Zoo features several holiday events starting today with Christmas lights

Courtesy HPZS<br>Santa brings presents to the deer at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary during the “Santa with the Animals” event that takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 this year. Below, a a raccoon checks out a present from Santa.

Courtesy HPZS<br>Santa brings presents to the deer at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary during the “Santa with the Animals” event that takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 this year. Below, a a raccoon checks out a present from Santa.

PRESCOTT - The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in Prescott is offering several special events this holiday season. "Wildlights and Animal Sights" begins today and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 28. The park will be lighted with festive holiday decorations and spectacular light displays. Visitors also will be able to see some of the sanctuary's nocturnal animals out and about.

The special event admission fee is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the City of Prescott and Computime.

"Santa with the Animals" takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Santa will bring presents to the animal residents at the sanctuary and will be available for photos.

This event is free with paid admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children younger than 3 and HPZS members.

Children 12 and younger get in to the sanctuary free the week of December 21-28. Admission to the sanctuary will be half price for everyone on Dec. 24. HPZS members always get in free. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the sanctuary or any of these holiday events, call 778-4242 or go online to heritageparkzoo.org.

HPZS is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary and education facility dependent on its community for support. The sanctuary is home to more than 150 animals. It also serves as a conservation triage staging facility to more than 250 injured wild animals every year.