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Today, August 19

Today, August 19
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

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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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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 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 Demonstration

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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 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.

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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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Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Tasmanian Devil Exhibit

Tasmanian Devils are social feeders. Watch as keepers simulate their natural feeding behaviors and make sure to listen carefully as they make some pretty surprising sounds!

Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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

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Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Monday, August 20
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter 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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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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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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, August 21
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

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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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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 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 Demonstration

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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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter 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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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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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, August 22
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter 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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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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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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, August 23
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

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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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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 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 Demonstration

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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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter 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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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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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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, August 24
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter 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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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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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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, August 25
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Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Come meet some of our amazing ambassador animals and the people who care for them! Test your skills of observation as you witness some of their unique behaviors and learn about how we work with them every day.

Animal Adventures

10:15 am - 10:30 am

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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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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 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 Demonstration

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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a 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 Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 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.

Purchase Tickets >

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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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 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

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Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Rainforest Stilt House
Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Los Angeles Zoo’s very own meerkat manor is bustling with activity as a new breeding group has arrived and can now be seen in their habitat bonding with each other, establishing a community structure, and digging their habitat’s intricate maze of holes and tunnels. Four males, ranging from two to three years old, arrived from Zoo de Granby in Granby, Quebec in September 2017 while three females, all six years old, came from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas in January 2018. The group was a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) program after the Zoo’s elderly meerkats passed away, and the Zoo was looking to rebuild the meerkat collection with a genetically valuable group.

The two groups were slowly introduced to each other at the Zoo’s quarantine facility before entering their outdoor habitat together on February 23. Animal care staff prepped the exhibit by collapsing old tunnels and filling holes from the previous tenants, so that the new meerkat mob could work together as a team and build trust while digging a new home. So far, the group is getting along well, and the Zoo hopes that meerkat pups will be on the horizon, as it would not only educate the public on this clever and communicative species, but also create exciting challenges for the animal care staff.

“I’ve been working with meerkats for many years, but this would be my first time with a mob that could potentially raise pups,” said Rose Legato, Senior Animal Keeper at the L.A. Zoo. “My staff and I are excited to learn more about this new group, and more importantly, share the journey with our zoo patrons.”

These pint-sized members of the mongoose family have long since been a favorite for Zoo guests, perhaps because of their expressive personalities and constant digging and sunbathing around their habitat. But, what many people may not realize is that meerkats are very aware of their surroundings and are great communicators within their group. Since meerkats are prey to predators from both land and air, the mob is constantly working together to keep a look out for animals such as eagles, hawks, and jackals. The group designs an intricate system of burrows, which they dig with their own long, sharp claws, which keeps them safe from predators while also offering safety from the elements. They also assign a guard to watch over the community and alert others of a potential threat through a bark or high-pitched squeal.

Meerkats are native to the deserts and grasslands of the southern tip of Africa, and they do well in temperate environments such as Los Angeles where they have plenty of sunshine but not extreme temperatures in either direction. Meerkats have a slow metabolism for a carnivore of their size, assisting them in tolerating consistently warm temperatures in their natural environment. The mob at the L.A. Zoo can be seen eating a diet consisting of produce, mice, crickets, mealworms, hardboiled egg, and nutritious insectivore pellets.

Meerkats have a tannish, gray fur with black stripes across the back. A meerkat’s body is approximately 10 to 14 inches long with an eight-inch dark-tipped tail, and they have short legs with four toes on each foot. The meerkat’s body has adapted for a life of digging with small black ears that can be folded back to keep dirt out and long, non-retractable claws used to create tunnels and holes. They also have adaptations that protect them from harsh desert weather such as dark-skinned bellies with light fur, which acts as a solar panel to warm them as they sunbathe, and dark circles around their eyes which help to reduce the sun’s glare.

Guests can now observe this mob of meerkats in their habitat daily, weather permitting.

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.

About Species Survival Plan (SSP) Programs

An AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program strives to manage and conserve a select and typically threatened or endangered, ex situ species population with the cooperation of AZA-accredited institutions. SSP Programs develop a Breeding and Transfer Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population. There are currently nearly 500 SSP Programs, each managed by their corresponding Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), within AZA.

WHAT: BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun for youngsters includes opportunities like a wild flower and vegetable seed-planting craft station presented by 99 Cents Only Stores, bunny nose and whisker face painting, entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Adventure Show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., strolling costumed “Spring Fairy” characters, photos with a “Big Bunny” character for a nominal fee, and two special keeper talks throughout the Zoo at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more family fun, join the Spring Dance Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with special games and audience participation at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Rounding out the activities are an “EGG-ucation Station” to give inquisitive guests a chance to learn about rabbit senses, communication, and grooming habits and special up-close Animals & You presentations at 10:45, 11:45, and 12:45 featuring bunnies and other fuzzy critters. Programming subject to change.

Event Snapshot

March 30 – April 1, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with paid admission or GLAZA membership.

WHEN: Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST: All Big Bunny’s Spring Fling activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 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 Los Angeles Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo 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. 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 website at www.lazoo.org

Photo by Jamie Pham

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) annual Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series returns with a spotlight on the institution’s ongoing commitment to conservation with four upcoming evenings on Thursday, March 22, April 26, May 31, and June 28, 6 to 9 p.m. The Zoo is partnering with local, environmentally friendly vineyards whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom four-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by Zoo Executive Chef Brad Robertson. The series focuses on sustainability – from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation. Each evening explores a different topic and features conversations with a curator or keeper, up-close animal encounters, and wine introductions by winery representatives.

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3/22 Fiddlehead Cellars (Lompoc)

4/26 Ramona Ranch Winery (Ramona)

5/31 Robert Hall Winery (Paso Robles)

6/28 Ancient Peaks Winery (Santa Margarita)

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This series offers a fun and unique way to meet others who share a common appreciation for wildlife, wine, and great food,” comments Sara Rodriguez, director of events for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. Robertson adds, “It’s a chance to showcase Southern Californian bounty in wine and food from fantastic local producers in an amazing night out. It’s a unique and unforgettable date-night environment — and a lot of fun. This partnership is meant to share the many occasions when the missions of the chefs, the Zoo, and winemakers converge in a truly remarkable evening.”

“Dinner Digest” is the theme for March 22, held in Ludden Plaza inside the L.A. Zoo’s Australia habitat, and features Fiddlehead Cellars. Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars in 1989 to capture the essence of two distinguished varietals—Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Before falling in love with viticulture, Kathy was on course to pursue a career in medicine with degrees in microbiology and biochemistry, disciplines that also play a significant role in winemaking. Join Animal Keeper Kevin Gorowski for a visit with the Zoo’s koalas and a glimpse at how microbiology and biochemistry make it possible for this marsupial species to survive on a diet that would be toxic to other animals.

April 26, is themed “Raptors and Reptiles,” set to take place on the Cambodia Terrace at Elephants of Asia, and features Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery. Ramona Ranch Vineyard has been certified a sustainable vineyard and winery by the California Wine Institute. The winery has focused on sustainability since it was established in 2004, and was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The vineyard features wind turbine and solar generators, owl boxes, and an insectary that attracts beneficial bugs and birds to improve the biodiversity of the farm. A wide range of wildlife resides at the winery, including several native raptors and beneficial snakes. Learn about some of the Zoo’s local raptors and reptiles with Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio.

“Native and Natural,” held inside the Amazonian stilt house of the Rainforest of the Americas on May 31, features Robert Hall Winery.  Some of the Robert Hall Winery’s sustainability practices include preserving and restoring the property’s native oak trees, and offering protected habitat for wildlife. Cover crops are grown between the vines to decrease soil erosion. Located throughout the vineyards are owl boxes that are specifically designed to attract barn owls, which manage pests. Learn about the importance of native plants and natural pest control with Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants and Wild Flowers and Curator of Birds Mike Maxcy.

The series concludes on June 28, with Ancient Peaks Winery with the theme “For the Generations” at Mahale Mountains, home to the Zoo’s multigenerational chimpanzee troop. Ancient Peaks Winery represents the shared vision of three longtime local wine producing and ranching families with a commitment to sustainable practices that will ensure the health of their vineyards and the surrounding habitat for generations to come. Zoos make commitments to protect endangered species by maintaining sustainable populations of the animals in their care. Discover what makes the Zoo’s chimpanzee program a model for zoos around the world and how our support and expertise are applied to vital conservation efforts in the field. Curator of Primates Candace Sclimenti will introduce the multigenerational troop, one of the largest in North America, and share stories about a recent trip to Cameroon train staff at Limbe Wildlife Centre and Ape Action Africa.

Tickets to each evening in the series are $150 per person/$140 per GLAZA member. Seating is limited, and advance online ticket purchase is required. The event is open to adults age 21 and older.

To purchase tickets, please visit: www.lazoo.org/sustainablewinedinners

Vegetarian options available upon request during online ticket purchase.

Programs and dinner locations subject to change.

About the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA)

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.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.

The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Creative Animal Tour Community Outreach

The Los Angeles Zoo is the next stop on the Creative Animal Foundation’s U.S. Tiny Home Tour on Saturday, March 3, which also happens to be World Wildlife Day! Tour hosts, Stephanie Arne and Tim Davison, have embarked on a 50-city grassroots tour on behalf of their foundation’s mission to challenge themselves and one million people online and in person to live a more sustainable lifestyle. By touring the public through their 200-square-foot tiny home, they are encouraging people to protect wildlife by choosing more sustainable actions every day. It is their belief that individual actions – big or small, conscious or unconscious – change the world.

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March 3, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with paid admission or GLAZA membership.

The 200-square foot tiny home is a one-of-a-kind Homo sapien habitat on wheels. Created by a crew at Tiny Living by 84 Lumber, the eco-friendly home is made of reclaimed wood siding from a 100+ year old barn. The sustainable home also features energy saving LED lighting, Eco-bamboo flooring, and a composting toilet, among many other creative materials. Guests will be invited to tour the tiny home and learn how the individual features can add up to a healthier, more cost-effective living, and a better environment.

“We’re so excited to visit Los Angeles on the last leg of our tour,” said Stephanie Arne, co-founder of the Creative Animal Foundation. “I’ve filmed at the L.A. Zoo before as the host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and they sort of feel like family. I’m so proud of the conservation work they do there. And, the fact that we can educate Angelenos on how they can make an impact in their world on World Wildlife Day is such a refreshing coincidence because it really is our goal to inspire people to be true advocates for wildlife by taking action on a daily basis.”

The theme for World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants, is Big cats: predators under threat. Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these magnificent predators are facing varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching, and illegal trade. The L.A. Zoo encourages guests to visit the Zoo’s lions, tigers, snow leopards, and jaguars to learn more about these beautiful felines and the plight they face in the wild.

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.

The Creative Animal Foundation

The Creative Animal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of education and science through a variety of programs dedicated to conservation, environmental sustainability, wildlife preservation, and the protection of our world’s oceans and waterways. Since 2017, the Creative Animal Troop has traveled the nation on a 50-city tour out of a 200-square-foot tiny home on wheels, conducting tiny house exhibitions and speaking about sustainable living at universities, zoos, museums, businesses, and festivals. Tour hosts Stephanie Arne, host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and wildlife artist Tim Davison are seasoned wildlife conservationists and educators who aim to inspire millions of Americans to help protect wildlife and wild places by choosing a more sustainable lifestyle. The hosts discuss practical, everyday steps Americans can take to have a smaller environmental footprint at home, whether that home is 200 or 2,000 square feet.

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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. Meet in front of Reggie’s Bistro at 10:30 a.m., unless stated otherwise.

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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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PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

Meet PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Nature Cat at this fun-filled weekend featuring crafts, story readings, and dancing.

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PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

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PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

Meet PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Nature Cat at this fun-filled weekend featuring crafts, story readings, and dancing.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

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Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series

We’ve partnered with four local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom five-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson.

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6:00PM - 9:00PM

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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. Meet in front of Reggie’s Bistro at 10:30 a.m., unless stated otherwise.

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Spring Zoo Camp

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee).

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Spring Zoo Camp

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee).

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Spring Zoo Camp

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee).

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Spring Zoo Camp

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee).

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Big Bunny's Spring Fling

“Spring into fun” with this annual celebration featuring musical entertainment, crafts, photo ops, special animal encounters, education stations, and much more.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Big Bunny's Spring Fling

Spring Zoo Camp

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee).

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Big Bunny's Spring Fling

“Spring into fun” with this annual celebration featuring musical entertainment, crafts, photo ops, special animal encounters, education stations, and much more.

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10:00AM - 4:00PM

Big Bunny's Spring Fling

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