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Ring-tailed lemur (Nominee for "Best Ensemble Cast")

February Vacation Week

Franklin Park Zoo

February 20-25, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spotted Carpet Awards

Join the Animal Academy and vote for your favorite nominee! Cast your vote Monday - Friday at the voting table across from the sloth exhibit in the Tropical Forest. Enjoy arts and crafts, and learn more about the nominees at daily zookeeper chats and animal encounters!

Categories & nominees include:

  • Vocalist of the Year – Flamingos, Lions, Keas
  • Best Dressed – Tigers, Red pandas, Leopard gecko
  • Best Ensemble Cast – Gorillas, Lemurs, Finches
  • Best Supporting Role – Fruit bats, Darkling beetle, Frogs
  • Best Set Design – Saddle-billed stork, Caciques, Hamerkops

What supporting role does a darkling beetle play? Head to the Zoo to learn what sets our nominees apart from the rest!


 Extra, Extra!

  • Monday, Feb. 20: Don’t miss out on the birthday party for western lowland gorilla, Little Joe! Learn more.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24: UNICEF activity table
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: Celebrate the nominees at the Awards Party! Enjoy crafts, Zookeeper talks and animal encounters from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.