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Zoo After Hours

Members from various agencies and non-profit organizations talk to guests at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event was open to all active duty military personnel and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Members from various agencies and non-profit organizations talk to guests at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event was open to all active duty military personnel and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of young girls talk to women from a local organization at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event featured various on- and off-base support agencies and non-profit organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of young girls talk to women from a local organization at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event featured various on- and off-base support agencies and non-profit organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Children watch animals in an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Military families were permitted to explore the zoo grounds after hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Children watch animals in an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Military families were permitted to explore the zoo grounds after hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A child plays with a remote-controlled car during the annual Zoo after Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The cars were an interactive part of Otero STEM’s booth. Otero STEM is a local organization dedicated to promoting education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A child plays with a remote-controlled car during the annual Zoo after Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The cars were an interactive part of Otero STEM’s booth. Otero STEM is a local organization dedicated to promoting education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A father talks to his son while viewing an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Zoo After Hours is a family-fun event that promotes family education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A father talks to his son while viewing an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Zoo After Hours is a family-fun event that promotes family education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Children watch animals in an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Military families were permitted to explore the zoo grounds after-hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Children watch animals in an enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Military families were permitted to explore the zoo grounds after-hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A security forces member wearing a McGruff the Crime Dog costume greets two children during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. McGruff the Crime Dog is a cartoon bloodhound that helps to raise crime awareness among children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A security forces member wearing a McGruff the Crime Dog costume greets two children during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. McGruff the Crime Dog is a cartoon bloodhound that helps to raise crime awareness among children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Two young children sit outside a bouncy house during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event featured a variety of child-friendly activities including an obstacle course, a bouncy-house and a giant inflatable slide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Two young children sit outside a bouncy house during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The event featured a variety of child-friendly activities including an obstacle course, a bouncy-house and a giant inflatable slide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Colonel Houston Cantwell, the 49th Wing commander, talks to other visitors of the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Zoo After Hours is organized by the 49th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Colonel Houston Cantwell, the 49th Wing commander, talks to other visitors of the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Zoo After Hours is organized by the 49th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A young girl gets a glitter tattoo painted on her forearm during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. This year’s event hosted 936 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A young girl gets a glitter tattoo painted on her forearm during the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. This year’s event hosted 936 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A Holloman volunteer serves a cup of shaved ice at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Pizza and snack foods, including shaved ice and popcorn, were free to attendees of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A Holloman volunteer serves a cup of shaved ice at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Pizza and snack foods, including shaved ice and popcorn, were free to attendees of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Children play on a jungle gym at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Hundreds of Holloman Airmen and their families attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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Children play on a jungle gym at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. Hundreds of Holloman Airmen and their families attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A father and son watch a monkey in its enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The Alameda Park Zoo has dozens of enclosures that house a variety of animals from deer to lemurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A father and son watch a monkey in its enclosure at the annual Zoo After Hours event at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 24, 2016. The Alameda Park Zoo has dozens of enclosures that house a variety of animals from deer to lemurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

 

(Editor's Note: Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements)

The annual Zoo After Hours is a family-fun event that aims to promote family education to Holloman Airmen and their families. The event, organized by the 49th Force Support Squadron, was held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Sept. 24, 2016.

The event served 936 people, and showcased various on- and off-base support agencies, and non-profit organizations. It was open to all active duty military personnel and their families.

“The purpose of this event is to bring families together, and to bring attention to all of the services that we provide, such as the child development center, the youth & teen center, and the Airman & Family Readiness Center, as well as those offered by other agencies,” said Andre, the 49th FSS Child Development Center director. “We want to create an inclusive environment where parents and families can learn about all the different agencies that can support them.”

Guests were free to roam the zoo grounds after hours and view its various animal enclosures. A variety of child-friendly activities were also added including a bouncy house, an obstacle course, a giant inflatable slide, balloon animals, glitter stickers and a DJ. Pizza and snacks, including shaved ice and popcorn, were provided free of charge to guests.

Event volunteers were Holloman Airmen and cadets from the Air Force Junior ROTC at Alamogordo High School.

“It’s really important for us to give back--to show our support for those who support us,” said Airman 1st Class Addison, a Zoo After Hours event volunteer and aircrew egress technician with the 54th Material Maintenance Squadron. “This event is fun. The kids really enjoy it, and it’s a great way to boost morale.”