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San Diego Zoo Centennial Celebration

 Giraffe At Caravan Come celebrate the San Diego Zoo’s 100th birthdayThe San Diego Zoo will have a wide variety of amazing programs in 2016 to celebrate the centennial. They include: Centennial Celebration, Centennial Theater and Bus Experience, The Lore Behind the Roar exhibit at the San Diego History Center, Centennial Community Celebration in Balboa Park, and a Nighttime Zoo.


Centennial Celebration
The birthday celebration begins with a film that shares the 10 reasons to celebrate the San Diego Zoo’s 100th birthday which leads into an exciting, brand-new animal show that incorporates special video clips and features some of the Zoo’s most beloved creatures. After the show, a new character revue will feature performances of costume characters, including Dr. Harry Lion and Bamboo Bear, on a gigantic birthday cake stage in Centennial Plaza. Guests will join ina rousing chorus of “You Belong in the Zoo” and will have the chance to dance with the characters. The celebration includes photo opportunities and a chance to indulge in freshly baked birthday cupcakes.  


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Centennial Theater and Bus ExperienceThe enhancements to the San Diego Zoo’s bus tour for the centennial include new queue graphics that featurehistorical and conservation panels as well as inspirational conservation quotes, a short film in the Centennial Theater,and a centennial-themed bus tour. Along with welcoming guests to the Zoo, the uplifting theater feature underscores San Diego Zoo Global’s vision of leading the fight to end extinction.


The Lore Behind the Roar: San Diego History Center
The San Diego Zoo’s 100 years will be highlighted in an extraordinary exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park in 2016. The exhibition is the first of its kind and showcases a unique collaboration between the History Center and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. This will be the largest exhibition in the center’s 72-year history, atnearly 8,000 square feetand it will be featured for nine months, from March 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017. The Lore Behind the Roar will tell the story of San Diego Zoo’s past, present, and future using engaging, informative displays and interactive activities.

Nighttime Zoo: Shake, Rattle, and Roar!

During the summer, the Zoo will move to a variety of different beats during our Nighttime Zoo centennial celebration. Guests of all ages will be able to “Shake, Rattle, and Roar” with a variety of live music performances and fun activities. On most Saturdays during the summer, we will celebrate a different animals birthdayincluding lion, jaguar, grizzly bear, tiger, gorilla, rhino, orangutan, and polar bear birthdays. There will be special activities for children at each party. There will also be plenty of toe-tapping, body-moving music in a variety of sounds and stylesincluding rock tunes through the decades, a brass band, and more! And this year, each evening will culminatein a centennial spectacular, featuring an amazing musical processional that highlights some of the most beloved animals in the Zoo’s history.To learn more about the San Diego Zoo’s Centennial Celebration, including how to share your Zoo memories and how to download the centennial game, visit

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