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Events And Activities At The National Zoo

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Guest Matt Olear   
Guest Matt Olear

This May, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) will once again host its annual fundraising galas, Guppy Gala and National ZooFari, to benefit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The theme of this year’s ZooFari is “Wing Ding”—A Celebration of Birds. The month’s activities also will include a special party celebrating the first birthdays of three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Zoo in May 2004. Telephone numbers for public information are included in each event’s description. Members of the public can also visit the Zoo/FONZ website at www.fonz.org for more information.

 

Tiger Cub Birthday Party — Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

On Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the National Zoo and FONZ will host a special party to celebrate the first birthdays of three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Zoo last May. The festivities, which will take place at the Zoo’s Great Cats exhibit, will include tiger-related crafts for kids, special interpretive talks by animal keepers and volunteers, a giant birthday card for guests to sign, and ice cream cake for the first 500 visitors. Zoo senior curator John Seidensticker and FONZ Communications director Susan Lumpkin will be on hand to sign copies of their most recent book, Cats: The Smithsonian Answer Book, and Starbucks will be providing refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, members of the public can visit FONZ online at www.fonz.org or contact FONZ at (202) 673-0127.

 

Guppy Gala — Friday, May 13, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Geared for children and families, Guppy Gala features live performers, family-oriented activities, educational and informational booths, and a variety of foods. Children can enjoy strolling musicians, jugglers, dancers, and costumed characters. Favorite activities include a mock construction site, rock-climbing wall, moonbounces, and an obstacle course. Created in 1994 as a ZooFari celebration for kids, the benefit has become one of FONZ’s most popular events, regularly drawing about 5,000 people. Admission is $20 for FONZ members (adults and children), and $28 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit public education programs at the Zoo. For tickets or more information, members of the public can logon to the Zoo/FONZ website at www.fonz.org or contact FONZ at (202) 633-2922.

 

National ZooFari “Wing Ding” – A Celebration of Birds — Thursday, May 19, 6:30 – 10 p.m.

 

ZooFari is a casual, exciting evening of gourmet foods, fine wines, fabulous entertainment, and dancing under the stars. Each year since 1983, thousands of attendees have gathered at this premier spring event to enjoy delicacies prepared by master chefs from 100 of the D.C. area’s finest restaurants, as well as wine served by vintners from around the world. Restaurants showcasing their epicurean delights at “Wing Ding,” ZooFari 2005, will include such perennial favorites as Equinox, Kinkead’s, Citronelle, Vidalia, and Galileo. Live music, a sweepstakes, a silent auction, and special animal encounters round out a magical evening under the stars. Admission is $120 for FONZ members and $150 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit a variety of Zoo programs, from conservation initiatives to the Zoo’s ten-year revitalization project. For tickets or more information, members of the public can visit FONZ online at www.fonz.org/zoofari.htm or contact FONZ at (202) 633-2922.

 

Lecture: Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket — Thursday, May 26, Book signing at 7 p.m.; Lecture at 7:30 p.m.

 

On Thursday, May 26, Brian Halweil of Worldwatch Institute will sign and discuss his new book, Eat Here, which documents a surging local food movement that is rediscovering homegrown pleasures and changing the way Americans eat. Guests will discover why eating local food is one of the most significant choices one can make for the planet and will also learn why local food is better for one’s health, small farmers, and the environment. The book signing begins at 7 p.m., and the lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information and to RSVP, members of the public can visit FONZ online at www.fonz.org/Lectures.htm or contact FONZ at (202) 633-4085.

 

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., a short walk from Metro’s Red Line stations at Cleveland Park and Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan. Parking is very limited; we strongly encourage attendees to use public transportation

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