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Thu, Feb. 27

Bearizona celebrates anniversary in style
Free birds of prey show and Bearizona Bucks just part of fun filled event this Sunday

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After losing their home at the Flagstaff Arboretum, High Country Raptors will help their new partner, Bearizona Wildlife Park, celebrate one-year in business with their first official free-flight show at the park’s Fort Bearizona walk-thru area. The drive-thru wildlife park will also hand out Bearizona Bucks, redeemable at the park’s snack bar or gift shop, host a barbecue  and provide animal encounters throughout the day on Sunday.

Submitted Photos<br> After losing their home at the Flagstaff Arboretum, High Country Raptors will help their new partner, Bearizona Wildlife Park, celebrate one-year in business with their first official free-flight show at the park’s Fort Bearizona walk-thru area. The drive-thru wildlife park will also hand out Bearizona Bucks, redeemable at the park’s snack bar or gift shop, host a barbecue and provide animal encounters throughout the day on Sunday.

WILLIAMS - Bearizona Wildlife Park offers the High Country Raptors a new start, while celebrating their first year in business. On Sunday, the park will host an anniversary celebration. The High Country Raptors, which lost their home at the Flagstaff Arboretum due to budget shortfalls, will make their first official free-flight show at 2 p.m.

"We are excited to partner with High Country Raptors, which is a first-class organization committed to conservation and education. Hosting them here at Bearizona Wildlife Park is a natural fit and will enhance our visitor's experience," said Chief Operating Officer, Vanessa Stoffel.

Attributing much of their success to support from Arizona residents, Bearizona plans to give $10 in Bearizona Bucks to each admission-paying car that comes through to be used in the gift shop or at the snack bar. There will also be free entertainment, give-a-ways, a barbecue from 3-6 p.m., and numerous animal encounters throughout the Fort Bearizona walk-thru area.

Bearizona Wildlife Park is a drive-thru wildlife park featuring North American animals including bears, wolves, bison, big horn sheep and numerous other animals. The park opened its doors May 2010 and had over 90,000 visitors by Dec. 31. Animals are displayed in large, naturalistic enclosures, which are viewed along a three-mile drive, and in the Fort Bearizona walk-thru area. The park seeks to connect visitors to the animals, as well as the habitats in which they live.

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