Thank you to the SunTrust Foundation for their support.
Special thanks to Todd Butler for generously donating his time in building the LEGO Castle.
'Twas the night before ZooLights, and all through the Trail,
Not a keeper was stirring; they’d turned in their pails.
The creatures were opening enclosures with care,
All ready to party in crisp, winter air.
The beavers woke otters from sleep in their dens
While ravens and eagles made newly-fast friends.
Seals slid on pool ice; oh they had a ball,
While wolves called, "Zoo creatures—come one and come all!"
This year's Gin-GRR-bread Habitat Competition, sponsored by Giant Food, celebrates the Smithsonian's National Zoo's newest exhibit, American Trail! Let your imagination run wild this winter while you design and build a habitat based on the theme "A Winter's Tail on American Trail." You may win the grand prize of an exclusive, keeper-led tour of American Trail!
Registration for the 2012 Gin-GRR-Bread Habitat Decorating Competition is now closed. Please visit ZooLights to view the habitats and vote on your favorite one!
In zoos, animals need:
The competition is open to all ages. One grand prize will be awarded to each of the following categories:
An exclusive, keeper-led tour of American Trail for a group of ten guests. At least one adult must accompany the tour. Guests will not come into direct contact with animals during the tour.
FONZ will award one Honorable Mention prize to a runner-up in each category.
One entry per individual, group, or household. Electronic registration is required. There is a $20 non-refundable fee to enter, which must be paid by credit card. Due to space limitations, FONZ will only accept 80 registrations. Registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, or after 80 registrations are received.
Competitors will receive a Confirmation of Registration form including an entry number by email within two (2) business days. You must bring this form with you when you deliver your habitat. You must also include the entry information on the underside of your habitat. Entries must be delivered to the National Zoo’s Visitor Center Auditorium on Saturday, November 17 or Sunday, November 18 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. See Entry Intake, Display Information, and Entry Pick-Up information below for details