explore the nocturnal habits of its animals during its Creatures of the Night event.

Offered over three fall weekends – October 19-20, October 26-28 and November 2-4 – guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight and delight in a family-friendly Halloween alternative that provides fun and educational activities throughout the 11-acre zoo.

In addition to a nighttime exploration, guests can learn about albino animals in the Southern Swamps region where they can catch a rare glimpse of Sugar, the Zoo’s albino alligator, who will be on exhibit only until December 31.

Other highlights of this seasonal experience include:
• “Touch a Reptile” in the Zoo’s Woodlands Education Room.
• “Truth or Tale,” a program that addresses animal myths and truths, at Woodlands Patio.
• “Scatty Shack,” showcasing “zoo poo” in Big Sky Country.
• “Pumpkin Treats,” where select animals will be given a tasty treat inside a pumpkin at 8 p.m. each night.
• “Cryptozoology,” a display to learn about the Loch Ness Monster or catch a glimpse of Big Foot near the American Black Bear exhibit.

As always, ZooAmerica offers visitors the chance to get up-close to select species through animal encounters throughout the property.

Guests visiting ZooAmerica during Creatures of the Night can enter-to-win a prize package that includes a Halloween-themed gift basket, six regular admission tickets to ZooAmerica and an opportunity to feed the Zoo’s river otters. A winner will be selected each week during the event.

Creatures of the Night takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. The event can be accessed through the one-price admission to Hersheypark in the Dark or from the Zoo’s off-street entrance at $10.50 for regular admission and $8.50 for junior (ages 3 to 8) and senior (ages 55 and older) admission. Children ages 2 and younger are free.

Children 12-years-old and younger are encouraged to dress in costume.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is an 11-acre, year-round, walk-through zoo that cares for more than 200 animals representing more than 60 North American species. Open daily, ZooAmerica is one of only eight zoos in Pennsylvania accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and prides itself on following its mission of conservation.

For more information about ZooAmerica and its Creatures of the Night event, visit or call 717-534-3900.


Rachel Dinbokowitz