Date: October 8 2008
Contact: Tom Gillespie

ASHEBORO N.C.—The North Carolina Zoo will hold its second October ZooFEST 2008 event Saturday Oct. 11 featuring African art dance music and mystery in a celebration of African culture and heritage. The Healing Force will perform music and storytelling in the Africa entrance plaza at 10 a.m. noon and 2 p.m. Sugarfoote Productions will perform African drums and dancing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. also in the Africa plaza and storyteller Fred Motley will spin yarns from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Watani Grasslands Reserve. Additionally keepers will place a paper mache` ostrich--specially made by zoo volunteers--in the lion exhibit for the animals’ enrichment at 11:30 a.m. Family entertainment will continue at the N.C. Zoo in upcoming Saturdays in October as part of ZooFEST 2008. On Saturday Oct. 18 Howl-O-Ween will kick off a celebration of Wolf Awareness with educational activities throughout the park face painting wolf-howling contests and opportunities for visitors to meet keepers. Saturday’s activities will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.On both Saturday Oct. 25 & Sunday Oct. 26 the zoo will come alive with its annual Boo at the Zoo featuring two magical days of family entertainment with games treats costume parades and contests each day. This two-day activity runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.All the weekend fun takes place during regular zoo hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is included in the regular zoo admission of 10 for adults 8 for seniors 62+ and 6 for children ages 2-12.ZooFest is made possible in part through sponsorship by Pepsi.The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources William G. Ross Jr. Secretary; Michael F. Easley Governor.