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The Philadelphia Zoo's Calendar of Events

Friday, November 07, 2008
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A list of winter events and activities at America's first Zoo- The Philadelphia Zoo!

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) - As the weather outside turns frightful, kids of all ages can warm up and discover all the wild things at the Philadelphia Zoo! Families can connect with the environment we share and visit over 1,300 animals inside the Zoo's 42-acres of gardens, including six fully-heated indoor exhibits of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Guests can take a spin on the Zoo's brand new and "green" Amazon Rainforest Carousel. The carousel features hand-carved and hand-painted pieces modeled after many endangered species found within the Amazon Rainforest, is made from FSC-certified wood and illuminated by LED lights. Best of all, the Amazon Rainforest Carousel is open all winter long!

December through February, ticket prices are reduced to $12.95 for adults and children ages 2-11!

NOVEMBER

Special Screenings - Animal Planet's "Orangutan Island"
November 8 and 9
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission<
Join us Saturday, November 8th, and Sunday, November 9th, and be among the first to see Animal Planet's season two premiere of "Orangutan Island." America's First Zoo will hold special screenings regularly throughout the weekend in our award-winning Bank of America Big Cat Falls Theater. "Orangutan Island's" Executive Producer, Martha Ripp, will introduce the first screening at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8th, followed by a special meet-and-greet at noon. In addition to special keeper talks and demonstrations, guests of the Zoo can also visit the Zoo's orangutans, Sugi and Tua, inside the fully-heated PECO Primate Reserve and discover fascinating facts about these wonderful creatures while learning ways to help protect orangutans in the wild. On Saturday, November 8th only, the first 150 children receive a special orangutan plush toy. Children must be present to receive.

"Beast Feast;" Late-night Snack Version
November 8 and 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20.00 per member, $25.00 per non-member
Families from all over the region can experience a very special Zoo "beast feast" after dark! Learn how the Zoo uses locally-grown produce as animal enrichment year-round as guests hike the Zoo after dark and make an autumnal craft to take home. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 4-8 years old and their parents.

"Creatures of the Night" Family Overnight
November 22
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the next day
$50.00 per person
Owls, bats, porcupines....oh my! Some of the coolest creatures come out at night! Join us for a fun night of exploring America's First Zoo after dark and learn all about our nocturnal friends. Families will hike the Zoo and learn how animals survive...and thrive...after dark! Camp out in one of our heated, indoor classrooms, discover your Zoo after dark and make a cool craft to take home with you. A snack and light breakfast are included. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 5-10 years old and their parents.

Santa's Animal Surprises
November 28 to 30
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
Start the holiday season in style. Stop by the Zoo for a chance to catch Santa before his busy season, popping in to see what our animals have on their wish lists for the holidays. Santa will appear at various exhibits throughout both days to give our penguins, tiger cubs, polar bears and more, treats and toys. Visit the homes of our winter animals for a chance to see them play in the cooler weather.

DECEMBER

Santa's Animal Surprises
December 6 and 7
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
Start the holiday season in style. Stop by the Zoo for a chance to catch Santa before his busy season, popping in to see what our animals have on their wish lists for the holidays. Santa will appear at various exhibits throughout both days to give our penguins, tiger cubs, polar bears and more, treats and toys. Visit the homes of our winter animals for a chance to see them play in the cooler weather.

Holidoze Pajama Prowl
December 6
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20.00 per member, $25.00 per non-member
With the holiday season is in full swing, take a much-needed break with your family and visit the Zoo! Did you know some animals give gifts - just not quite like people do! Animals are a favorite part of many holidays. During the Zoo's Holidoze Pajama Prowl, guests can earn how your favorite critters are celebrated around the world! Families will visit a heated, indoor animal house, meet animals up-close-and-personal and make a winter-themed craft to take home. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 4-8 years old and their parents.

Santa Days
December 13 and 14, 20 and 21
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
Guests are invited to join us in the Zoo's historic Treehouse to meet Santa, make special holiday crafts, explore holiday traditions from different cultures and enjoy festive games. Kids of all ages can make a holiday card for their favorite animal, and Santa's helpers will make sure it gets hand-delivered that day!

New Years Res-ZOO-lutions Celebration
December 26 - 30, and January 2
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
Make a New Year's res-ZOO-lution that truly makes an impact - going green! Come to the Zoo to learn tips and hints for making a difference in the environment we share. Countdown to our "Green Party" and help us make environmentally-friendly decorations!

Froggin' Family Pajama Prowl
December 27
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20.00 per member, $25.00 per non-member
Celebrate the Year of the Frog with us! Learn about frogs and toads from around the world, make "frogami," meet some of our frogs up-close-and-personal and experience the Zoo after dark! Recommended for families with children ages 4-8 years old. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 4-8 years old and their parents.

JANUARY

Zooyear Party Pajama Prowlv January 2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20.00 per member, $25.00 per non-member
Celebrate the New Year at the Zoo! Make a res-ZOO-lution this year to help wild animals by learning ways to reduce your carbon footprint with our "FOOTPRINTS" Carbon Offset Program. Save energy while connecting to animals and the environment we share. Bundle up for a chilly Zoo hike and make an earth-friendly craft to take home. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 4-8 years old and their parents.

Happy New Year "Green Party"
January 3 and 4
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
Start the year off right by making a res-ZOO-lution to be greener in the New Year! Join America's First Zoo for a party in our historic Treehouse celebrating conservation while learning how everyone can make a difference. Complete with a "countdown" to New Years at noon each day!

Chilly Critters
January 19
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo admission
The temperatures might be chilly outside, but that doesn't mean the fun stops at America's First Zoo! Come learn how our animal friends adapt to the cold weather. There will be fun crafts as well as interactive stations so guests of all ages can learn about many cold-weather animals like polar bears and penguins and more!

Snoze and Doze Family Overnight
January 24
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the next day
$50.00 per person
The temperatures are dropping and winter is in full-swing. While humans turn up the heat to avoid the bitter cold, the Zoo's animals have a different idea of what it takes to survive the winter. Learn how animals handle the weather when watering holes freeze and snowflakes start to fall. Find ways you can save energy by warming up the "green way". Bundle-up and head out for an evening hike and see first-hand which animals love the cold and which ones would rather avoid it. "Hibernate" in one of our heated, indoor classrooms, discover your Zoo after dark and make a craft to take home with you. Snack and light breakfast are included. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 5-10 years old and their parents.

FEBRUARY

Lovin' on the Wild Side
February 14 and 15
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Adults only
$75.00
Take an up-close-and-personal tour of the Zoo and learn about the fascinating mating behaviors of everything from tigers to tortoises. Enjoy a delicious brunch and champagne toast between "close encounters" with the Zoo's animal celebrities. Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. Call 215-243-5254.

Valentine's Day Stroll
February 14 and 15
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo Admission
What better way to spend Valentine's Day than to bring your valentine to America's First Zoo and receive and take a romantic, self-guided tour around the Zoo to visit all of our "critter couples."

Valentine's Day Pajama Prowl
February 14
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20.00 per member, $25.00 per non-member
Did you know some animal sweethearts give gifts all year round? Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and learn about animal gift-giving! When the sun goes down, families will hike the Zoo to learn about animal valentines and gift-giving. Meet some of our favorite animal couples and even make a gift for your favorite animal sweetheart! Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 4-8 years old and their parents.

February Birthday Bash
February 16
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo Admission
2009 is Lincoln's 200th birthday and the Zoo is celebrating by throwing a party for our animal friends that have February birthdays! Come make birthday cards for our animals and watch while they get special birthday treats.

Snorin' Safari Family Overnight
February 21
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the next day
$50.00 per person
Travel around the world without leaving the comfort of the Zoo. Families immerse themselves in an imaginary voyage across African savannahs, the Australian Outback and even their own backyards! Learn about animals, habitats and people from every continent. Included with this multi-cultural adventure is a night hike, after hours visit to one of our heated animal houses, chat with a zookeeper and so much more. Camp out in one of our indoor classrooms, discover your Zoo after dark and make a craft to take home with you. Snack and light breakfast are included. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Call 215-234-5254. Perfect for children ages 5-10 years old and their parents.

Polar Bear Splash
February 28 and March 1
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free with Zoo Admission
Did you know polar bears were recently added to the threatened species list? Come discover more about these fascinating creatures and learn ways you can help them in your every day life. Interactive activities, keeper talks and lots of fun await kids of all ages.

The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 34th Street and Girard Avenue - minutes from the historic downtown area - in beautiful Fairmount Park. The Philadelphia Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from December 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009. Family memberships start at just $94; Zoo members receive free admission.

About The Philadelphia Zoo:

The Philadelphia Zoo, America's First Zoo, is preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, the Zoo is currently home to over 1,300 animals from around the world, many rare and endangered. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year from throughout the region and beyond, the Zoo serves children and families as a unique and engaging public resource for wildlife conservation and education. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, including 150th Anniversary Fun Facts updated daily, or to purchase and print tickets online, visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.

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