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It's hard out there for a black and white ruffed lemur. First, you were born kinda funny-looking, with two-toned blotches all over your fur and intense, orange eyes that bug out of your head. Then, you're taken from your home. Not cool! Thankfully, there are good natured folks like the animal ambassadors at Zoo to You, who give downtrodden exotic animals a second chance at an enjoyable, healthy life. These conservationists give voice to wildlife by providing a permanent, loving home for displaced, abused, abandoned, or permanently injured wild and exotic animals, and they share these stories through Zoo to You and Wild Things outreach programs. This Oct. 27 and 28 you can support the Paso Robles nonprofit while taking a trip around Eastside Paso Robles wineries. Yes, I am indeed speaking of the annual Halloween Poker Run. Hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend, the annual Zoo to You Halloween Passport offers up a wild time with exotic animals, complimentary wine tasting, and fabulous prizes. Get your $25 passport stamped at all 46 East participating wineries. Not only does that single ticket pay for all your tasting fees for both days, but you'll also come face to face with a few furry friends on Saturday. Who knows, perhaps you'll even come nose to nose with those unforgettable orange eyes. Take a photo, it'll last longer!

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