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Alaska Zoo hosts Moose Madness, Zookeeper Games, Access Zoo days in September


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Zoo will kick off fall with its annual Moose Madness celebration on Saturday, Sept. 2, from noon – 4 p.m. and keep the fall fun going with its first-ever Zookeeper Games and fall carnival on Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon – 4 p.m. Then, the Alaska Zoo will also offer guests with mobility difficulties a chance to explore the grounds and visit with animals at Access Zoo days on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 13, from noon – 3 p.m.

Complete with moose-themed activities for all ages, the zoo’s annual, family-friendly Moose Madness event celebrates one of Alaska’s most iconic mammals and offers visitors an opportunity to get to know these antlered friends who call the zoo home. Attendees can participate in several hands-on educational activities at the event on Saturday, Sept. 2, including creating moose enrichment, a moose calling and spitting contest, a scavenger hunt and more. 

Access Zoo days will also be back this fall. Offering full-park tours to mobility-impaired guests, Access Zoo days provide a way for them to see and experience the zoo without the hassle of crowded trails. Access Zoo days are available to patrons at no added cost thanks to the Alaska Zoo’s partnership with the Anchorage Golf Course and AARP Sourdough Chapter. This fall’s Access Zoo dates are Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 13. No reservation is necessary. 

This year the zoo will host its first fall carnival, the Zookeeper Games on Saturday, Sept. 9. Led by the zoo’s experienced staff and aimed at giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look at animal care, the carnival will give visitors a chance to test their skills in a series of zookeeper-inspired carnival games. The games, such as diet matching and creating animal enrichment, were developed to mimic how zookeepers care for the animals that call the Alaska Zoo home. All games require tickets, available at the event for $1 each. Proceeds from the Zookeeper Games will support the American Association of Zookeepers Alaska Chapter.

“Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year at the Alaska Zoo, and we’re looking forward to bringing back a few annual favorites to celebrate as well as offering new ways for visitors to enjoy the state’s only zoo,” said Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi. “With Zookeeper Games, we hope to offer a new, fun and educational way for the community to get to know our dedicated staff and how they provide top-notch care to our animals.” 

The Alaska Zoo’s fall hours begin Friday, Sept. 1, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, including on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. For more information on fall events at the zoo and more, visit www.AlaskaZoo.org.  

About the Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for more than 45 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of and Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, history, animals and more is available at www.alaskazoo.org.

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