Join us for the 2nd annual
An Oktoberfest-inspired event for crocodilian conservation
October 7, 2017 from 7:00–10:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Justin Strawser, Sunbury Daily Item
All of our favorite things are coming together for one croc-tacular event!
Crocs & 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! And we’re not just raising awareness for croc conservation…we’re putting our money where our mouth is: a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Crocodilian Advisory Group! (more info at bottom of page)
Because what would an Oktoberfest celebration be without beer?!
And NEW for 2017: Thanks to PA Act 166 of 2016, breweries are now able to sell their products! So bring some extra cash and take home a few of your favorite brews!
Satisfy your taste buds with delicious Bavarian-inspired bites provided by the Genetti Hotel & Suites.
Rock out (or CROC out) on Komodo Plaza! Enjoy rock, classic rock, and other popular tunes from the 70s to now performed by Audiobox!
This is an obvious one, but the zoo will be open all night for perusing! Unfortunately this does not include Parakeet Landing as the birds need their beauty sleep (and the exhibit isn’t wired for lighting).
*Croc Photo Op*
We would love to see your Croctoberfest experience, so please share your event photos and videos with us on social media using #Croctoberfest2017!
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.
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.