The Alaska Zoo invites you to come out and celebrate the longest day of the year at one of their longest running events. The annual Zoolstice celebration will take over the grounds on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m.

The ultimate family-friendly summer solstice event will include a scavenger hunt for the kids, photo ops with animal mascots, hands-on animal items to touch and feel, critter chats and much more including a special Live Music Saturdays, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, on the Coffee Shop lawn at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to support the Blood Bank of Alaska, which is hosting a mobile blood drive in the zoo parking lot. While Zoolstice ends at 4 p.m., the blood drive will continue from noon to 6 p.m., and all donors will receive a free t-shirt.

Throughout the summer, the Alaska Zoo is also offering its free shuttle service. Through Sept. 20, the zoo shuttle will run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between the zoo and the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau Log Cabin in downtown Anchorage.

“We’ve been celebrating Zoolstice for two decades now, and it’s something we look forward to every year,” said Pat Lampi, executive director at the Alaska Zoo. “This year should be a lot of fun, especially for the kids, with the variety of up-close, educational opportunities they’ll get with some of the animals.”

Learn more about upcoming events and how to support the zoo’s favorite resident animals at www.AlaskaZoo.org.

About the Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for 50 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, history, animals and more is available at www.AlaskaZoo.org.

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