ZOO BOO HALLOWEEN – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2009

The San Francisco Zoo is getting a head start on Halloween festivities this weekend October 24 and 25 from 10:30am to 3:30 pm. With costumes encouraged (but rubber masks discouraged because they might frighten the animals) children are invited to celebrate BOO at the Zoo. Children between 4-14 in costume will receive a dollar off the admission price. Arts, crafts, and entertainment with a holiday theme will make it a day of fun and memories.

A media preview of events scheduled during the weekend took place Wednesday morning. Animals such as owls and lizards will be part of the Zoo’s Haunted Nature Trail.

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Who are you looking at?
Bill Wilson Photo © 2009

Children may have hands on encounter with animals such as the tarantula that is black and orange all year round not just at Halloween.

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Staff members (with tarantula in foreground and owl in background) make sure the zoo guests have an experience that is safe and fun for both the guests and the animals.
Bill Wilson Photo © 2009

While human treats will be distributed at candy stations throughout the zoo, the animals will also be getting their own holiday themed treats. The chimpanzees were the recipients during the media preview.

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The masks were attached to the side of the enclosure with peanut butter and it didn’t take long for the chimp to get in a few tasty licks.
Bill Wilson Photo © 2009

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The chimps liked the brains made out of jello. They didn’t want to miss a bit, which is why this chimp is licking the pumpkin.
Bill Wilson Photo © 2009

All the chimpanzees in this troop were rescue animals, which means they were raised as pets and when they got too big they were donated to the Zoo. One of the female chimps had been the pet of an elderly woman who liked to dress her up and have tea parties. There were hoping that she might put on one of the several hats they had put around the enclosure so we photographers could get a picture of her, but we had to be content with her “ghostly” appearance after wrapping herself in a sheet.

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Getting in the Halloween spirit.
Bill Wilson Photo © 2009

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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