The Palm Beach Zoo is banking on its roster of creatures being nice and fresh on New Year’s Day after its “Zoo Year’s Eve” party as it throws another celebration, this one in honor of Animal Birthdays. The zoo is happy to celebrate the second birthday of Hugo, its youngest Mexican spider monkey. And though there hasn’t been any confirmation, there’s a pretty good certainty that vervet monkeys will not be hired to run any bars for the party. Hugo’s terrible 2s will be flanked by the birthdays of two North American black bear brothers, the cheekily named Lewis and Clark, who’ll be turning 14; and Micco, a Florida panther who’s turning 3. Each of these animals will enjoy a special birthday treat during its Keeper Talks. Activities around the zoo start at 11 a.m., with black bear training at 12:30 p.m., Mexican spider monkey feeding at 1:30 p.m., and a panther talk at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a Kid’s Eco-Friendly Craft Station in the Interactive Play Fountain area where kids can make their own party hats while learning about reusing and repurposing household materials.
The event is included in the cost of zoo admission: adults $18.95, seniors $16.95, and kids 3 to 12 $12.95. Toddlers get in free. The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-533-0887, or visit palmbeachzoo.org.
Thu., Jan. 1, 2015