Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day at the Zoo


July 30, 2014

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The Los Angeles Zoo proclaims TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DAY on Friday, August 1, 2014, with TMNT masks given free to the first 5,000 children ages 12 and under with paid admission while supplies last (limit one mask per child).

In celebration of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES feature film in theaters August 8, festivities also include a “fun facts” handout for all visitors spotlighting the Zoo’s turtle and tortoise residents, which reveals how they are different – or the same! – from their movie star counterparts, plus a chance to get up-close and personal with a desert tortoise. Finally, in true “Cowabunga!” fashion, visitors will enjoy a special screening of the film’s trailer.


The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman with a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESis produced by Michael Bay (director and executive producer of the blockbuster Transformers franchise), Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Ian Bryce, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans).


The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which draws 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. The Zoo’s location in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways ideally positions it as a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Zoo hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Admission 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 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.