Night of the Living Zoo


October 1, 2014

Caption: The Los Angeles Zoo’s Andean condor Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

Spooky Surprises also Include Moonlit Performances of Goose-Bump-Producing Poe and Gorey Stories by Drama After Dark, Dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, Music by Neo-Rockabilly Band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “Terrifying” Keeper Talks and Feedings of “Fearsome” Animals

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7 to 11 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

For a howling good time this Halloween season, claw your way to the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, October 24, 7 to 11 pm, for NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO, a “to die for” costume bash open to ages 18 and up. The second annual event transforms Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “terrifying” keeper talks, feedings of “fearsome” animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark, known for their sold-out work at past Huntington Library Halloween bashes. Dress for the occasion, with awards given for “Scariest,” “Best Animal” and “Most Original” costumes, including a VIP behind-the-scenes docent tour as the Grand Prize. Ticket prices include all the fun, plus two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks). A full bar with mixed cocktails and food for purchase are also available throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for maximum Zoo animal viewing opportunities but stay late for visits with creepy creatures.

Night of the Living Zoo is presented by the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which draws 1.6 million visitors each year and 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. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Advance tickets, which include two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks) are $46 per person and $41 per person for GLAZA members. At the door, tickets are $51 per person, and $46 per person for GLAZA members. No outside food, beverages or large bags permitted. Tickets are available at For additional information, call (323) 644-6042.