Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016
11 am to 3 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Cookie Monster and Grover, two of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters, visit the Los Angeles Zoo to greet guests and pose for pictures during SESAME STREET LIVE WEEKEND on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lovable “furry friends” make personal appearances for family photos with Zoo visitors with between 11 am and 3 pm, included free with paid Zoo admission. Sesame Street Live Weekend guests receive an exclusive promo code offer to save $5 on tickets to area performances of Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” and an opportunity to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets. Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” plays on May 7 at downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre and May 27 and 28 at City National Grove of Anaheim. (SesameStreetLive.com).
Visitors to Sesame Street Live Weekend can also check out two Tasmanian devils brothers, nearly three years old, who arrived recently at the Los Angeles. Zoo. This endangered Australian species, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, is indigenous only to the island state of Tasmania, and the L.A. Zoo is one of just four zoos in the United States to house them in its animal collection.
Other weekend activities at the L.A. Zoo include close-up “Animals & You” encounters at 10:45 am, 11 am, and 12:45 pm, and shows and presentations such as the ELEPHANTS OF ASIA training demonstration at 11 am; the popular WORLD OF BIRDS SHOW at 11:30 am; a HAWK TRAINING DEMONSTRATION at 2 pm; a MARSUPIAL TALK at 11:30 am (Sunday only); and more. The schedule, subject to weather and other changes, is available at the Zoo entrance and online at www.LAZoo.org.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 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 the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; 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; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; 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 Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. 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. 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 the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 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. For tickets and additional information, contact (323) 644-6001 or visit lazoo.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sesame Workshop