L.A. Zoo Presents “ZOOdiac” Celebration for Lunar New Year

CONTACT: L.A. Zoo Press

January 15, 2014

ZOOdiac: A Lunar New Year Celebration at the L.A. Zoo

Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, 10am to 4pmzoodiac

To celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year, the Los Angeles Zoo invites visitors to experience “ZOOdiac,” the zoo’s annual festival of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, with food, music, dancing, and special animal enrichment activities.

WHAT:Explore the connections between the lunar new year and the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Festivities will include a ZOOdiac scavenger hunt, food, music, dragon and lion dances, acrobats, Kung Fu 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, keeper talks and enrichments will be presented for animals related to the horse, including the Zebra, Rhino, and Tapir. The twelve zoo animals being featured in the celebration include:

  • 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


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ZOOdiac Scavenger Hunt
Food Stands

11:00 a.m.
Rhino Keeper Talk and enrichment

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Music and Acrobat

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Dragon Dance

1:00 p.m.
Zebra Keeper Talk and enrichment

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Lion Dance and Traditional Chinese Dance

3:00 p.m.
Tapir Keeper Talk

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Kung Fu Demo

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST: 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.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. For general information, call (323) 644-4200.