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A beastly guide to giving thanks

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications

Each Thanksgiving season we try our best to put into words just how grateful we are for your friendship and support. With your passion for saving wildlife and wild spaces, with your generous support in providing the most nutritious diets and state-of-the-art animal health care, and most of all your love for each and every creature here at the zoo—we are incredibly lucky to call you our zoo family.

If we could invite you all to a Thanksgiving feast we would, but unfortunately the animals might get grumpy if we start sharing their grub. Instead, here is a little Thanksgiving-inspired fun to share with your loved ones. This holiday, know we are thinking of you and sending you love from the zoo. Stay cozy and enjoy your pie!

Here are 10 ways to give thanks (like an animal):

Whether it is a tasty fish or a pumpkin pie, give thanks for a full belly.

Be thankful for family, young and old (and everyone in between).

Show your appreciation by being polite. This goes way beyond the dinner table.

The earth provides us with nutrient-rich soil to literally grow our food. It doesn't get much better than that! Remember to thank the earth (the worms, the rain and the dirt!).

Competition breeds creativity. Show your peers you appreciate them by offering a simple compliment. They will be grateful!

Be yourself, let loose. Give yourself gratitude for what makes you, you!

Show your family and friends you care by taking the time to ask them questions. And really listen. Those quirky stories make your family special!

Life is hard work. Give props to those who have helped you out in difficult times or were just there to get you out of a pickle.

One of the simplest ways to show thanks is feeding others. Consider volunteering at a local food bank or donating items to a food drive at your grocery store.

Appreciate the simple comforts in your life. Best buddies and a cozy place to sleep off that Thanksgiving meal are a good place to start.