Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable: our annual Pumpkin Prowl event!
Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Animal Park!
Each year we are joined by guests from around the Triangle and Triad who love to see our residents play with, pick apart, and sometimes even snuggle with their pumpkin enrichment and the fun, creative toys guests make for them in the outdoor enrichment station. Local vendors supply tasty entrées and beverages to ward off the chill air and keep energy levels humming, the perfect combination for an afternoon of watching animals romp and play.
Have you ever wondered what a caracal’s favorite scent is? Or which animals love whipped cream? During Pumpkin Prowl, while you watch the animals explore their enrichment at your own pace, you can also learn interesting facts about how we care for our animal residents from our staff and trained volunteers at the Animal Park!
Tentative Event Schedule – Saturday, November 14th, 2020
- 11:00am: Check-In opens
- 11:00am - 11:45am: Pumpkin carving and decorating
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Enjoy food and drinks from local vendors while the kids play autumn-inspired field games, and visit our fun photo stations.
- 1:00pm: Animal park opens - watch as our animals discover these fascinating new items in their habitats
- 3:00pm: Farewell roar & park closes
Event TicketsTickets will go on sale within 60 days of the event. Please check back in September 2020 for updates.
Need to Know Before You Go
Accessibility, Safety, and Pets
The Animal Park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.
If you are planning to visit the Animal Park, please take a moment to review and complete our online tour waiver. If you would like, you can also download and print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to your arrival. Waivers will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.
For safety reasons, the Animal Park does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Park will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.