COAL VALLEY, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE: Due to the storms we have rolling in tomorrow the Niabi Zoo is going to postpone its Pokemon Go Expedition to next week, Saturday, October 21st.
For people still planning on going to the zoo Saturday, there will still be Pokestops and Gyms, as well as discounted train tickets, but the lures will not be released until October 21st. The Animal Expedition live animal program will also be rescheduled for next week at 1 p.m. in the Oceans Gallery.
ORIGINAL: Pokémon creatures – including three Legendary Beasts – will be “roaming” Niabi Zoo Saturday, Oct. 14 as part of the zoo’s first Pokémon Go Expedition.
The expedition, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., consists of 20 Pokéstops that will have lures attached to attract additional rare Pokémon. Participants will also be able to compete with other teams at the zoo’s four gyms or take it easy and hatch eggs while riding the train – which will offer four rides for just $10.
Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game that utilizes the player’s mobile device’s GPS ability to pinpoint, capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear on the screen as if they were at the same real-world location as the player.
“We’re very excited to welcome Pokémon Go fans to Niabi,” said Joel Vanderbush, curator of conservation and education. “With more than 40 acres, the zoo is the perfect place to have a Pokémon Go Expedition. Plus, participants can view some pretty amazing real animals along the way!”
Cost of the Pokémon Go Expedition is included with general zoo admission.