Celebrate the holidays with exciting events at Zoo Miami

Celebrate the holidays with exciting events at Zoo Miami

Post Date:11/23/2011


Media Contact:
Zoological Society of Florida
Cindy Castelblanco/Andrea Obregon
Office: 305-255-5551
 cindyc@zsf.org/aobregon@zsf.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH EXCITING EVENTS AT ZOO MIAMI
Enjoy a Holiday Hoedown, 8 nights of Zoo Lights, Dinner with Santa, and watch our animals open their special holiday gifts

MIAMI, FL (November 22, 2011) -  This holiday season Zoo Miami is hosting a myriad of exciting and fun activities for everyone.  This year, we’re hosting a fundraiser for Zoo Miami’s next exhibit, Florida: Mission Everglades, with the Holiday Hoedown on December 3 at Green Glades Ranch in Weston.  At Zoo Miami, guests can enjoy beautiful animal-shaped lights as they stroll zoo walkways during the 8 nights of Zoo Lights, have Dinner with Santa, and watch the animals open their specially-prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.

Hosted by the Zoological Society of Florida and Ron Bergeron, the Holiday Hoedown  will take place at Green Glades Ranch (21111 sw 16 street; Weston, FL 33332) on December 3, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  There will be live music from the hot country band Shadow Creek, an open bar, and great BBQ all to benefit the next exhibit at Zoo Miami, Florida: Mission Everglades.  Since it is a hoedown in December, the attire requested is Holiday Western Wear.  Some of the entertainment that will be provided includes Round Up Nightclub saloon girls and dancers, gunfighters, and cowboys!  Light up cowboy boot mugs will be sold for a $20 donation.  Main event tickets are $150  each and VIP tickets are $250 each.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.holidayhoedown.com

The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for 8 brilliant nights during Zoo Lights, December 16 – 23 from 7 – 10 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.).  Guests can enjoy dozens of bright animal-shaped lights along our walkways, listen to wonderful holiday music, sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, and take a ride on a camel, the wildlife carrousel or the hippo slide (the world’s largest inflatable slide).  Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing.  General admission is only $5 per person plus tax.  Food, beverages, camel rides, carrousel and hippo slide are all available at additional costs.

Dinner with Santa will take place on December 17, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Bring the kids to meet him before he has to rush back to the North Pole!  Enjoy a delicious holiday dinner with the family, photos with Santa, a holiday plush gift and holiday craft-making for the little ones! 

Dinner with Santa admission includes parking, entry to Zoo Lights from 7 – 10 p.m. and a classic holiday menu of fresh roasted turkey with homemade gravy, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes with melting marshmallows, herbed buttery carrots, homemade cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with butter, homemade seasonal pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, strawberry-infused lemonade, and cranberry mint-infused water.  General admission is $39.95 per adult and $33.95 per child ages 3-12.  Zoo members are $36.95 per adult and $30.95 per child ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are free.  To make a reservation, please call 305-251-0400, ext 84941.

Another fun family activity is Holiday Gifts for the Animals!  Every weekend in December, including Christmas Day, watch the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers and volunteers.  The animals enjoy opening up their enriching gifts and you’ll be entertained watching them.  See schedule below for details.

December 3, Saturday
10:30 a.m. Great Indian hornbills at Wings of Asia will receive papier maché ornaments filled with meaty treats.
1:30 p.m.  Pygmy hippo will eat giant red and green popsicles.

December 4, Sunday
10 a.m.  Jaguars will get their own holiday tree – an Australian pine tree with all of the trimmings including catnip!
2 p.m.    Asian bear will receive a gift box filled with treats.

December 10, Saturday
10:30 a.m. Great Indian hornbills at Wings of Asia will receive papier maché ornaments filled with meaty treats.
11:30 a.m.   Lions will get red and green ice treats.
3 p.m.   African elephants will get giant candy canes.

December 11, Sunday
10:30 a.m.  Tigers will cool off with their holiday ice treats.
2 p.m.   Gorilla will receive their own holiday popsicles.

December 17, Saturday
11:30 a.m.  Santa will deliver sacks filled with treats for the Orangutans.
1 p.m.   Asian elephants will get a giant holiday ribbon.

December 18, Sunday
12:30 p.m.  Meerkats will receive a gift box filled with bugs!
2:30 p.m. Great Indian hornbills at Wings of Asia will receive papier maché ornaments filled with meaty treats.


December 24, Saturday
10:30 a.m.  Great Indian hornbills at Wings of Asia will receive papier maché ornaments filled with meaty treats.
1 p.m. Asian elephants will get edible holiday ornaments.
2 p.m. A holiday tree with all of the trimmings will be delivered to Amazon & Beyond for the agouti, chestnut-mandibled toucan, great curassows and black-throated magpie jays.

December 25, Sunday
1:45 p.m.  Chimpanzees will receive a holiday surprise!
3 p.m.  African elephants will receive their own giant holiday tree!

December 31, Saturday
11:30 a.m.  New Guinea singing dogs will receive New Year’s ball treat dispensers.
1:30 p.m.  Warthogs will get New Year’s decorated treat boxes.

January 1, Sunday
2 p.m.   Sun bear will receive treat boxes for the New Year.
3 p.m.   African elephants will get papier maché animals.


Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95/adult and $11.95/child (3 -12) plus tax.  Children under three, Zoo members and parking are free.  The Holiday Hoedown, Zoo Lights, Dinner with Santa are special events with separate admission prices.  To save time, buy your tickets online at www.zoomiami.org.  Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.

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