Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/18/2013 7:54 PM | Comments: 0
There will be no more boos at the zoo.
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy confirmed the one-time popular Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, will not be returning for an 18th season.
Lorne Perrin, vice-president of park services, said a combination of factors led the conservancy to cancel the event.
Perrin said the event was moved to the zoo’s south end last year as a result of the construction for the Arctic-themed Journey to Churchill exhibit.
It cost more to stage the event at the south end, Perrin said, because of a lack of infrastructure and amenities. In addition, he said the early winter weather in late October was blamed for a serious drop in attendance — 18,000 fewer people than the year before.
With the increased costs going forward and weather-dependent attendance, Perrin said the decision was made to redirect the resources to an education-related event linked to the Journey to Churchill exhibit, which is set to open in 2014.
The conservancy made the decision to cancel the Halloween event in the third week of January, Perrin said, adding the zoo’s partners have since been notified.
Perrin said there is no chance Boo at the Zoo will be returning, adding however conservancy staff are still considering options for its replacement.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Adult sentence sought for youth in assault case
Harper reaches into Quebec bar for top jurist
Funds for Guay Park riverbank project going to balance city's books instead
Cabinet rebel Theresa Oswald says she's considering an NDP leadership run
Heffel art auction hits $12 million in sales
Woman gets two-year jail term for running over man with his own truck
Cornish named CFL's top Canadian again
Canada sends army parkas to Ukrainian troops
Levant ordered to pay $80,000 in lawsuit
@Canada a gift from Spanish shoeshine man
Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided
Newfoundlanders want facts on suspended MP
Expert says Magnotta was organized after Lin's death
Ikea monkey in the market for new home
Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
Fifteen Manitoba First Nations haven't disclosed their financial documents
Jets centre Lowry slapped with one-game suspension
City's planning, property and development chief plans to retire
Winnipeg's first battery-powered electric bus goes into service tomorrow
MD sees charges dropped
News and talk radio still at the top of Winnipeg radio ratings
City committee gives three fire halls historic designations
Liquor store workers start voting today on possible strike before Christmas
Siloam Mission opens podiatry room to help homeless with foot care
Zoo has faults, but it's not all bad
Polo Park debuts shopping app in time for Black Friday
Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94
CBC, NHL websites briefly affected by hack
Flap over leadership-vote plans
Sexual-assault myths persist
Ferguson fallout: Dozens arrested in Calif. unrest
Bowman among local celebrities to appear in RWB's Nutcracker
Manitoba economic outlook 'a good news story': Conference Board
'Fun party for two' ends in tragedy
General strike shuts down services across Greece
'Bannock Lady' Guiboche among human rights awards recipients
Farmers' incomes beefed up
Tory MP retracts video devices advice
Warmer weather -- and snow -- on the way
Ugly but still worth two points