What better way to celebrate the first weekend of Spring, than at the LA Zoo’s opening weekend for their Spring Fling festivities. It was so nice to be outside for a change, since for the first time in a really long time, we had a cold and rainy winter. As I looked around at all of the faces in the crowd at the LA Zoo, you can tell that everyone there was just so excited to be out of the house.Read More
A new exhibit is opening up at the L.A. Zoo and I am very excited to share with you some of the details of what you can look forward to. If you or your kids love Dinosaurs, you are in for something pretty cool!
Friday, April 15 through October 31, 2016
10 am to 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Lurking impatiently in a once off-limits corner of the Los Angeles Zoo, a ferocious pack of 17 life-size, life-like prehistoric creatures await the opening of DINOSAURS: UNEXTINCT AT THE L.A. ZOO, a spectacular, all-new exhibit, on April 15, 2016. For a limited time only, these animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life with electronic "brains," will take visitors back in time for a colossal adventure, providing a rare chance to discover a lost world from millions upon millions of years ago while warning about the very real threat of extinction faced today by many endangered species.
Among the exhibit's added features is a Fossil Dig, a Stegosaurus robot with controls that the guests can operate to make the creature move; a climbable Pachyrhinosaurus; and a free downloadable "Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A.Zoo" augmented reality app to access special content, including 3-D views of all the dinosaurs.
Along the way, visitors encounter a Fossil Dig where they can brush away sand to uncover "bones" made from a fiberglass mold taken from an actual juvenile Maiasaura fossil, a large, herbivorous hadrosaurid that lived in the area currently covered by Montana during the upper Cretaceous period about 76 million years ago. Other "don't-miss" fun includes a stop at a Stegosaurus robot with controls guests can operate to make the creature move, and a hashtag-worthy, dino-size photo op featuring a Pachyrhinosaurus, a dramatic-looking cousin of the Triceratops, with massive flattened growths over its nose.
Accompanying the exhibit is a free downloadable "Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo" augmented reality app providing an opportunity to interact up-close with each dinosaur by “unlocking” an animated model when pointing a digital device at a target image. Users can animate the dinosaur on their screen, making it walk and run. Included in the AR app is a dino quiz, where visitors can test their dino knowledge. After completing the quiz, visitors are rewarded with a small gift at the dino gift shop.
The dinosaurs for the Los Angeles Zoo's exhibit are provided by Billings Productions, one of only a handful of companies in the world that produce life-size, animatronic dinosaurs based on today’s best science for traveling and permanent exhibits.
Programming subject to change.
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12), and admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.
Admission to Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo is $5 per person in addition to regular Zoo admission; tickets are available online at lazoo.org/dinos and in person inside the Zoo at the Dinosaurs exhibit entry area. Children under age two are admitted free to the Zoo and to the Dinosaurs exhibit.
The LA Zoo has brought their biggest and brightest holiday tradition back for us with LA Zoo Lights! Just in time for Winter, the LA Zoo has transformed into a whole new experience during the holidays and it is a fun time for the whole family. (Keep reading for your chance to win 4 tickets to LA Zoo Lights!)Read More
You know how much we love the LA Zoo right? Well the LA Zoo has a family friendly event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on the weekend of September 26th and 27th.
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the L.A. Zoo is hosting a weekend-long celebration sponsored by ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, and featuring the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas, Grandeza Mexicana folk ballet, Latin American-inspired crafts, animal spotlights, and pop-up education stations.
And don't forget the special guests, the character meet-and-greets with Dora the Explorer, and more.
Meet Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” characters in between story readings from such books as Papagayo: The Mischief Maker, Jabuti: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon, and The Great Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.
ScholarShare also presents crafts for kids (on Saturday). The little ones can try their hands at Papel picado—cutting out animal figures in colorful craft paper—as well as paper marigold flowers and some of Dora the Explorer’s favorite activities. Be sure to get your Day of the Dead calacas face painting, too!
Go here for more details!
**GLAZA Members receive their promo code for online purchases Dec 12-Jan 4 via email. If you are a Member and haven’t received yours, call 323-644-4747.
Admission for this all-ages evening program is separate from daytime general Zoo admission. No live animals other than reindeer will be on display during event times.
demonstrations, and crafts. Interesting facts about the animals featured in the ZOOdiac celebration will be shared at the animals’ exhibits. In honor of 2014 being the Year of the Horse, there will be keeper talks and enrichments will be presented for animals related to the horse, including the Zebra, Rhino, and Tapir.
· Rat: Panay Cloud Rat
· Dragon: Komodo Dragon
· Tiger: Sumatran Tiger
· Rabbit: Domestic Rabbit
· Ox: Lowland Anoa
· Snake: Mangshan Pit Viper
· Horse: Zebra
· Goat: Chinese Goral
· Monkey: Francois' Langur
· Rooster: Common Peafowl
· Dog: African Wild Dog
· Pig: Visayan Warty Pig
And for your consideration, here is a schedule of events:
All activities are free to GLAZA members and included with paid Zoo admission, which is $18 for adults
(ages 13 and up); $15 for seniors (age 62 and up); $13 for children (ages 2 to 12); and free for children
under 2. Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 10 am to 4 pm, Los Angeles Zoo.
Other Lunar New Year Celebrations and Festivals around Los Angeles
Front Entrance Plaza:
Grab your free bags to fill at our treat stations for children age 12 and under; one bag per child.
Winnick Family Children's Zoo:
Meet Campfire Cathy and enjoy an interactive show of spooky tales.
Campfire Cathy's Show Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm
Have a close encounter with the Creepy Creature Encounters.
Stop by and watch a pumpkin carving demonstration and meet a real live scarecrow! Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo in the Pumpkin Patch.
Pumpkin Carving Show Times: 10:30 - 3pm
Chomp and Stomp
Trick-or-Treat stations at Selig Plaza, Winnick's Family Children's Zoo, Australia, Elephant Plaza, and Carousel Plaza.
Enjoy strolling entertainment and meet and greet some of your favorite monsters and even a princess or two.
Members' preview: Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 27, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Zoo is located in Griffith Park, near the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.
COST: Zoo Admission is $18 for adults; $13 for children 2-12; $15 for seniors 62 and up. Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two.
INFO: For more information, visit www.lazoo.org/Boo.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo is proudly sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores.
Elephants have long played an important role in the cultural, artistic, and religious heritage of many Asian cultures. For centuries, they have been revered in Thailand, India, China, and Cambodia. Elephants of Asia is designed to increase appreciation, amazement, and wonder for these great animals and to familiarize guests with the challenges Asian elephants face in the wild, including their shrinking natural habitat.