LION FUN DAYS AT THE HOUSTON ZOO
Have a Roaring Good Time November 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Each Day
(HOUSTON) October 31, 2011 … It’s hard to believe, but the King of the Jungle is in trouble. The population of African lions is falling at an alarming rate. During the 1950’s there were an estimated 500,000 lions in Africa. Today it’s a very different story, with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 lions in all of Africa. Field researchers and conservationists believe the decline can be slowed and eventually reversed through community outreach and education. That’s where you come in.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the Houston Zoo and children and families in 40 villages across northern Mozambique will hold simultaneous Lion Fun Days. At the Houston Zoo, Lion Fun Days activities will be a mirror image of the community outreach and education events that the Niassa Lion Project will be doing in Mozambique that weekend.
Lion Fun Days at the Houston Zoo will include Meet the Keeper Talks, face painting (kids can put on their best Lion Face), crafts and games for children of all ages. The Houston Zoo’s lion keepers and volunteers will also offer a variety of Lion Fun Days souvenirs for sale including sculpture made from wire snare traps, handmade art and items from Africa, coloring books, magnets and more. All proceeds from Lion Fun Days sales directly benefit the Niassa Lion Project. Meet the Keeper Talks, face painting, crafts and games are included in your Zoo admission and Zoo membership.
Lion Fun Days Schedule (All activities at the Lion exhibit)
10 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
10:30 a.m. Ecosystem Tug of war and games
11:30 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
1:30 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
2 p.m. Ecosystem Tug of War and games
3 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
About the Houston Zoo
Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 1.8 million guests annually. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes. Travel to Africa. No Passport Required.
The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed Christmas Day. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $8 for children ages 2-11 and FREE for children under 2. Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult Zoo admission for $10 and a child Zoo admission for $7. Zoo memberships start at only $55. For information on all the great benefits of becoming a Zoo member call (713) 533-6713 or visit our Web site at www.houstonzoo.org.
Ride METRORail to the Houston Zoo from the Fannin South Park and Ride lot. With frequent service, METRORail is a convenient answer to traffic congestion in the Texas Medical Center/Hermann Park/Museum District corridor. For METRORail information, visit www.ridemetro.org.
Operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity.
The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.
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