San Diego Zoo's Nighttime Zoo China Celebration
Known as one of the most dynamic zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo is a landmark in America's Finest City. Tourists and residents alike go to marvel at the more than 4,000 animals who call the Zoo home.
Now with summer in full swing, the San Diego Zoo presents Nighttime Zoo China Celebration. This celebration offers a number of shows and activities for guests of all ages to enjoy.
"This year we have lots of new entertainment including Chinese acrobats, a new animal show, and a troop of robotic actors," said Jenny Mehlow, senior public relations representative of the San Diego Zoo.
The Golden Lion Chinese Acrobats hail from China's Hebei Province and will perform "Tales of the Mandarin Forest" daily at the Hunte Ampitheater. This show will feature acrobats, dancers, martial artists, musicians, colorful costumes, and various feats of courage. Another show sure to impress guests will be the debut of "Camp Critters." In the newly renovated Wegeforth Bowl, Harry the sea lion and his friends will help train audience members to be camp counselors. Join the fun to see if you can get your camp counselor badge.
Making its debut at the Nighttime Zoo will also be the Steam Powered Giraffe-Robot Band. The mixture of movements, harmonies and artificial intelligence will showcase sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and original music.
Other shows include Monkey King Stilt Walkers, a breathtaking finale at the Front Street Plaza, and the Surfin' Safari Bush Band playing a medley of music from different eras for "Dancin' through the Decades." This show is bound to have participants and spectators on their feet and dancing.
All shows are offered every evening at the Nighttime Zoo.
Why is the zoo highlighting China?
"The Zoo is preparing to open Panda Trek, a new exhibit that will incorporate our three Giant Pandas," said Mehlow.
The giant pandas will occupy an upgraded habitat that will feature traditional Chinese landscaping and a bamboo forest that will provide a beautiful backdrop for the three pandas and other Asian animals including the Sichuan takin, red pandas, Mang Mountain pit vipers, and additional exotic species.
The Zoo will also showcase other mind-blowing exhibits and features not associated with the Nighttime Zoo."The Zoo's northern Chinese leopard will have a new home in 'Africa Rocks'," said Mehlow.This new cat exhibit features a large climbing structure built with the trees from Zoo property and large, heated boulders for the cool summer nights.
"This leopard species is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature," added Mehlow.
To properly celebrate the Nighttime Zoo China Celebration, which runs from June 25 to September 5, the park has extended their hours. You may now visit the zoo anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
- City: San Diego, CA
- Organization: San Diego Zoo Global
- Venue: Balboa Park, San Diego
- Dates: June 25-September 5