ZOODIAC Lunar New Year at LA Zoo Set for 2/21-22

The L.A. Zoo presents a ZOODIAC LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm, with dragon dance parades and shows, Chinese Taiji Quan classes, Kung Fu shows and audience participation classes, lion dance parades and history/culture lecture, and a "LEGEND OF THE DRAGON" show, all by Wushu Shaolin Entertainment. The weekend festivities, observing the Year of the Sheep, also feature keeper talks and special feedings for animals related to the sheep and goat families, including bighorn sheep (12 noon both days); ibex, a species of wild goat (1 pm both days); gorals, small mammals with a goat-like appearances (2 pm both days); and markhors, a species of wild goat (3 pm both days), as well as a scavenger-type hunt to find Zodiac animals in the Zoo with fascinating facts at the exhibits of the Panay cloud rat, Komodo dragon, Sumatran tiger, Grevy's zebra, Francois' langur, African wild dog, Visayan warty pig, domestic rabbit, lowland anoa, Mangshan pit viper and Chinese goral. Youngsters can enjoy making mini Chinese lanterns and a traditional Chinese New Year crafts project called upside-down Fu, which predicts luck, happiness, and prosperity in the immediate future. Also on hand are food trucks inside the Zoo offering authentic flavors, among them Rice Balls of Fire , Mandoline Grill and The Mighty Boba Truck on Saturday, and Rice Balls of Fire , Mandoline Grill, The Mighty Boba Truck, Komodo and Kogi BBQ on Sunday.

All activities (except food purchases) are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org.

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