Children under the age of 12 will be able to get into the Abilene Zoo for only a dime for the zoo’s 50th anniversary celebration on July 9.
The anniversary beings when the zoo’s gates open at 9 a.m. with the Ballet Folklorico de Big Country performing. At 10 a.m., opening band ceremonies will begin. The Piano Man will perform at 11 a.m., before the Allan Teel Jazz Band at noon and Key City Brass at 1 p.m. Fraid Knot contemporary rock will play at 2 p.m. and to close the celebration, the Trombone Quartet will perform at 3 p.m.
The zoo’s 50th anniversary includes the music fest, zookeeper chats, an alligator bouncehouse, special guests and highlights from the zoo’s history. Birthday cupcakes will be handed out to those in attendance, while supplies last.
Zookeepers are also creating treats, cakes and giftboxes to put out as animal enrichment.
Abilene’s Mayor Norm Archibald will declare “Abilene Zoo Day”, while the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Red Coats and families will designate the day with a tribute.
The Abilene Zoo was founded in 1966, and is on 16 acres in Grover Nelson Park. The zoo has more than 1,000 animals of 270 species from all around the world.