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Pioneer Day comes to Texas Zoo

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 20, 2012 at 4:20 a.m.


If You Go

• WHAT: Texas Zoo Pioneer Day

• WHEN: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday

• WHERE: Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive

• MORE INFO: Call the zoo at 361-573-7681 or visit TexasZoo.org

Event Schedule

• Chuck Wagon Chat - 9:40 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

• Cactus Charlie - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

• Square Dancing - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Gator Feeding - noon

• Animal Show - 1 p.m.

• Keeper Chat: Coyote - 2 p.m.

• Keeper Chat: Armadillo - 3 p.m.

Join Texas Zoo's Pioneer Day this weekend for gold mining, pony rides, storytellers and covered wagon cowboy chats.

The family-friendly event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive.

Pioneer Day features cultural activities for all ages and hopes to have attendance near 1,000, Texas Zoo Executive Director Amanda Rocha said.

"The whole point of Pioneer Day is just to see what a day in the life of an early settler was like," she said.

Admission is free for annual pass holders, otherwise it is $8 per child and $10 per adult.

Rocha said the event will be a fundraiser for zoo projects, including an expansion of the lion exhibit and a berm project.

Other activities include quilting, archery, square dancing, hide tanning and special presentations on native and range animals such as a coyote and an armadillo.

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