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LA Zoo’s Latino Heritage Celebration
September 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am - September 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pm$15 – $20
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens presents its LATINO HERITAGE CELEBRATION on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Zoo. Held in honor of Latino Heritage Month and sponsored by ScholarShare, this weekend-long cultural celebration features performances by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, a visit from Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, crafts, storytelling, a spotlight on native Latin American animals throughout the Zoo — including keeper talks, mini-tours and up-close animal encounters — and other fun.
The Mariachi Divas, the wildly popular multi-cultural, all-female ensemble, play a full set each day at 2:15 pm, and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, which focuses on Mexican folk arts dance, performs each day at 12 noon and 1 pm.
From 10:30 am to 3:30 pm each day, Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer character’s meet-and-greet appearances alternate with story readings from such books as Papagayo: The Mischief Maker, Jabuti: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon, The Great Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. There are mini tours of the Zoo’s Rainforest of the America’s, The LAIR amphibian/invertebrates/reptile house and the South America area.
Additionally, docents provide insight at several education stations, including “Home Is Where the Nest Is,” about animals native to rainforests, “Plantastic Desert Adaptations,” on how plants adapt to hot environments, and “Vital Vultures/Nature’s Clean Up Crew,” revealing how vultures, often called “ugly or nasty or gross or revolting,” are instead part of nature’s clean-up crew in the cycle of life and an ecologically vital group that faces a range of threats in the many places that they’re found. The “Vital Vultures/Nature’s Clean Up Crew” activity station also provides a look at vultures in the Zoo – among them the California condor – including what guests can do to help these unusual, magnificent birds and how the Zoo supports conservation efforts in Latin America and around the world, such as the California Condor Recovery Program.
Crafts for kids, presented by ScholarShare, include a papel picado craft, paper marigold flowers and a Dora the Explorer-themed craft. Calacas face painting is available all day for a nominal fee. Special food stands feature authentic Latin American refreshments, from street corn and churros to an agua fresca bar. Guests can pose at a fun photo op with Aztec pyramids scenery and participate in a word search game with gifts at the Helpful Honda table. All activities, except face painting, are free with paid Zoo admission.
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.