Lunar New Year 2014 Events Planned At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo

Lunar New Year at the Prospect Park Zoo: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 15 & 16
Lunar New Year at the Queens Zoo: Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2

New York – Jan. 30, 2014 –
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo have events in February celebrating Lunar New Year 2014 – The year of the horse.

At the WCS Prospect Park Zoo on Feb. 15 & 16:

Activities include:

  • Live Animal Demonstrations – Zoo staff will introduce visitors to some of the animals who call the zoo home. - (11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.)
  • Sea Lion Feedings – At the zoo’s daily sea lion feedings, zookeepers show how they monitor the animals’ health through training behaviors such as high dives and flipper stands. (11:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.)
  • Meet Our Miniature Horses – Visitors will learn about the zoo’s miniature horses in celebration of the Year of the Horse. (12 and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Puppet Show – "Hao Bang Ah, Horse!" puppet show presented by Chinese Theatre Works (1 and 3 p.m.)
  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals who might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m)
  • Crafts – Visitors will make lantern crafts out of good-luck money envelopes. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

At the WCS Queens Zoo on Feb. 1 & 2:

Activities include:
  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals who might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 
  • Crafts – Visitors will make dragon masks and lantern crafts in the zoo’s Discovery Center on the farm, where refreshments will be available. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 
  • Story Time – Zoo education staff will read aloud horse-themed stories in the zoo’s Wild Room, located near the sea lion pool. (2:30 p.m.) 
  • Horse Encounters – Visitors will learn about the zoo’s Norwegian fjord pony, donkey and haflinger horses in celebration of the Year of the Horse. (12:30 and 3:30 p.m.)
Media Note: For further information on this story please contact Barbara Russo at 718-265-3428 or email brusso@wcs.org

CONTACT:
Barbara Russo - 718-265-3428; brusso@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli - 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and to 5:30 P.M. on weekends and holidays, April through October. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

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