Winter hours have begun at the Hattiesburg Zoo and will continue until Feb. 28. Gates will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. All of the animals can be seen year-round, if the weather permits.
“Each day, keepers assess weather conditions,” said Stephen Taylor, Animal Care Manager. “When the temperature is too cold for animals to enjoy their outdoor exhibit, they will stay indoors in their warm, off-exhibit holding.”
The Asbury Discovery Center will be open for guests to warm up during visits on cooler days. Additionally, outdoor heaters are placed throughout, so visitors can stay warm and cozy.
The education department hosts informative programs throughout the year, like “Inside Out,” an on-site learning adventure available to schools in the Hattiesburg area. The program is completely free and will feature snakes, arachnids, and other unique animals.
“Our outreach programs allow students to connect to animals while providing an educational and exciting experience right inside their classrooms,” said Jeremy Cumpton, Education Manager.
During the months of January and February, the education team will also be heading up “Story Time” which will take place every Friday morning in the education room. Each week there will be a different story read by our education staff at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., featuring an ambassador animal. There is no cost to attend.
For additional information about winter hours or educational programs, call the Hattiesburg Zoo at (601) 545-4576 or visit online at HattiesburgZoo.com.