SALUTE TO 1980s MUSIC WITH TRIBUTES TO DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE ADDED TO SLATE OF SIX SUMMER EVENINGS AT THE L.A. ZOO June, July, August and September 2016 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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A salute to 1980s music with tributes to David Bowie and Prince has been added to the Roaring Nights lineup in September by the Los Angeles Zoo during its slate of six unforgettable summer evenings, including the popular four-part “Roaring Nights” Summer Music Series and “Brew at the L.A. Zoo,” both for adults only, and “Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo” for youngsters and families.  Guests at all six evenings experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits, up-close encounters with smaller Zoo creatures, music, food and fun.

ROARING NIGHTS AT THE L.A. ZOO, a summer music series open to guests ages 18 and up, kicks off on Friday, June 24, 2016, 7 pm, spotlighting 90s music, followed by three additional Roaring Nights events with all-different lineups on Friday, July 29* (country music), Friday, August 26 (indie rock) and Friday, September 16 (80s music with tributes to David Bowie and Prince).  While full details are set to be announced shortly, each evening features a live band, DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to Zoo animal habitats, a game zone and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” for guests to paint a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir.  Ticket prices are $25, and $22 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/roaringnights.  For questions, call 323-644-6001.  *July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6 pm, FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO presents family entertainment for all ages featuring live music, dancing, food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, a rare opportunity for youngsters to experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more.  Tickets to Family Jam are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members are $22 for adults and $17 for children; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visitwww.lazoo.org/familyjam.  For questions, call 323-644-6001..

The 6th Annual BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO on Friday, August 5, 2016, 7 pm, is one of the city’s most popular 21+ events.  Known for beer tasting samples from close to 50 local craft and microbreweries, it also features live music, karaoke, a DJ, pub-style grub, Zookeeper talks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, and visits to animal habitats.  Advance tickets to Brew at the L.A. Zoo are $65, $60 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members, $25 for Designated Drivers (includes free fountain drink refills all evening at four Zoo locations), and $125 for VIP tickets with access to exclusive lounges serving complimentary food and specialty drinks/pours AND early entry to the entire route.  Tickets at the door, if available, are $75, or $70 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/brew.  For questions, call 323-644-6001.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Plentiful free parking is available for the summer evening events.  For additional information about the Zoo’s summer evening events, www.lazoo.org.  For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.

Credit: Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

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