L.A. Zoo Brings Back Reindeer Romp for the Holidays

CONTACT: GLAZA Press

November 5, 2015

LIVE REINDEER, ICE CARVING, PUPPET SHOWS, AND VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS ARE JUST SOME OF THE FUN AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO’S REINDEER ROMP HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Friday, November 27, 2015, through Sunday, January 3, 2016
(daily except December 25)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo presents a rare opportunity to see live reindeer at its Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration, which debuts Friday November 27, 2015, and runs through January 3, 2016 (except Christmas Day),10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to make the most of the season with a full day of fun and adventure at a great value highlighted by a visit with Noel, Belle, Velvet and Jingle in their wintry Reindeer Village home, the only place to view live reindeer in Los Angeles. A flurry of other activities on weekends include holiday crafts for youngsters, ice carving demonstrations (Saturdays), Swazzle Holiday Extravaganza puppet shows (Sunday mornings), entertainment by the Satin Dollz, Los Angeles’ popular retro musical troupe (Sunday afternoons), docent talks, and a rotating schedule of animals unwrapping gifts all their own. Visits with Santa Claus in an all-new whimsical Santa Village and photo ops (for a nominal fee) take place every weekend through December 20 plus December 21, 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Zoo is a wonderful place to spend quality time with kids and extended family during the holiday season,” says Kait Hilliard, Vice President – Marketing and Communications for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. “Visitors can enjoy the seasonal weather along with an enriching experience of magical holiday fun as well as the chance to see our animals and meet our newest baby giraffe, snow leopards and giant river otter pups.”

All activities, except Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under age two. 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 the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. 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. 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 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.

The Los Angeles Zoo 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/reindeerromp.

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