BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure on Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm. Fun for youngsters includes the opportunity to pet real bunnies, photos with “Big Bunny,” opportunities to view animals as they uncover Easter-themed paper mache eggs and baskets filled with treats, face painting, bunny ear crafts, Easter egg coloring, musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, costumed bunny and fairy characters and a strolling stilt walker. Adding to the excitement is a “Big Bunny’s EGG-cellent Adventure” search with clues and a special treat provided by 99 Cents Only Stores awaiting youngsters at each stop. Rounding out the activities is an “EGG-ucation Station” with scent containers to give inquisitive guests a chance to see what it’s like to have a bunny’s sense of smell, how to use your hands like a bunny’s paws, and how to identify a bunny’s emotions by the movement of its ears. All events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.
Other activities at the L.A. Zoo include close-up animal encounters at 10:45 and 11 am, with an extra encounter at 12:45 pm on weekend days, and shows and presentations such as the ELEPHANTS OF ASIA training demonstration at 11 am; the popular WORLD OF BIRDS SHOW at11:30 am; a HAWK TRAINING DEMONSTRATION at 2 pm (Saturday/Sunday only); 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.
Programming subject to change.
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