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Explore the Zoo: After Dark

Take a peek at the animals' “secret” after-hours activities with a special safari!

Many of our animals become active at night. Take a peek at their “secret” after-hours activities with a special safari through our Exhibit Gallery with only a flashlight to guide you! See lots of critters in action including mambas, cobras, pythons, and rattlesnakes, along with aquatic turtles, poisonous dart frogs, tree monitors, and crocodilians.

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Live Shows

Take in a show featuring a great horned owl, Norway rat, scorpion, kinkajou, rattlesnake, and more!

You’ll be amazed by the efficiency of most nocturnal animals. Snakes, for example, are among the most efficient nocturnal predators even though they have poor eyesight. Their excellent sense of smell aids in detecting and tracking prey. Snakes smell with their tongue and some even have heat-sensing organs on either side of their heads to detect the distance and location of prey!

Learn all this and more with our nocturnal shows at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00.

Fall Fun

Experience the zoo like never before! Enjoy boo-tiful surroundings with creatively carved jack-o-lanterns, torchlit paths, and more.

And don’t miss our awesome marshmallow toasting station! Enjoy the crisp autumn air and the glow of smoldering hot coals while you toast up a tasty treat! We’ve created an innovative contraption for allowing the children to toast their own marshmallows in a fun, safe way. So take a break from your safari and enjoy a DIY snack!

Reptiland staff will be at this station to control the flow of traffic in this area, hand out supplies, etc., but children must be supervised at all times.

Festive Photos with Darwin

We are offering the chance to have your photo taken with Darwin the great horned owl with a fun, Halloween-themed background! For just $20, you’ll get up close to this impressive animal and take home a great souvenir to remember your time at Flashlight Safari.

Tickets for this special experience can be purchased at the admissions desk on the night of the event.

No more than two adults and one child can be in one picture, and one person is preferable as too many people may make the owl nervous.

Torchlit Dinos

No flashlights are needed here—experience Dinosaurs Come to Life lit with torches and spotlights! Trek through this prehistoric path to see the impressive Tyrannosaurus rex as well as Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more!

Get Dinner Here, Too

Grab a bite from local food truck The Big Chee while you’re here.


Additional Event Information

Tickets will be sold in accordance with show times: 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm. We do this to control the number of people inside the Program Center at one time. Although there are specified show times, the event runs from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, so feel free to arrive and depart according to your preference, while still catching a live show!

We strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance, especially if you would like an earlier show time. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door.

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