Three Grand Prize Winners will receive an exclusive, keeper-led tour of Great Cats for 10 guests.
There is a $20 non-refundable entry fee for this competition.
The competition is open to all ages. The participant categories are:
FONZ will award one Grand Prize to each category winning individual or team: An exclusive keeper-led behind the scenes tour of Great Cats for 10 guests. Children under the age of six must hold the hand of a chaperone for the duration of the tour. Toddlers and infants must be held in the arms of a chaperone for the duration of the tour. Strollers will not be permitted behind the scenes. Wheelchairs are permitted behind the scenes, with the understanding that access may be restricted due to the design of the space. Service dogs are not permitted behind the scenes. Guests will not come into direct contact with animals during the tour.
Prize winners will be notified by email. Tours will be scheduled by the individual or team captain after notification of winning. At least one adult chaperone must be present for the entire tour.
FONZ will award one Honorable Mention prize to each category runner-up. Honorable Mention winners will be notified by email.
Select Staff of Smithsonian’s National Zoo, as well as distinguished guests of the community, will judge this competition. Entries will be judged based upon overall appearance, originality and creativity, and consistency of theme (Theme of the competition is “Stalking in a ZooLights Wonderland”)
Winners will be notified and prizes awarded by email by Friday, December 6, 2013. All rulings by the judges are final.
Completed entries must be delivered to The National Zoo’s Visitor Center Auditorium between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 or the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The National Zoo’s address is 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008.
The Auditorium is located within the Visitor Center near Connecticut Avenue; closest parking is in Lot A. Vehicles will be allowed thirty minutes for unloading entries. Entrants are responsible for the full transportation of their habitats from your vehicle to the Visitor Center Auditorium. Carts will not be available for transporting gingerbread habitats. National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo staff are not permitted to assist in the transportation of any gingerbread habitat entry.
Entries will be on display at the Visitor Center Auditorium beginning Friday, November 29, 2013 and ending Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Unless participants make arrangements with the competition coordinator, habitats will be discarded on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) reserve the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes.