Take your taste buds on a wild ride Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Abilene Zoo’s first Chocolate Safari. Abilene merchants and chocolatiers will showcase their favorite cocoa creations — from the delicious to the curious! This tasting affair takes place between noon and 4 p.m., so sample at your leisure.
Only 250 chocolate lovers can attend, so get advance tickets today! Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger free. Zoo admission included. To reserve a spot, stop by the Zoo Store or call 325-676-6085/option 2.
A Sweetheart Deal: Also, be sure to check out our “You’ve got a Spot in my Heart” gift! For $45, your Valentine gets a customizable card featuring the zoo’s jaguar, along with a huggable plush jaguar, species facts, a photo card, a fresh rose and recognition on the Adopt an Animal supporter board for one year. Orders are being taken at the Zoo Store, and gift bags will be ready to pick up by Feb. 12! Numbers are limited!
Cocoa conservation: Love chocolate? Who doesn’t? Humans have enjoyed the seeds for 4,000 years! It was once thought to be a gift from the Aztec God of Wisdom.
That’s why it’s important to know that many of the world’s 5 million smallholder cocoa farmers are struggling with economic hardship while contending with the effects of climate change. Hotter temperatures, unpredictable rainfall and a shift in growing seasons are all threatening the prospects of cocoa and the men and women who harvest it. The Rainforest Alliance is working with cocoa-growing communities all over the world, helping them to adopt sustainable techniques and secure better futures. More information here.