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Chattanooga Zoo will host its third Beastly Feast on Friday, Nov. 8, an after-hours event dedicated to animal enrichment. Beastly Feast will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

At Beastly Feast, visitors have the opportunity to watch the zoo's carnivores exercise their natural behaviors as they indulge in carcass feedings. Throughout the evening, guests will learn from zookeepers why carcass feedings and other animal enrichment is vital for the physical, emotional and mental health of the zoo's animals.

Additionally, Beastly Feast will offer the opportunity to purchase food and drinks at the zoo's restaurant, Wild Burger, and at refreshment carts. There will also be cash bars serving beer and wine.

"Carcass feedings are very common enrichment practices within many Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos," says Dardenelle Long, Chattanooga Zoo chief executive officer and president. "Carcass feedings simulate feedings that would take place in an animal's natural habitat in the wild. We are excited to have the opportunity to share this experience with our community once again."

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children. Children 2 and younger get in free. Zoo members receive 50% off ticket prices.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.chattzoo.org or in the zoo gift shop during operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only if not sold out in advance.

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