NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

John Clarence Sparks, Jr., age 58, Haddonfield
Donald C. Fish, 83 of Worton, MD, formerly of Westville



Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Zoo 
Tickets are now on sale for Boo at the Zoo, the Zoo’s annual Halloween spectacular on Saturdays and Sundays between October 15 and October 30, 2022. Dates this year will be October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Gather your ghost and goblins, put on your favorite costume, trick-or-treat through the Zoo, enjoy festive fall offerings, educational children’s activities, seasonal décor, photo opportunities and experience the Zoo’s 42 acre gardens during the beautiful autumn season. Look for info coming soon about pumpkin feedings and animal enrichments, including the annual feeding of the pumpkins to the hippos, as seen in the viral video on Tiktok and Instagram Reels (now the 7th largest video in the history of platform). Admission for Boo at the Zoo is free with the regular price of admission. Make your timed reservations at to get in on the fang-tastic fun! Members can make their reservations for free. 

“The fall season at the Zoo is beyond special," said Philadelphia Zoo Chief Marketing and Experience Officer Amy Shearer. "The animals are on the go in the crisp autumn air, the leaves throughout our campus turn gold and scarlet, and all of the kids delight in all of the Boo at the Zoo Halloween fun,” says  “If you want to be surprised and delighted at an extraordinary place, Philadelphia Zoo is where to be this fall; it’s where people come to make memories.”
Enjoy three wild weekends of Halloween fun with the family as Boo at the Zoo takes over Philadelphia Zoo. Come dressed in your favorite costume, parade to the Great Pumpkin Wall, enjoy photo opportunities, and a spooktacular good time. Bring your own bag for trick or treating around the Zoo.  There will also be allergy friendly treats back again this year. The annual not-so-scary extinction graveyard will showcase extinct animals and animals the Zoo is trying to save from extinction. Fall food and drink special offerings will include hot apple cider, sweets and treats, and more to be announced soon.
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As you trick-or-treat through the Zoo, be sure to stop by our NEW Giraffe Encounter and meet our incredible giraffe herd. For $6 for general admission and $5 for members, guests can feed Stella, Abby or Bea a piece of browse (twigs and branches) and come face to face with the Zoo’s tallest residents. Times for Giraffe Encounter are 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

While you’re in African Plains, be sure to visit our majestic Ankole cattle, new to the Zoo this year. Ankole cattle are a domestic breed of cattle native to Uganda with horns growing to be 37-40 inches long and measure up to 8 feet wide.

After that, explore the wonders of wildlife at Habitat Hollow, a NEW play experience! Learn about different habitats by experiencing them firsthand—whether it's climbing a giant spider web, perching in a nest, digging in a sand pit, and more. You can even play alongside our ambassador animals like Sandi the sand boa, Rocky the box turtle and Wesley the Velveteen lop rabbit!

As Boo at the Zoo approaches, look for the leaves of the trees around Philadelphia Zoo to add to the enchantment as one of the very top spots in the city proper to watch the leaves and fall foliage change over to the beautiful oranges, yellows and reds of the fall season.

Timed reservations are on sale NOW for Boo at the Zoo, which is included with the price of admission. Zoo admission is $24.00 for adults (ages 12 and up), $19.00 for children (2 to 11), and free for children under two. Halloween costumes with toy guns and weapons are prohibited.  

For more information on, as or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.        

With so much happening at the Zoo, becoming a member seems the logical decision. Zoo members receive complimentary admission & parking; 10% off of Zoo shops & dining; access to pre-sale reservations, exclusive events, insider information, special hours, dedicated newsletters and discounted admission to more than 100 zoos and aquariums across the country. To become a member, or to make a reservation visit
It was the crunch heard around the world! A video taken at Philadelphia Zoo has grown to become the biggest Reel in history of Philadelphia - and top ten for most viewed Reel on the Instagram platform in the world since Reels started - and top five for most viewed new Reels in 2022. The video also holds the record for the most viewed and largest video in Philadelphia on the TikTok platform. Influencer Philly Publicist and Aversa PR President/CEO Kory Aversa took the video last year during Boo at the Zoo and it went viral on TikTok immediately. One year later, as pumpkin and spooky season approaches, he posted it again on August 16th and it has raked up a jaw-dropping 177M views in just 4+ weeks. It has garnered 5.5M likes and been shared 600,0000 times. Due to the excitement, Philadelphia Zoo will put tickets for Boo at the Zoo on sale earlier than ever before - as the public is ready for pumpkin spice and spooky season in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia Zoo is the first Zoo in America and despite being around for so long, is also one of the leaders in the country on emerging social platforms, including TikTok and Instagram. Boo at the Zoo returns on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 15-30, 2022, with more info at The video is seen on Instagram under the account @KoryAversa and on TikTok under @PhillyPublicist.


Cindy (33) – female, born July 7th, 1989 at the Granby Zoo, Quebec. She was acquired in 1990.
Unna (33) – female, born August 12th, 1989 at the St. Louis Zoological Park. She was acquired in 1990.

Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new Ankole cattle, western lowland gorillas, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42-acre garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center, KidZooU, and African Plains, where you can come face to face with the world's tallest animal at our new Giraffe Encounter experience. Philadelphia Zoo is one of the region's foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,700 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility. For more information visit Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.