LA Zoo’s ‘Big Bunny Spring Fling 2017′ This Weekend, Celebrate The Season

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BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure on Friday, April 14, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Fun for youngsters includes opportunities to examine eggs of different animals, seed-planting crafts, face painting, musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, costumed unicorn princess and fairy characters, photos with a “Big Bunny” character for a nominal fee and a special Ranch Talk to learn about and interact with the Zoo’s sheep.  Adding to the excitement is Bubblemania, a “hands on” bubble-making experience for guests featuring bubble wands that look like flowers, butterflies, dinosaurs, dolphins and more.  For more family fun, a Dance Block Party features a live DJ (11 am to 4 pm) and breakdancing demonstrations.  Guests also discover the complexities of reptile egg laying and incubation during talks in The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) exhibit at 11 am and 2 pm.  Rounding out the activities are an “EGG-ucation Station” to give inquisitive guests a chance to see a bunny’s sensory and grooming habits, as well as the opportunity to learn about care for real bunnies, which are available for viewing at 10:45 am, 11:45 am and 12:45 pm.  All events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.GL-BigBunnyCThe Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” of its November 28, 1966, opening that spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future. 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, as well as 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. The L.A. Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature 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; 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 LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. 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.GL-BigBunnyA

Programming subject to change.

All Big Bunny’s Spring Fling events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.  Zoo admission 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 age two.  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 additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org/

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Jamie Pham Photogaphy
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