Celebrate World Snake Day With Brookfield Zoo


Few animals conjure up misconceptions quite like snakes. There are countless movies dedicated to showcasing how scary they are and their place in many mythologies comes across as negative and to be feared. However, much of the fear surrounding snakes is rooted in secondhand notions of what motivates these beautiful creatures when the truth is that they're probably just as likely to avoid you as you are them. And oftentimes what gets lost in those misconceptions is a desire to learn about and celebrate these fascinating animals.

That's what makes World Snake Day so important. On Tuesday, July 16, join us at Brookfield Zoo in celebrating these reptiles with a series of chats, interactive displays, and chances to meet our many snakes, some of which are endangered, up close. 


Here's what's in store for World Snake Day at Brookfield Zoo:

9:30 a.m.  - Meet snakes in the Hamill Family Play Zoo workshop.
10:30 a.m. - Watch our staff weigh and measure our reticulated python outside of the Reptiles & Birds exhibit.
11:30 a.m. - Meet a bunch of snakes outside The Swamp habitat.
12:00 p.m. - Watch as we weigh, measure, and feed Atticus, our Burmese python at Hamill Family Play Zoo.
2:30 p.m. - Join us at Hamill Family Play Zoo to decorate snake pillowcases. 
3:30 p.m. - Don't miss a Reptile Chat in Hamill Family Wild Encounters focused on snakes.
3:30 p.m. - Meet some of our snakes right outside The Swamp (inside if it rains).

Hamill Family Play Zoo will also offer craft activities throughout the day on Tuesday, allowing guests to make their own snake tongues. There will also be several "surprise" snake chats throughout the day, so always be ready to slither on over to the next one to learn about the beneficial role snakes play in our lives.

World Snake Day activities are free with zoo admission—$21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Even if you're unable to make it to Brookfield Zoo on World Snake Day, consider stopping by the many spots here where snakes call home so you can take a closer look for yourself and learn about what makes these reptiles so special.

Posted: 7/15/2019 9:27:39 AM by Sean Keeley Filed under: Brookfield, pythons, snakes, Zoo

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