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Mark your calendar with these upcoming zoo events

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Get out your calendars. Mesker Park Zoo has released its calendar of events for 2013.

Those events are:

Orchid Escape Exhibit, February 9 – March 16
Hundreds of rare and unusual South American orchids will adorn AMAZONIA, Forest of Riches during Orchid Escape. There will be no additional charge for Zoo visitors to enjoy this beautiful exhibition. Special thanks to Pedia Research.

Orchid Escape Preview Breakfast, February 9
Be among the first to receive an exclusive preview of this year's breathtaking Orchid Escape exhibit. Indulge in an elegant breakfast in the Rainforest Grill and then discuss orchids one on one with some of the area's leading orchid experts. Cost is $30/person and reservations are required. Please call (812) 435-6143 with any questions.

Or-Kid, February 16
This program is perfect for ages 5-12. Participants will learn about orchids, have fun creating a craft, and enjoy an orchid themed snack. The cost of this program for Zoo members is $10 or $15 for non-members.

Members Only Orchid Reception, February 23
This event provides Zoo members with the opportunity to tour Orchid Escape and speak to orchid experts about the exhibit before the Zoo opens to the general public. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided in AMAZONIA's Research Station. The price for the special opportunity is $15 per person.

Meet Dora & Diego!, April 6 & 7
Dora and Diego will be available to meet and greet from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Party for the Planet, April 21
Celebrate Earth Day with the Zoo by enjoying games and crafts, and learning conservation tips. Organizations from around the community will be taking part in this fun event. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Destination Discovery Spring Break Camp, March 25 – 29
Spend your Spring Break with several interesting attractions across Evansville. Call (812) 435-6143 x 414 for more information.

Bloomin' Zoo Members Only Sale, May 3
Enjoy the perks of Zoo membership by receiving the first opportunity to select plants that will go on sale during Bloomin' Zoo Garden Festival. 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Bloomin' Zoo Garden Festival, May 4 & 5
Purchase unique and interesting plants used throughout Zoo grounds. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mother's Day Special, May 12
Bring your mom to the Zoo on Mother's Day and she will receive free admission!

Plant Conservation Day, May 18
Learn about the importance of plants and why their conservation is so important.

Summer Zoo Camp, June 3 – July 28
Take part in one or all eight sessions of Summer Zoo Camp. Each week long session is a different theme! Camps are designed for ages 5-12 and half day camps are available for 4-5 year olds. Please call (812) 435-6143 x 414 to register or for more information.

Zoo Brew,June 8
A fun evening of beer, wine, great food, and entertainment throughout the Zoo. For those 21 and over only. 7-10 p.m. Tickets will be available May 1! Special thanks to Casino Aztar.

Father's Day Special, June 16
Bring your dad to the Zoo on Father's Day and he will receive free admission!

Bowling for Rhinos, June 21
Support this event presented by the Association of American Zookeepers, taking place at River City Recreation. All money raised during Bowling for Rhinos will go directly to Rhino conservation.

Stroller & Wagon Parade, July 4
Bring the kids to the Zoo for some 4th of July fun! Decorate a wagon or stroller and enter it in the Zoo's 4th of July Wagon and Stroller Parade! Registration at 9:30 a.m., parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Please call (812) 435-6143 ext. 409 with any questions.

Member Appreciation Evening, July 10
A special evening with behind the scenes tours, entertainment, and more for the Zoo's loyal members. 5-7 p.m.

National Zookeeper Week, July 21 – 27
Take the opportunity to thank a Zookeeper this week for all their hard work!

Family Fun Day, August 3
Have fun with the family during this exciting summer event. Play a variety of games, listen to keeper talks, and much more!

Zoo 5K, August 31
Run or walk your way through the Zoo during this entertaining event! Special thanks to Ohio Valley Financial Group.

Pony Express Mustang & Classic Ford Club Car Show, September 14
See how many animal themed cars you can spot as you stroll through the Zoo. Vote for your favorite car! 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

ZooFari Wildfire, September 21
On the cool, Autumn evening of September 21st at 7:00 p.m. -Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden will present Zoofari-WildFire! An evening of art, wildlife, music and dining-as you stroll around the Zoo, you will enjoy the flames as they reflect on the water of Lake Victoria.

Old National Bank Boo at the Zoo, October 18 – 20 & 25 – 27
This event provides great Halloween fun for the entire family! Enjoy treat stations, games, crafts, a haunted feature and more at this spooktacular event! 5 - 8 p.m.

Military Day, November 10
Bring a veteran or active military personnel and they will receive FREE admission on this special day.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, December 7 & 8
Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Rainforest Grill. Children will receive a treat bag and enjoy making a special holiday craft. Guests will also enjoy up close & personal animal visits in AMAZONIA. Don't forget your camera!


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