SUMMER NIGHTS ARE FOR FUN
AT LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
“Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo” Fridays, August 22
“Brew at the L.A. Zoo” Friday, August 8
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opens its doors for a series of summer after-hours events for adults and families to enjoy music, food and fun — and animals! — under the starry skies.
“Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo” is a summer music series that brings together popular indie bands, favorite L.A. food trucks and full-service bars as well as pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and a DJ dance party. Select animal habitats and exhibits, including the new “Rainforest of the Americas” that features endangered, rare and exotic animals from Mexico, Central and South America, will be open to visitors during these after-hours concert nights. This summer, the Los Angeles Zoo will host three separate Friday night August 22 each from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens ticket office and online at www.lazoo.org/roaringnights/. Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission; $15 for GLAZA members. All guests must be 18 or older to enter.
Complimentary bicycle valet service will be provided for all three “Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo” events by Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (www.la-bike.org).
Nighttime fun for everyone happens on Saturday, July 12th when the Los Angeles Zoo hosts “L.A. Zoo Family Jam” from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Kids ages two and older are invited to enjoy bands, dancing, popular food trucks, and other family fun that will include crafts, strolling entertainers, pop- up keeper talks and music by Brazilian Samba Angels. Zoo guests will also have a rare after-hours opportunity to visit popular Zoo habitats and exhibits like the new “Rainforest of the Americas.” Among the food trucks scheduled to participate in “Family Jam Night” are Ta Bom Truck, The Pudding Truck, Tornado Potato, Vchos, Dogtown Dogs, The Melt and Patty Wagon Burgers. Tickets for “L.A. Zoo Family Jam” are available online at www.lazoo.org/famiyjam/. Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $14 for children 2 and older; GLAZA member ticket prices are $16 for adults and $13 for children 2 and and older.
“Brew at the L.A. Zoo,” is a popular annual Zoo event for guests ages 21 and over that showcases select beers from Southern California micro-breweries, pub-style food throughout the venue, music and entertainment. This year's “Brew at the L.A. Zoo” will be held on Friday, August 8 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Upon arrival, Zoo guests will receive a collectible 5 oz. commemorative mini beer mug along with 14 tickets to exchange for beer samples. Guests will have the opportunity to tour several of the Zoo's most popular exhibits including the new “Rainforest of the Americas” while sampling beer from some of Southern California's finest micro-breweries. Popular food trucks, live music and dancing make for a memorable evening under the stars. This annual event is expected to sell out and should be purchased ahead of time online at www.lazoo.org/brew/, General Public Tickets are $45. Designated Driver Tickets are $25 and do not include a tasting mug or beer tickets with admission but receive a free souvenir cup with fountain drink refills for the entire evening. All guests must be 21 years of age or older with valid I.D. to enter the event.
During evening events, animals are given access to their night houses for their comfort. As a result, some animals may not choose to be on exhibit.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, attracting 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. The L.A. Zoo is located on 133 acres of lush grounds that feature a botanical collection comprised of over 800 different plant species with more than 7,000 individual plants. There are 65,000 member households in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) representing more than 240,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles.
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 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park, at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, make it a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323) 644-4200. www.lazoo.org