This Memorial Day weekend, visitors to Stone Zoo will see some scaly new faces with big toothy grins when the new American alligator exhibit opens.
The American alligator exhibit, which will be within the Alfred Huang North American Crane Exhibit, will feature three alligators, which range in size from 5 to 7 feet in length. This new space will offer visitors a chance to view these incredible creatures and observe them as they move throughout their pool and bask in the sun. In addition to the large adult alligators, visitors will also be able to see “gators” up close with the three smaller animals, measuring 1 foot long each, that will be featured program animals utilized by the zoo’s education department.
To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, "Lyle the Crocodile," the main character from the popular series of children’s books, will make a special appearance at the zoo on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Storytime will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and after each session there will be a meet and greet with the costumed Lyle the Crocodile.
Throughout the day, children and families will also have the opportunity to meet with zookeepers during scheduled zookeeper encounters at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to learn more about alligators as well as about the similarities and differences between alligators and crocodiles.
The American alligator exhibit is a permanent seasonal exhibit at Stone Zoo. Visitors will be able to see the alligators on exhibit into the early fall.
Adults, $8.95; ages 62+, $7.95; ages 2-12, $6.95; under 2 and members, free. Regular zoo hours: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun. & holidays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. www.zoonewengland.org
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