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Boo at the Zoo Draws Record Crowds

The Abilene Zoo saw record crowds during the three weekends it hosted Boo at the Zoo. Ten year old best friends Kamryn, Savanah, and Zoe have been coming to Boo at the Zoo for years. On their way in they were looking forward to the costume contest and the candy. “We’re trying to win first place!” Kamryn told KACU. “Hopefully, probably not because there’s a lot of other good costumes here,” Savanah added before Zoe offered up, “I’m just excited to eat."

The annual event is one of the largest fundraisers for the zoo, which runs as a nonprofit organization. It supports operations at the zoo as well as conservation efforts worldwide. Clay Carabajal, public relations supervisor at the zoo, says they’re already thinking about making some changes to next year’s event, “ Bigger, badder, maybe a little scarier. Right now Boo at the Zoo is geared towards our families, but there could be an opportunity at night here at the zoo to begin exploring maybe some creepier sides of Abilene, who knows?"

Carabajal expressed appreciation for the Abilene community. He encourages residents to put the next big event on their calendars. The Abilene Zoo will host its Christmas Celebration from December 17 through the 23.

Heather Claborn joined KACU as news director in January 2018. She oversees daily newscast and feature reporting and works with KACU’s news anchors to develop newscasts. She also conducts two-way interviews, reports for newscast and feature stories and maintains the station’s social media and website content. In 2020, Claborn helped staff develop the daily newsletter that is delivered by email.