October 1, 2016 from 7:00–10:00 pm
Celebrate Oktoberfest and help raise funds for crocodilian conservation.
Witness a gator feeding, experience crocs up-close with special animal encounters, and learn about crocodilians and why it is they need our help. Receive a free Croctoberfest mini beer mug, and enjoy complimentary tastings* from local breweries including Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing, Marley’s Brewery and Grille, Que Brew, Riepstine’s Pub & Brewery, Bullfrog Brewery, Civil War Cider, and Turkey Hill Brewing Company!
Click the brewery logos below for more information.
Satisfy your taste buds with delicious Bavarian-inspired bites provided by the Genetti Hotel & Suites! Bratwurst, German meatballs and spaetzle, pretzel bites with beer cheese, and German potato salad are all on the menu, as well as assorted crudités and cheeses. Not a beer-drinker? Not to worry – the Genetti will also be selling delicious Liebfrgumjilch Rheinhessen wine for $5/glass! (cash only)
Listen to classic rock and other popular tunes performed by The Mallards on Komodo plaza, and peruse zoo exhibits throughout the evening.**
Special thanks to our Croctoberfest sponsor:
The Genetti Hotel and Suites has 208 sleeping rooms available and is known for its European charm, offering attractively decorated, traditionally styled guest rooms and suites, as well as whirlpool rooms, all uniquely individualized and pet-friendly. For more information, visit genettihotel.com.
Learn More about the Cause
Why raise funds for crocodilian conservation?
Six species of crocodilians are on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered: the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis), Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius), Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis), Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer), Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), and Indian gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).
The Malayan gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) is currently listed as Endangered, and the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), and West African Dwarf Crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) are all considered to be of a Vulnerable (Threatened) status.
There is no one cause for the decline of crocodilian populations, but some factors include: habitat destruction, hunting for skins and meat, human interaction, and even competition between species living in the same habitat.
What is the Crocodilian Advisory Group?
The Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG) is the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s first and oldest taxon advisory group, sanctioned by the AZA’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre in 1986. This elite group of zoo and aquarium professionals specializes in captive management, education, and conservation of the world’s crocodilian species; they provide their expertise in husbandry, breeding, educational programs, and captive management for zoo and aquariums worldwide. The CAG’s mission is to promote conservation of the world’s crocodilians and their habitats through species management, education, and research.
How does the CAG help crocodilians?
Through the CAG’s fundraising efforts, they have partnered with other groups (IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Gharial Conservation Alliance) to support conservation, research, and education projects internationally. Some of these include:
- Habitat restoration & reintroduction (including radio tracking) of the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis).
- Funding of international workshops for Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis) conservation.
- Habitat surveys for the Malay gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii).
- Survey equipment for population surveys of the Indian gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).
- Community level education & conservation programs for the Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis).
For more specifics on these and other projects funded by the CAG, click here.
*Beer tastings are strictly complimentary, no purchase required.
**All exhibit areas will be open except for Parakeet Landing.
Please be advised: Due to the nature of this event, only adults 21 years of age and older are permitted to attend. Ticketholders will be required to present their valid photo ID prior to entering the zoo. Ticketholders unable to provide valid photo ID will not be granted admission and will not receive a refund.