Celebrate Chinese New Year And 2017 As The Year Of The Rooster

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The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017. Get your Chinese New Year on at the Palm Beach Zoo’s annual DragonFest this Friday from 11:00A-2:15P. Enjoy crafts, face painting, a DJ and the Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy along with a marial arts demonstration.

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Are you a Rooster?

Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005…

Strengths: Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick minded
Weaknesses: Impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: gold, brown, brownish yellow, yellow

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Excited that this is your year? Not so fast. According to Chinese astrology, your Zodiac year is considered to be unlucky. People in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed to bring nothing but bad luck.

How can you fend off the bad luck? Try wearing red or donning jade accessories.

New School New Year’s Options in the Southend

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Want to ring in the New Year without staying up until midnight for festivities? Two Southend spots have got the hot tickets for family-friendly 2016 swan song shindigs before the sun goes down.

This year, join the fun at the South Florida Science Center or the Palm Beach Zoo to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve.

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Celebrate with your furry, feathered, and scaly friends!The Noisy Neighbors DJ Dance Party starts at 11am in the Fountain Plaza and includes free face-painting and crafts. At noon, all the revelers will ring in the New Year with an apple juice toast and the Zoo’s unique alligator drop. This year, the paper-mache alligator is painted white to honor Mardi and his new home in the Florida Wetlands section of the Zoo.

Make it a resolution not to miss these events!

Ho-Ho-Ho comes to SoSo With The Zoo’s Hot Holiday Ticket

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Don’t pass up the chance to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. The Palm Beach Zoo is once again hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, up-close animal encounters and a meet-and-greet and photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. With all that fun plus face painting, crafts, and complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel, it’s no wonder that this event sells out every year. Seating is limited, so don’t wait too long to make your reservations.

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This year’s seatings are:
Saturday, December 17th – 8:30am
Sunday, December 18th – 8:30am
Saturday, December 24th – 8:30am

Non-member pricing includes full-day admission to Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.

Member Adult (13+) $26.95
Member Child (3-12) $18.95
Non-Member Adult (13+) $36.95
Non-Member Child (3-12) $28.95
Toddler (0-2) $7.95

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Pokemon Go Invades the Palm Beach Zoo

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Calling all Pokémon Go fans and addicts….Get your Pokeball throwing finger ready for this Saturday’s “Go Wild & Catch Em All” Pokémon party at the Palm Beach Zoo.

From 4:15-9:00, the Zoo will be hosting an off-the-hook, but on-the-grid Pokémon shindig that will delight all those hoping to add to their Pokémon collection, battle or get a gym workout in a safe environment.

Pokémon Go players will find approximately a dozen Poke Stops and one Gym inside the Zoo. Plus, the Zoo plans to drop lures all around the Zoo throughout the event.

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With prizes to win, live music by Kat Man Duo, Pokémon crafts for younger children, Pokémon face painting, and a cash bar for the adults with special drinks in Team Valor, Mystic, and Pure colors, this is THE place to be for Pokémon Go fans of all ages.

And don’t worry about low battery levels cutting into your enjoyment of the festivities. The Zoo will have a charging table in the Fountain Plaza in case catching Pokemon wipes out your power. Bring your own connecting cables to plug into a standard power strip outlet.

Special Admission Prices for the Event
Zoo Members: Free
Non-Member Adult (Ages 13+): $14.50
Non-Member Child (Ages 3-12): $10.50
Toddlers (Ages 0-2): Free

Get Your Grub On At The Palm Beach Zoo’s Food Truck Safari

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Start skipping dessert now so you’ll be plenty hungry for the Palm Beach Zoo’s Food Truck Safari this Saturday, June 18th. Gates open at 4:30pm, truck windows open at 5:00pm, last ticket sold at 8:15pm, Zoo closes at 9:00pm.

It’s an eat, drink and be merry extravaganza.

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Food trucks scheduled to appear include:

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DRINK: 
Beer and Wine is available for the 21+ set.
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PLUS- Barrel of Monks Brewing will be doing a tap takeover and featuring the first kegs of this summer’s batch of Abbey Terno and their always popular White Wizard Wit.

BE MERRY:
Enjoy live music by The Shin Dig Duo and Andre Michaud.

Zoo admission for the Food Truck Safari is
$10 for adult non-members
$9 for adult members
$7 child non-members
$6 child members
Under 3 free.

Food and beverage purchases are NOT included in admission. Trucks accept cash and most credit cards.

Purchase advance tickets here.

 

Run and Fun In the Southend This Saturday

It’s a Saturday filled with activity and adventure in the Southend this weekend.

Pound your protein smoothie and throw on your running shoes for the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K  at the Palm Beach Zoo. This year’s race is all the more special as it pays tribute to the life of the Zoo’s beloved Lead Keeper and her love of all cats…especially tigers.

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In honor of Stacey, Team AC-27, named after her radio call sign and comprised of several zookeepers and other staff, will also be running and walking in the race. Team AC-27’s ‘virtual team’ is now comprised of 120 people across 17 states! There will also be a ‘Remembrance Table’ in the fountain area where attendees can leave notes of encouragement for Stacey and her loved ones.

You’ll run or walk through the beautiful paths of Dreher Park and finish the race inside the Palm Beach Zoo passing the Tiger River habitat where 2 of the Zoo’s 4 Malayan tigers reside. You’ll also run past wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots, and siamang gibbons on your way to the finish line at the fountain plaza.

Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the day and discount coupons for friends and family to see you finish and explore the Zoo for the day. And, for the first time ever, every runner/walker registered will receive a shirt. (Note: The first 650 registered will be able to pick up their shirt at a packet pickup location or at race day check-in. Everyone from #651 on will get their shirt after race day.)

The Malayan tiger is the most endangered of the 5 remaining species of tigers. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 in the wild. The Palm Beach Zoo works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), supporting species and habitat research and protection at Endau-Rompin National Park in Malaysia. A portion of each participant’s race registration fee helps fund the Zoo’s involvement with WCS.

Awards will be given in the following categories:
Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Top 3 Masters Male & Female
Top 3 Male ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Top 3 Female ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80

Ready to find your stride? It’s not too late. Registration info and prices can be found here.

Cool down and tech up by walking over to the nearby South Florida Center and Aquarium for their Palm Beach Mini Maker Fairehosted in partnership with Hacklab North Boynton.

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This Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Bring the whole family and experience DIY robotics, Soldering Workshops, 3D Printing, Drones, Live Science Demos, Glass Blowing, Local Artists and so much more.

To find out more and RSVP, click here.

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Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 832-1988

 

Drink Beer and Run 5K to Save Wildlife

Whether you are more of a sprinter or sipper, the Palm Beach Zoo has the perfect way for you to help animals with an activity that matches your personality.

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Enjoy wild animals, lush surrounding, live music and unlimited samples of craft beer from 25+ Florida breweries at this year’s Brew at the Zoo. All the beer is brewed in Florida with more than half of the participating breweries within 50 miles of the Zoo, and none more than 200 miles away.

Here’s what is included:

General Admission $35.00
6:00pm-9:00pm admission to the event inside the Zoo
Collectible sampling mug
Lanyard to hold your mug while you eat, etc.
Sampling from 25+ breweries, each with 2 or 3 brews
Great food available to purchase from local restaurants, see list below
Live music in the Fountain Plaza by The Brews Brothers
Strolling live music by The Hot Java Band trio

VIP Admission $65.00
LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE…ONLY 200!
VIP Food Sponsor at Brew At The Zoo 2016 – Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Includes all of the above
Early entry at 5:30pm
Free food in the Tropics Cafe, courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Premium beer samples not available to General Admission
Collectible t-shirt (be sure to select your ticket based on preferred t-shirt size, however, size not guaranteed)
LIve music by Andre Michaud

Designated Driver $15.00
Free water and soft drinks at the Tropics Cafe Snack Window
Live Music
Great food available to purchase from local restaurants
Designated Driver ticket purchasers PLEDGE to NOT CONSUME any alcohol during the event or prior to arrival
May enter at 5:30pm if accompanying a VIP ticket holder

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Run or Walk to help save the Malayan tiger!

The Malayan tiger is the most endangered of the 5 remaining species of tigers. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 in the wild. The Palm Beach Zoo works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), supporting species and habitat research and protection at Endau-Rompin National Park in Malaysia. A portion of your race registration fee helps fund our involvement with WCS.

You’ll run or walk through the beautiful paths of Dreher Park and finish the race inside the Palm Beach Zoo passing the Tiger River habitat where 2 of the 4 Malayan tigers reside. You’ll also run past wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots, and siamang gibbons on your way to the finish line at the fountain plaza.

Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the day and discount coupons for friends and family to see you finish and explore the Zoo for the day. Be sure to register soon- the first 500 runners registered get a free t-shirt.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Top 3 Overall Male & Female

Top 3 Masters Male & Female

Top 3 Male ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Top 3 Female ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Dancing with Cranes at the Palm Beach Zoo

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Put on your dancing shoes for the next event in the Palm Beach Zoo’s Conservation Leadership Lecture.

International Crane Foundation Co-founder, Dr. George Archibald will be appearing on January 28 to discuss his his work over the last 40 years with these beautiful and majestic birds.

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From savingcranes.org:

“In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Today, ICF has over 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 countries. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of crane diplomacy to work in sensitive places. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people.

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. In 2013, Archibald was awarded the Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the Baraboo countryside where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. for this special event – which includes a cocktail hour featuring animal experiences and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Be sure  purchase tickets in advance online. 

Spook-tacular Southend Halloween Fun at the Palm Beach Zoo

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Join the Palm Beach Zoo this October for tons of wild fun including:

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BOO AT THE ZOO
October 23 – 24 & 30 – 31 / 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
October 25 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grab your costumes and head over to the Palm Beach Zoo because BOO IS BACK! Boo at the Zoo offers fun for all ages including: costume contests, pumpkin patch, bounce house, hay stack hunt, face painting, DJ Dance parties, roving animal encounters, and so much more! Members can enjoy FREE admission to Boo during the daytime hours. This year is going to be better than ever! Register here.

Zoo Night

SPOOKY SNOOZE OVERNIGHT
October 17 – 18
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

If you think the Zoo is wild during the day, just wait until the sun goes down! Come spend the night in the Pioneer House for a fun Halloween-themed spooky snooze sleepover! Activities include: pumpkin painting, animal encounters, a night time Zoo tour, and a special spooky snack. This program is for kids aged 6 and up and requires an adult to join in on the fun! Register here.

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1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-WILD (9453) / http://www.palmbeachzoo.org

Kids Visit The Zoo Free This Labor Day Weekend

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Looking for a Labor Day activity for your little one? This weekend, kids under 13 get into the Palm Beach Zoo free with a full-price adult admission. Enjoy all the wild fun the zoo has to offer including over 700 animals from Florida, North, South and Central America, Australia, and Madagascar, shows such as Wings Over Water and the always entertaining interactive fountains. The Zoo will be open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, with the last admission ticket being sold at 4:15.

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