DENVER ZOO ELEPHANT PULVERIZES PUMPKINS AHEAD OF BOO AT THE ZOO
Bodhi the elephant stomps giant gourds at Toyota Elephant Passage
To get Denver Zoo guests in the spirit for its upcoming Boo At The Zoo events, Bodhi, a 12-year-old, male Asian elephant, crushed two, 600-pound pumpkins at today’s Toyota Elephant Passage demonstration. The event didn’t go quite as planned, as the 9,000 pound pachyderm had to step in when Billy, the Zoo’s youngest elephant, shied away from the giant gourds. However, it didn’t take long for Bodhi to squish the squashes once given the chance. The pumpkins were donated by giant pumpkin hobbyist Brian Deevy, in cooperation with Steve Zerr and Zerr Landscaping.
Boo At The Zoo, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, now runs over two weekends and begins this Saturday. Event dates and times are October 22-23 and 29-30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo. This event is included in the price of regular Zoo admission.
New this year, the event will provide nautical-themed entertainment inspired by the Zoo’s traveling art exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” presented by CH2M. These include meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and demonstrations with mermaids, pirates and fairies.
The Zoo will also host Boo After Dark on October 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This after-hours extravaganza, also presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, offers many of the same activities as Boo At The Zoo, but in a more exclusive atmosphere for guests that prefer to trick-or-treat in the evening. Pricing is $17 for adults (ages 12-64) and $12 for children (ages 3-11). Ages 2 and under are free. Membership does not cover admission to this event.
Both Boo At The Zoo and Boo After Dark are also presented in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cigna and Delta Dental.