WCS's Central Park Zoo Celebrates the Season with Winterfest

Presents for the Animals, holiday lighting, and special performances kick-off the holiday season


New York, N.Y. –November 2, 2011– The holidays are right around the corner and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo is celebrating the season with Winterfest – a holiday celebration that includes special performances, holiday lighting displays, and presents for the animals.
 
During the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17) the zoo will stay open until 6:30 p.m. inviting visitors to stroll through the zoo and enjoy thousands of white lights, theater performances, and presents to the animals.
 
Lights and festive greenery line the pathways to winter-themed activities. At Winterfest, the polar bear and penguins will receive presents filled with their favorite treats including fish-sickles and fruits.  Animal keepers and zoo guides will be available to talk to guests about the animals and answer questions.
 
Polar-themed performances by WCS’s Wildlife Theater and live animal encounters in the Zoo Gallery will headline this year’s Winterfest activities. Families can also make a special winter craft to take home.
 
The Central Park Zoo’s 4-D Theater will be showing The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience is based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D Experience from BBC Earth.
 
For a break from the chilly air, the Central Park Zoo’s Tropic Zone is a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Home to tropical birds, lemurs, and more, it is the perfect place to take a break from the cold.  
 
The Dancing Crane Café will be serving holiday treats, hot chocolate, and other festive fare. The Zootique will be offering holiday discounts and is the perfect place to find wild gifts.
 
 
Winterfest Schedule: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.
 
2-6 p.m.-Wildlife Theater performances on the hour in the Zoo Gallery
 
2:30-5:30-Live Animal Encounters on the half hour in the Zoo Gallery
 
2-6:30 p.m. - Crafts in the Zoo Theater Classroom
 
3:15 p.m.-Presents to the penguins
 
5:30- Presents to the polar bear
 
Special Performances and Meet and Greet:

December 10 – If You Really Love Polar Bears – performance by Making Books Sing. 2 and 3 p.m. in the Zoo Gallery
 
Dec. 18 –  Sprout TV – Super Why and Character appearances at 2:00 in the Zoo Gallery.
 

Contact:
Sophie Bass:  718-265-3428; sbass@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli - 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org


 



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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  General Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3. Total Experience Admission is $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for senior citizens, and $13.00 for children 3 to 12.  4-D theater admission is $4.00 for members and $7.00 for non-members. Zoo hours are 10am to 5:30 pm, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit www.centralparkzoo.com

The Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

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