Fall into these events with Wildlife World Zoo

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The daytime temperature isn't the only thing that promises to be cool this fall, there are fun events with Wildlife World Zoo, too.

First, come join in the fun on Saturday, Sept. 20, 5:30p.m.-8:30p.m. as the Wildlife World Zoo's chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers hosts its Annual Ice Cream Social at the zoo. Several members of the Arizona Rattlers Cheerleaders will serve free ice cream with each paid admission. A silent auction and prize raffle will feature prizes graciously donated by many well-known businesses and attractions in and around the Phoenix metro area, including Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix Mercury, Desert Botanical Garden, and Arizona Science Center. There will be a Wildlife Encounters Show and live jazz provided by BLUZONE.

Admission to the event is $8.00, which includes zoo admission, access to all of the event activities, and of course free ice cream. All animal exhibits open during normal zoo hours will be open. Plus, attendees can enjoy the zoo's rides at a discounted price of $1.00 each.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit two conservation groups: Proyecto titi and Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Proyecto titi works to protect Cotton-top Tamarins in the rainforests of Colombia while SANCCOB works to protect many coastal birds, including Black-footed Penguins, native to South Africa. Both the Cotton-top Tamarin and the Black-footed Penguin are species that can be found at the Wildlife World Zoo.

The second event features our friend and colleague, Jungle Jack Hanna, who is scheduled to appear at the Barnes and Noble Book Store at 21001 N. Tatum road located in Desert Ridge Mall on Sunday, September 28th.

This is your opportunity to meet America's Favorite Animal Adventurer! Kids of all ages will enjoy meeting Jack as he signs copies of his many books including his new release, "Jungle Jack: My Wild Life."

Plus, some of our Wildlife World animal ambassadors will be there, and don't forget to pick up a free children's pass to the zoo. The event begins at 5 p.m. Don't miss it.

Grey Stafford, Ph.D. is the Director of Conservation and Communications at the Wildlife World Zoo and author of the new pet-training book, " ". He appears frequently on 3TV with some of the zoo's fascinating animals.

Wildlife World Zoo, which is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, is open 365 days a year, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16.99 (plus tax) for adults and $8.99 (plus tax) for children 3 to 12; children 2 and younger get in free. For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or visit .