2006-08-10 / Arts & Entertainment

Fun, Games & Animals At African Adventure Weekend At Bronx Zoo

Giraffes, wild dogs and lowland gorillas (at right) at the Bronx Zoo's African Plains. Visitors to the Zoo can see a bumper crop of babies, five gorilla youngsters making their exhibit debut this year.                                    Giraffes, wild dogs and lowland gorillas (at right) at the Bronx Zoo's African Plains. Visitors to the Zoo can see a bumper crop of babies, five gorilla youngsters making their exhibit debut this year. It's a celebration fit for a king at the Bronx Zoo's African Adventure weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13. Come see lions, cheetahs, zebras, and other African animals - plus enjoy music, crafts, a Curious George & trade; scavenger hunt for children, and entertainment, all free with paid admission to the park. African Adventure Weekend is presented by Bank of America with the Zoo's official media partner, the Daily News.

New this year - African wild dogs at the Zoo's African Plains. These rare canids are one of the world's most endangered carnivores. In their native range, they face habitat loss, which puts them in increasing competition with lions for prey. Zoo-goers can see these animals play in their pool and dig in a sand pit- as well as learn how our dogs are helping their cousins in the wild.

Back by popular demand - Harambee Dancers and Drummers, who first performed at the opening of the Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest in 1999. The award-winning exhibit is home to the largest breeding group of gorillas in North America as well as red river hogs, monkeys, mandrills, birds, snakes, and other African rain-forest animals.

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J. MaherWCS Throughout the Zoo, children and their parents can participate in a scavenger hunt to find six Curious George & trade; signs. Kids can turn their completed activity cards in at the Zoo Center and receive a prize (while supplies last) - as well as learn more about the new "Curious George" TV series premiering September 4 on PBS Kids.

Visitors to Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit can delight in seeing not one, not two, not three, not even four-but FIVE gorillas born within the past year! The youngest one was born to first-time-mom, Fran, on Sunday, July 9. Also, see five rambunctious red river hogs born on April 24.

Every day at the Bronx Zoo, guests can observe keepers at the World of Birds toss crickets to the bee-eaters, colorful birds from Africa, at 2:45 p.m. These skillful animals swoop down and catch the crickets in mid-air, rarely missing a tasty treat. Other African species at World of Birds include blue-bellied and raquet-tailed rollers, touracos, and golden breasted starlings. Bird lovers can also check out the original big bird at the Zoo's African Plains, where female ostrich Fantasia shares an exhibit with a group of giraffes.

Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, Bank of America's Baseball Experience will be back at the Bronx Zoo. Come by to enjoy T-ball, batting and pitching games for the kids on the Zoo's Giraffe Lawn and is open from 11:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Plus, "Spin the Wheel" for a chance to win great New York Yankees prizes. Enter the Bank of America Triple Play for a chance to win a trip to a game of the 2006 World Series or an autographed classic Yankees jersey.

The Bronx Zoo is located off the Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road and is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. For admission rates, directions and other wild information, visit online at www.bronxzoo.com.

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