I love this time of year.

It's the time when families are out and about, looking for ways to enjoy the warm weather that are affordable. So, it's nice to talk about an event that doesn't come around very often, or ever, for that matter.

This Friday, April 1st, it's FREE FAMILY DAY at the Lubbock Zoo, "Where The Animals Hang Out." You can enjoy all of the attractions of the Lubbock Zoo for no cost on April 1st. But what does that admission price get you?

Zoo Spokesguide Milton Q. Bradley says that the most popular zoo attractions will all be open, now that the zoo has finally been decontaminated after the infamous mass lice incident of 1986. "It took a while, but the animals that survived the pesticides are as spry and active as ever," Bradley said.

Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash
Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash

Guests will marvel at the only giant pandas in captivity in Lubbock County, as well as longtime favorites such as Jerry the Cross-Eyed Jaguar, the PrairieDogPalooza Action Spectacular, and the Joe Exotic Memorial Big Cat Feeding Ground.

Photo by Leon Pauleikhoff on Unsplash
Photo by Leon Pauleikhoff on Unsplash

Bradley said, "Every day, we restock the area with the freshest animals flown in daily from other, overcrowded zoos, such as giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest, so that the lions and tigers can have that 'down home' taste that they've been craving. It's always fun to watch Jerry try to catch one though, 'cuz he's cross-eyed and all."

When asked about the graphic nature of the experience, Bradley stated that "it's really all about the kids, you know. Good family entertainment."

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There are also plenty of fine dining options inside the park, that are environmentally friendly.

"We don't waste anything," Bradley claimed. "If an animal has passed on from old age or if a lion could finish it, we can keep costs down by processing the meat on site and serving it up in our Brahma Barbecue, where guests can share the true wild animal feeding experience. Last year's Pandaburgers were an especially big hit."

The biggest disappointment was the Lubbock Zoo's one-of-a-kind free-range exotic bird display that took two years to envision. Bradley shared the disappointment of the Lubbock Zoo Board of Directors when the idea that the birds would simply fly out of the cage was not anticipated. "That sure shocked the shorts out of us!"

Let's face it, there's nothing like Free Family Day at our beloved, fictitious Lubbock Zoo. One day only, April 1st.

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