Elmwood Park Zoo Announces Animal Hospital Update; holiday events always at your fingertips – timesherald

NORRISTOWN — Elmwood Park Zoo announced this week that construction of its new animal hospital and visitor center is scheduled to begin the first week of January 2023. The state-of-the-art building, made possible by a $30 million donation from an anonymous local donor, will replace the zoo’s main entrance, administrative offices and nature shop.

The zoo will be closed to the public in January and February 2023 so that the existing building and entrance can be safely demolished. It will create a temporary entrance away from the construction area which will be available when the zoo reopens to visitors in March 2023. Details of the temporary entrance will be available at a later date.

Customers who have an active annual subscription through February 2023, or who purchase an annual subscription before March 2023, will automatically receive an additional two months of benefits following the shutdown. Annual members of Elmwood Park Zoo regularly receive free zoo admission and exclusive discounts for an entire year.

Construction of the hospital and visitor center is expected to take just under two years. The zoo aims to complete the project in 2024 to coincide with its 100th anniversary.

In the meantime, the zoo is continuing its annual holiday traditions with Wild Nights, running through Dec. 30 on select nights. With more lights and decorative attractions than ever before, Wild Lights is a ride-on experience, complete with dazzling light shows, illuminated animals and live entertainment. For more information, visit https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/wildlights/

Wild Lights transforms EPZ into a dazzling vacation paradise, with thousands of lights adorning trees, exhibits and buildings throughout the zoo’s 16 acres. (Photo submitted)

Beginning December 3 and continuing every Saturday in December, the zoo offers its popular Brunch with Santa Claus. Every Saturday, guests can enjoy a delicious brunch in the Canopy Gargens room and meet one of the zoo’s education animals. Guests can share their holiday wishes with Santa, take a photo with him, and explore the zoo after your brunch. There are three brunch sessions each day: 10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited for this event, so please register early and arrive on time. The ticket includes admission to the zoo, brunch and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. For more information, visit https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/events/brunch-with-santa/

Benjamin M. Yerger