Beast Feast at zoo

Watch zoo an­i­mals chow down at car­cass feed­ings

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The Chat­tanooga Zoo will hold its first af­ter­hours event ded­i­cated to an­i­mal en­rich­ment on Fri­day, Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Beast Feast will give guests the op­por­tu­nity to ob­serve the zoo’s car­ni­vores as they act on their nat­u­ral in­stinct and in­dulge in car­cass feedi ngs. Through­out t he evening, guests will learn from zookeep­ers why car­cass feed­ings and other an­i­mal en­rich­ment is vi­tal for the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and men­tal health of the an­i­mals.

The an­i­mals won’t be the only ones to chow down. Visi­tors at­tend­ing Beast Feast may pur­chase food and drink at the zoo’s res­tau­rant, Wild Burger, or from re­fresh­ment carts. There will also be cash bars serv­ing beer and wine for $ 3 per drink.

“Car­cass feed­ings are very com­mon en­rich­ment prac­tices within many AZA- ac­cred­ited zoos. Car­cass feed­ings sim­u­late feed­ings that would take place in an an­i­mal’s nat­u­ral habi­tat in the wild, and we are ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to share this ex­pe­ri­ence with our com­mu­nity,” says Dar­denelle Long, Chat­tanooga Zoo’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent.

Tick­ets for adults are $6 zoo mem­bers, $12 non­mem­bers; $4 and $8 for chil­dren. Beast Feast tick­ets are sold in the Zoo Gift Shop be­tween 9 a.m. and 5 p. m. Tick­ets will be sold at the door if any re­main.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-697-1322.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A jaguar sa­vors din­ner.

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