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Demonstrations and Shows

Today, November 20

Sunday, November 26
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve
Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia
Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Ranch Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Children’s Zoo Adventure Theater
Meet the animals who live on our ranch and experience firsthand what it takes to be a ranch hand.

Ranch Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Tomistoma Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Tomistoma Exhibit
Join us as keepers share insight on our resident Tomistomas near the LAIR.

Tomistoma Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Hippo Encounter

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hippo Exhibit
Get an up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie for this separately ticketed experience.

Hippo Encounter

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

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Campfire Stories

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

California Condor Rescue Zone
Gather ‘round the (pretend) campfire and join us for an interactive story time featuring condors and their animal friends.

Campfire Stories

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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Bird Walk

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Aviary
Experience the Aviary’s sights and sounds as you explore the immersive exhibit with an education specialist.

Bird Walk

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Today, November 20
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Main Flamingo Exhibit
Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia
Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 21
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve
Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Seal Talk

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Sea Life Cliffs
Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Talk

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Wednesday, November 22
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Main Flamingo Exhibit
Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia
Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, November 23
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve
Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Seal Talk

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Sea Life Cliffs
Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Talk

11:00 am - 11:20 am

View All Events

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, November 24
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Main Flamingo Exhibit
Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia
Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

View All Events

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 25
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve
Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia
Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Ranch Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Children’s Zoo Adventure Theater
Meet the animals who live on our ranch and experience firsthand what it takes to be a ranch hand.

Ranch Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Alligator Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Alligator Exhibit (across from Reggie's Bistro)
Join us as keepers share insight on Reggie the Alligator.

Alligator Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Hippo Encounter

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hippo Exhibit
Get an up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie for this separately ticketed experience.

Hippo Encounter

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo
You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

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Campfire Stories

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

California Condor Rescue Zone
Gather ‘round the (pretend) campfire and join us for an interactive story time featuring condors and their animal friends.

Campfire Stories

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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Bird Walk

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Aviary
Experience the Aviary’s sights and sounds as you explore the immersive exhibit with an education specialist.

Bird Walk

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Santa Catalina Island rattlesnake, photo by Ian Recchio

The Zoo’s Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles (LAIR) program welcomed a record-breaking 61 snake babies this summer and fall, making it the most successful breeding season at the L.A. Zoo to date. The list of rare and endangered snake babies includes Armenian vipers, black-tailed horned vipers, European nose-horned vipers, Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnakes, Aruba island rattlesnakes, banded rock rattlesnakes, and southwestern speckled rattlesnakes.

“The staff at the LAIR has a special talent when it comes to breeding snakes,” said Ian Recchio, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians at the Los Angeles Zoo. “The fact that our numbers continue to increase each breeding season is the result of years of observation, tinkering with new breeding tactics, and doing our best to mimic a snake’s natural habitat in the wild.”

Over five years ago, LAIR staff embarked on a plan to create an environment that best replicates the mountainous, rocky crevices where most of their rare and endangered snakes make their den during the coldest part of winter. Staff purchased a scientific refrigerator, typically used for storing pharmaceuticals, to house the snakes during the four months of the year they go through brumation, or a hibernation-like state necessary for successful breeding.

The scientific refrigerator is located in the LAIR’s hibernation room, a behind-the-scenes room stacked wall-to-wall with sleeping snakes. Staff begins cycling adult snakes into brumation in mid-to-late November by taking preparatory measures such as ceasing their feedings, soaking them in water so they are well hydrated, and cleaning out their gut of feces so there are no traces of food left. Temperatures in the hibernaculum are generally brought down to a chilling 55 degrees, but some snakes need temperatures brought down close to freezing. In early Spring staff begins warming up the snake’s chambers and waking them up so that they can be put into breeding pairs again. The entire cycle was made to replicate the snake’s natural environment and circumstances they would experience in nature.

As each new season brings a surplus of snake babies, the LAIR increases the number of species sent to other Zoos as a part of several Species Survival Plans (SSP) among accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facilities.

“Every season we are sending rare and endangered snake species to Zoos across the country and the world,” said Recchio. “We are committed to strengthening the numbers for a lot of these species that are critically endangered, but we’re also excited for guests far and wide to see these unique creatures up close since they may never have the chance in the wild.”

 

L.A. Zoo Snake Species Currently in Species Survival Plans (SSPs):

Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnakes – This venomous pit viper is currently critically endangered and can only be found on one tiny island called Isla Santa Catalina in the Gulf of California just off the east coast of the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. This small and swift rattlesnake is known for its most distinctive feature – it lacks a rattle!

Aruba island rattlesnakes – This snake is one of the world’s rarest species of rattlesnake and occurs only on the island of Aruba. It is a stocky, medium-sized snake with a light brown body covered in distinctive pink, blue, and brown diamond-shaped markings. Its venom can be life threatening to humans, but the rattlesnake is not considered dangerous because it is not aggressive and will only bite when provoked.

Armenian vipers – This venomous viper is a “near-threatened” species found in the Armenian Highlands and surrounding countries such as eastern Turkey, western Azerbaijan, and northwestern Iran. Adult vipers typically have a charcoal gray coloring with bright orange patterns throughout the body. Its population has decreased by 80 percent over the past 40 years as a result of habitat destruction and over-collection for the exotic pet trade. Fun fact – Male Armenian vipers “wrestle” for the opportunity to mate with females. During combat, the two rivals rear up and entwine the front portion of their bodies, each trying to push the other to the ground. Eventually, one of the snakes (usually the larger) will succeed in driving the other snake away. The victor can then mate with the female, who has remained coiled quietly nearby.

Guests can now view all of these snake species in their habitats at the LAIR daily.

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 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. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

“Holiday Must” Destination, Awarded USA Today’s “10 Best Zoo Lights” Honors, Shimmers for Seven Weeks with LED Lights by the Thousands, Spectacular New Water and Light Show, New Animated “Northern Lights” with Glittering Animal Constellations, Disco Ball Forest, Glittering Twinkle Tunnel, Stunning 3-D Animated Projections, and a Burst of Breathtaking New Features

L.A. Zoo Lights 2017 Features “Preview Week” $10 Discount Admission for Adults (13+) and Children (2-12) from Nov 17-22 with Online Purchase, Special Unlimited-Visits Season Pass with Express Entry, Exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for Ages 21-and-Up on December 7 and 14 and FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE For All Ages

Friday, November 17, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018 (except November 23, December 24 and December 25) 6 to 10 pm Nightly Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Photo by Jamie Pham

L.A. ZOO LIGHTS returns for its fourth spectacular year to shimmer for seven weeks of wonder, awe and “wow!” from Friday, November 17, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018 (except November 23 and December 24/25) at the L.A. Zoo. Awarded USA Today’s “10 Best Zoo Lights” honors in 2015 and 2016 – and nominated again for 2017 –, Los Angeles’ holiday “must” destination under the stars sets the Zoo aglow with LED lights by the thousands, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnel, stunning 3-D animated projections and much more. A burst of breathtaking new features raises the bar for awe-inspiring nighttime holiday delight, among them a dynamic, musical holiday tree experience, a reimagined water show, a glittering “North Pole” setting for Santa photos, glowing “Northern Lights” featuring animal constellations that come to life, and an all-new “Wild Wonderland” finale spotlighting endangered and vulnerable species. L.A. Zoo Lights was established by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) as a festive annual tradition to celebrate the Zoo’s important role as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species, a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife and a special place for people of all ages in the world’s entertainment capital.

An instant hit since its 2014 debut, L.A. Zoo Lights captivates guests for an ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night, offering a self-guided 60- to 90-minute walking tour through a large area of the Zoo. While most animal residents are asleep, visitors can enjoy the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see a herd of real reindeer in their “Reindeer Village” habitat. Other live animals on view are a multitude of amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles in the LAIR, which also boasts black-lit “insects” scurrying above the rock walls. An inventive collection of animals depicted in lights range from frogs, meerkats, flamingos and monkeys to a glowing savanna with a “stained glass” condor, giraffe, elephant, polar bear, and rhino. Photos with Santa on select dates are available for an additional fee in a glittering “North Pole” setting to capture holiday memories, and the Zoo’s hand-crafted Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel is open during L.A. Zoo Lights, with $3 per person on-site tickets.

L.A. Zoo Lights has attracted over 500,000 people in a three-year span, a vast number of whom consumed 10,000 gallons of steaming hot chocolate and 30,000 churros in 2016. The aforementioned goodies, other seasonal treats, including Smore’s Sundaes, handcrafted gourmet pizza slices, craft beer by Golden Road Brewery and sweet and savory pretzels with warm dipping sauces, and light-themed souvenirs are available for sale.

L.A. Zoo Lights 2017 presents a “Preview Week” with discounted admission of $10 for all ages (under 2 free), available online only for November 17 to 22 dates, an unlimited-visits Season Pass, exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for ages 21-and-up on December 7 and 14 and a popular FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages. Tickets for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association are $10 during the entire run, the deepest member discount ever offered. Memberships are available for purchase at www.lazoo.org/membership.

Returning this year are “VIP Experiences,” including two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURs for the 21-and-up crowd – “Flapjacks and Flannel” theme on Thursday, December 7 and “Tamales and Tequila” on Thursday, December 14 – as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages. The two HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR evenings feature “skip-the-line” express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights at 6 pm with a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm including gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Tickets for HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR are $75 per person and $70 for GLAZA members. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE on Sunday, December 31, 6 pm, provides an opportunity to celebrate the coming of 2018 in style with “skip-the-line” express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, dinner buffet, soft drinks, a glass of complimentary champagne for adults, sparkling apple cider for kids, dessert, a ride on the Conservation Carousel, games, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York’s Times Square ball drop at 9 pm, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE tickets are $69 for adults and $45 for children. GLAZA members save $5. Tickets for all three “VIP Experiences” have limited availability, so early purchase is strongly suggested. ” Flapjacks and Flannel” is sponsored by Bushmills’ Red Bush Irish Whiskey, and “Tamales and Tequila” is sponsored by VIVA XXXII Tequila.

Media Sponsor KCRW will be on-site with lawn games and family fun on Thursday, December 7, Wednesday, December 13 and Friday, December 29.

Sponsors of L.A. Zoo Lights include Service Systems Associates, 99 Cents Only Stores, SoCal Honda Dealers, Welk Resorts, Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA and ScholarShare. Media Sponsor is KCRW. Denny’s also joins as a first time sponsor and is offering customers who visit Denny’s locations in the Greater Los Angeles Area a free child’s ticket to L.A. Zoo Lights with the purchase of two paid adult tickets starting November 13 through January 7. Complete offer details available at Denny’s locations.

L.A. Zoo Lights’ production partner is GES Events.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 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, as well as 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. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. Its many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature 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; 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 LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. 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. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Admission to L.A. Zoo Lights is $10 with online purchase for all ages (2 and older) and times during “Preview Week” from November 17 to 22. Thereafter, admission prices vary and range from $14.95 to $19.95 for adults (13+) and $11.95 to $14.95 for children (2-12). Children under age 2 are free. Tickets for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association are $10 during the entire run, the deepest member discount ever offered. A special unlimited-access L.A. Zoo Lights Season Pass, with express entry privileges nightly, is $49.95 for adults and $44.95 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets for HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR are $75 per person (ages 21 and up), or $70 for GLAZA members. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE tickets are $69 for adults (13+) and $45 for children (2-12), or $64 and $40 for GLAZA members. Holiday Happy Hour and Family New Year’s Eve benefits require a separate ticket, even for Season Pass holders. All L.A. Zoo Lights events and evenings take place on a “rain-or-shine” basis, with no rain checks issued. Visit LAZoolights.org for details and to purchase tickets. To become a GLAZA member and receive discounted ticket pricing, go to www.lazoo.org/membership or call 323-644-4747.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027, 323-644-4200. Free parking is available. For additional information about L.A. Zoo Lights, call 866-949-8007; call center hours are 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. For tickets and more, visit LAZoolights.org

Zoo Offers Guests Free Admission and Parking After Given the All Clear to Open the Zoo and Resume All Scheduled Activities

LOS ANGELES – This morning at around 9:30 a.m., Los Angeles Zoo Security noticed a suspicious package left at the Zoo’s front entrance gate. Security immediately notified the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D). L.A.P.D quickly arrived on the scene to assess the package, an 18” x 18” x 12” box surrounded with duct tape and punctured with air holes. L.A.P.D. made the decision to call in the bomb squad. The public and Zoo staff was asked to move back a safe distance and relocate their cars to the Zoo’s far North parking lot.

The bomb squad identified the contents of the package to be a live, adult opossum. The Zoo was given the all clear by the L.A.P.D., and the Zoo’s gates were open to the public at 11:30 a.m.

The opossum, which appeared to be healthy, was relocated to the Zoo’s health center and will be released. The Zoo asks citizens to contact Los Angeles Animal Services, The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, or your local animal shelter if you have an animal that needs a home or rehabilitation.

The L.A. Zoo is offering free admission for the remainder of the day as well as free parking. The Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Halloween activities will continue as planned.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), 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. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

Member Tour

Docent-led tours are available to GLAZA members only and are free for everyone eligible on your membership. Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance by phoning 323-644-4244.

Please meet at the waterfall across from Reggie's Bistro at 10:30 a.m.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

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Troop Trek

Gather your troop and join us for a 90-minute guided adventure through the Zoo. Each month, participating families will be guided on a different adventure as we learn about our animal residents, their families and the place they call home.

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9:00AM - 10:30AM

Troop Trek

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

Member Tour

Docent-led tours are available to GLAZA members only and are free for everyone eligible on your membership. Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance by phoning 323-644-4244.

Please meet at the waterfall across from Reggie's Bistro at 10:30 a.m.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Member Tour

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

"The Cat That Changed America" Free Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

P-22 is Hollywood’s celebrity cat – this film tells his remarkable story and the efforts of Angelenos to help mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains by building the largest wildlife crossing in America.

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7:00PM - 10:00PM

"The Cat That Changed America" Free Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

More Information

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight

This Halloween, grab your sleeping bag and prepare to be spooked. Hear tales about various ghosts of the Zoo, make s’mores, and try not to scream…

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6:00PM

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight

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Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight

This Halloween, grab your sleeping bag and prepare to be spooked. Hear tales about various ghosts of the Zoo, make s’mores, and try not to scream…

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12:00AM - 10:00AM

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight

Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and more—on weekends.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

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