Oakland Zoo’s Celebrates Asian-Inspired “Moon Festival” on September 17!

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On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Oakland Zoo is hosting a traditional Asian-inspired celebratory event, the Moon Festival, for the first time at the Zoo.

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From 10:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, September 17, 2016, family-friendly activities will take place throughout Oakland Zoo to commemorate the customs of the Moon Festival with live music, lion dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, face-painting, enrichment and craft-making stations, animal encounters and a barbecue hosted by Kinder’s BBQ.

Celebrated as the mid-autumn festival in many Asian cultures, the day centers on family gatherings, paper lantern-making, and the eating of mooncakes – the special food of the festival, of which a variety of flavors will be available for purchase in the Zoo’s Adventure Landing area. Paper lantern-making stations will be in Flamingo Plaza, at the Zoo’s Main Entrance.

The Moon Festival at Oakland Zoo is sponsored by Taiwan Tourism, the Heart of Asia. Visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau booth at the Asian Sun bear exhibit to learn more about Taiwan and the traditions of the Moon Festival. Enrichment-making stations will also be set up at the exhibit for kids to make cool treats for the Sun bears.

In addition, the Entercom San Francisco cluster of radio stations including 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 The GAME, Q102.1, 98.5 KFOX and 102.9 KBLX will activate at the event providing added elements of entertainment and family fun. The radio stations activities include karaoke, various tailgating games, photo opportunities and more.
Entertainment aside, this day-long event is an opportunity for families to connect with nature and their favorite animals. Action for Wildlife is at the heart of Oakland Zoo’s conservation efforts, and Animals Asia, zoo guests how they can take action to help wildlife in Asia.

All ages are welcome for a day of animal experiences and Asian-inspired fun. The 2016 Moon Festival event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($13.75 for children/seniors; $17.75 for adults; parking $9.00).

2016 Moon Festival Schedule of Activities:

All Day:
Face-painting & temporary tattoos
Live music
Enrichment-making stations at Sun Bear exhibit
Paper Lantern Crafts
KBLX, KGMZ, KOIT and KFOX radio station booths w/ giveaways

Clorox Wildlife Theater (Located in Children’s Zoo):
11:30am - Juggling Performances by Rock Steady Juggling
12:30pm - Lion Dance Group & Martial Arts Demonstrations
1:00pm - Juggling Performances by Rock Steady Juggling
1:30pm - Lion Dance Group & Martial Arts Demonstrations

Public Animal Feedings & Enrichment:
10:00am - Elephant
11:30am - Giraffe
11:30am - Sun bear*
11:45am - Elephant
11:45am - Meerkat
12:30pm - Hornbill*
1:00pm - Siamang*
1:15pm - Otter
1:30pm - Elephant
1:30pm - Gibbon*
1:30pm - Lemur
2:00pm - Alligator
2:45pm - Elephant
3:30pm - Sun bear*
4:00pm - Elephant

ALL DAY: Special enrichment craft table at Asian Sun bear exhibit

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state’s remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information, go to: http://www.oaklandzoo.org

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