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Safari West Halloween Spook-tacular!

Saturday October 28, 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Safari Trek & Treat on the Sonoma Serengeti!

Starting at 10 am -Treks booked each 45 minutes
Adults $50; Children (4-12) $25
Includes all the Spirited Halloween Fun plus a Hauntingly Tasty Taco Bar!

Reservations can be Booked Online, alternatively, you may also call (707) 566-3667 or email reservations@safariwest.com.

Celebrate Halloween at Safari West and trick-or-treat through a sea of skeletons courtesy of our Osteology Team!

(os•te•ol•o•gy: The branch of anatomy that deals with the structure and function of bones)

Discover what bones can teach us! Since 2012, the Safari West Osteology Team has been studying the bones of species housed in our Safari West collection. To honor the  animals who have lived out their lives here, we preserve their skeletons for use in academic research and educational demonstrations. This complex process helps us develop a greater understanding of what these animals are and how they live. This annual event provides a rare opportunity to explore the methods osteologists use and the important insights they can uncover.

Come Trick or Treat at Safari West and explore a wonderful world of bones!

 

Special Treats


Trick-or-Trek Tours

Board the Nairobi minibus and explore herds of giraffe and antelope, long-horned cattle, and our awe-inspiring southern white rhinos! Trek loops last for 35-40 minutes and are great for even the youngest members of your herd!

After your Nairobi trek, explore the lower grounds to discover cheetahs, monkeys, exotic birds and more! Beginning at 10:00 am, the Nariobi departs every 45 minutes (10:00/10:45/11:30/12:15/1:00/1:45/2:30/3:15).
Only 20 seats available for each loop so reserve your spot today!

Trick-or-Treat!

Children of all ages (including the grown-up kind) are invited to trick-or-treat their way through our skeletal exhibits. Collect scrumptious Halloween candy as you venture through the Conservation Pumpkin Patch, boldly enter the Junior Keepers’ Mad Science Lab, marvel at the diversity of horns in our Wall of Skulls, and honor the dead in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos among the standing skeletons rebuilt by our dedicated Osteology Team. The Safari West Trick-or-Treat Trail is your place for excitement, adventure, learning, and of course, Candy!

Conservation Costume Contest

Embrace the spirit of Halloween and come explore in costume! We welcome all kid-friendly costumes, but we really look forward to the creatively conservation-minded! We will be awarding a Safari West gift certificate to the most creative and conservation-minded costume in each age bracket (3-7 & 8-12). This prize is good for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) to come back and venture out on our Classic Safari Tour. See contest details below!

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Conservation and Osteology

  • Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Why Osteology?

Dazzle us with a Halloween costume made from recycled/re-purposed materials and take home the prize! Our judges watch for the most creative, most appealing, and most inspiring re-purposes Halloween costume in the park. Costumes can include materials from old Halloween costumes, old clothes, or anything else that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or recycling plant. Our goal is to see you skip the prepackaged, few-use costumes that fill the dumpsters come November 1st and instead show off your creativity and conservation thinking!

We have two great prizes up for grabs! The most creative and inspiring costume from each age bracket will win a Safari West gift certificate for two adults and two children to come back and enjoy our Classic Safari Tour. The gift certificates will adhere to our standard policy, have no monetary value, and are non-transferrable.

How it works:

  • There are two age brackets: 3 to 7 years old and 8 to 12 years old (though everyone is encouraged to dress up!)
  • Contest runs from 10:00am until 3:30pm
  • There will be a designated area on the lawn where we will photograph all contestants and ask the contestant (or guardian) to fill out a brief description of the costume (what it is and how it was made).
  • The costumes will be judged by three members of our conservation staff and a winner will be announced on Halloween Day (Oct. 31), by email and/or telephone.
  • The judges will be looking for creativity in design and product use (with conservation in mind).

Photo Release:

  • The parent or legal guardian agrees that Safari West owns the copyright to these photographs and waives any claims for either invasion of privacy or trust.
  • The parent or legal guardian must agree to give Safari West permission to use the photograph on our website and/or social media channels including written copy that may be created to appear in connection with our conservation efforts.
  • The winner’s first name and photograph may also be posted on our website, Facebook and/or other social media channels.

The Rules

  • Costumes must be homemade. They can be constructed from old clothes, old costumes, or just about anything else as long as you are not buying a premade/manufactured costume.
  • Your costume must be made to look like something. Essentially, we will not accept contestants that can’t tell us what they are for Halloween.
  • Contestants must be signed up for a Safari West program (tour, trek, dinner, etc) to enter.

This October the Safari West Conservation Pumpkin patch has evolved! We will be open throughout the entire month and will give our guests the option to either sponsor a pumpkin for animal enrichment or to purchase a pumpkin to carve at home.

Sponsoring a pumpkin for animal enrichment is a surefire way to make a critter’s day! Every year we acquire an abundance of this fall bounty. The vibrant orange gourds are then put to use as exciting additions to each animal home by our husbandry experts. Whether whole, carved, stuffed, or smashed, the critters at Safari West have a ball with these once-a-year treats. This is also a great time of year for the Safari West keepers as they get to find creative new ways to execute our pumpkin enrichment agenda. This year we’d like to share this excitement with you!

Whether you come for a tour, a meal, or an overnight stay be sure to look for the Safari West conservation pumpkin patch on Flamingo Landing. Visit the patch and you’ll have an opportunity to sponsor a pumpkin for the next week’s enrichment program or purchase one to take home. The proceeds generated from this fundraiser will be matched by the owners of Safari West and donated to the Vulture Conservation Foundation. Given the plight of nearly all vulture species and their symbolic association with our Osteology program, we are excited to support this charismatic and often misunderstood group of birds.

How it Works

  • Minimum $5 donation per pumpkin (no maximum)
  • Give us your email and we will send a photo of the animals enjoying your sponsored pumpkins!
  • Pumpkin Patch will be open most days through October.

What can the bones of the dead tell us about the living? Many people are now aware of the uses of osteology in forensic science. Popular television shows depict forensic anthropologists and other medico-legal professionals studying human remains to establish who a person was and how they died. It is true that with proper training the osteologists can accurately determine a person’s age, whether they were male or female, their height and even, to some degree, their ancestry. They can also determine aspects of how a person lived (in good health or bad, past injuries/illness) and how they died.

This, however, is only one tool in the osteologist’s toolbox. Research in skeletal analysis is also used in uncovering stories of the deep past whether looking at early human settlers or tracking the course of human evolution. These skills are not only limited to the study of humans. The analysis of animal (faunal) remains is used throughout archaeological, paleontological and biological sciences and allows us to track cultural uses of animals as well as evolutionary pathways and relationships. There is even a branch of forensic sciences dedicated to faunal analysis which helps us at Safari West investigate, in great detail, how our animals lived and died on property!

Costume Contest

Dazzle us with a Halloween costume made from recycled/re-purposed materials and take home the prize! Our judges watch for the most creative, most appealing, and most inspiring re-purposes Halloween costume in the park. Costumes can include materials from old Halloween costumes, old clothes, or anything else that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or recycling plant. Our goal is to see you skip the prepackaged, few-use costumes that fill the dumpsters come November 1st and instead show off your creativity and conservation thinking!

We have two great prizes up for grabs! The most creative and inspiring costume from each age bracket will win a Safari West gift certificate for two adults and two children to come back and enjoy our Classic Safari Tour. The gift certificates will adhere to our standard policy, have no monetary value, and are non-transferrable.

How it works:

  • There are two age brackets: 3 to 7 years old and 8 to 12 years old (though everyone is encouraged to dress up!)
  • Contest runs from 10:00am until 3:30pm
  • There will be a designated area on the lawn where we will photograph all contestants and ask the contestant (or guardian) to fill out a brief description of the costume (what it is and how it was made).
  • The costumes will be judged by three members of our conservation staff and a winner will be announced on Halloween Day (Oct. 31), by email and/or telephone.
  • The judges will be looking for creativity in design and product use (with conservation in mind).

Photo Release:

  • The parent or legal guardian agrees that Safari West owns the copyright to these photographs and waives any claims for either invasion of privacy or trust.
  • The parent or legal guardian must agree to give Safari West permission to use the photograph on our website and/or social media channels including written copy that may be created to appear in connection with our conservation efforts.
  • The winner’s first name and photograph may also be posted on our website, Facebook and/or other social media channels.

The Rules

  • Costumes must be homemade. They can be constructed from old clothes, old costumes, or just about anything else as long as you are not buying a premade/manufactured costume.
  • Your costume must be made to look like something. Essentially, we will not accept contestants that can’t tell us what they are for Halloween.
  • Contestants must be signed up for a Safari West program (tour, trek, dinner, etc) to enter.
Pumpkin Patch

This October the Safari West Conservation Pumpkin patch has evolved! We will be open throughout the entire month and will give our guests the option to either sponsor a pumpkin for animal enrichment or to purchase a pumpkin to carve at home.

Sponsoring a pumpkin for animal enrichment is a surefire way to make a critter’s day! Every year we acquire an abundance of this fall bounty. The vibrant orange gourds are then put to use as exciting additions to each animal home by our husbandry experts. Whether whole, carved, stuffed, or smashed, the critters at Safari West have a ball with these once-a-year treats. This is also a great time of year for the Safari West keepers as they get to find creative new ways to execute our pumpkin enrichment agenda. This year we’d like to share this excitement with you!

Whether you come for a tour, a meal, or an overnight stay be sure to look for the Safari West conservation pumpkin patch on Flamingo Landing. Visit the patch and you’ll have an opportunity to sponsor a pumpkin for the next week’s enrichment program or purchase one to take home. The proceeds generated from this fundraiser will be matched by the owners of Safari West and donated to the Vulture Conservation Foundation. Given the plight of nearly all vulture species and their symbolic association with our Osteology program, we are excited to support this charismatic and often misunderstood group of birds.

How it Works

  • Minimum $5 donation per pumpkin (no maximum)
  • Give us your email and we will send a photo of the animals enjoying your sponsored pumpkins!
  • Pumpkin Patch will be open most days through October.
Why Osteology?

What can the bones of the dead tell us about the living? Many people are now aware of the uses of osteology in forensic science. Popular television shows depict forensic anthropologists and other medico-legal professionals studying human remains to establish who a person was and how they died. It is true that with proper training the osteologists can accurately determine a person’s age, whether they were male or female, their height and even, to some degree, their ancestry. They can also determine aspects of how a person lived (in good health or bad, past injuries/illness) and how they died.

This, however, is only one tool in the osteologist’s toolbox. Research in skeletal analysis is also used in uncovering stories of the deep past whether looking at early human settlers or tracking the course of human evolution. These skills are not only limited to the study of humans. The analysis of animal (faunal) remains is used throughout archaeological, paleontological and biological sciences and allows us to track cultural uses of animals as well as evolutionary pathways and relationships. There is even a branch of forensic sciences dedicated to faunal analysis which helps us at Safari West investigate, in great detail, how our animals lived and died on property!

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Safari West Halloween Spook-tacular!