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
A Tribe Called Red pulls out of CMHR opening weekend
Sheriff: US man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter
Huge turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote
About 300 participate in Take Back the Night march
Fire destroys Grand Beach bakery
Body pulled from Red River near Lockport
Cost for Bipole III jumps to at least $1 billion more
Never-ending construction season
Suspected drunk driver, subdued by bystanders, still in hospital but facing charges
Home Depot says malware affected 56M payment cards
More details emerge on downtown stabbing
Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered
Tenors to drop by News Café on Friday
Woman charged with aggravated assault after man stabbed, cop kicked
Dauphin hotel fire deemed suspicious
New infrastructure policies scarce at mayoral forum, tourism ideas abound
Fires near CMHR draw attention to aboriginal issues
Manitoba ER wait times higher than national average: CIHI report
Maurice promises 'an exciting, very aggressive brand of hockey'
Pallister pushes for spring election
Winnipeggers ready to Take Back the Night
Canadian Art Foundation honouring Wanda Koop with new fund
Pair facing more charges after fabricating a complaint against police
Final chapter in City Beautiful debuts Friday
Sanders takes aim at BIZ, Bowman
Two outlet channels for lakes could cost $450 M: Ashton
Harper will not attend opening of CMHR
Bones found on riverbank not human, police confirm
Tory MLAs challenge province on emergency Lake St. Martin channel
Owner of poisoned bees convinced it was "targeted attack"
Looking to the Red for answers, peace
Records: Man urged victim to kill self via webcam
British hostage appears in new video
Cost of satellite ministerial offices soar
Plenty of good weather for golf, yard work ahead
Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists
Is a playoff berth realistic or do the Jets have too many unsolved questions?
Cougar killed in Calgary, no second cat
Air Canada joins WestJet in charging bag fee
Museum at dusk and dawn