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Snow Monkey Hot Tub – Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo Snow Monkeys enjoy their “Hot Tub”, much as they do the volcanic baths that keep them warm in their native Japan.

Central Park Grizzlies Debut at the Zoo

Betty and Veronica, the Central Park Zoo’s newest inhabitants make their official debut today.  They’ve been busy  exploring all the nooks and crannies of their new home, a radically redesigned enclosure that once housed Gus, the Zoo’s beloved polar bear who died in 2013.  Visitors who were accustomed to Gus’s endless lap swimming — the aquatic equivalent of pacing — are in for a treat. These bears are social, engaged and, considering that it’s winter, pretty active, in a lumbering sort of way.

Central Park Zoo’s snow leopard cub enjoys its first snow day

Despite frigid temperatures Central Park Zoo’s adorable snow leopard cub, 6-month-old Malala, ­enjoyed the light dusting of snow that blanketed Manhattan.   She and her mother were among many Gotham dwellers who were in awe of the picturesque powder that hit the East Coast Tuesday, marking the first snowfall of 2015.  But the beauty of the fluffy flakes will  fade for New Yorkers thanks to the icy winter winds. New Yorkers should prepare to bundle up as temps are expected to stay below 25 degrees with the possibility of snow through Saturday.  Today is expected to be the coldest one this week, with weathermen predicting a high of only24 degrees.

Sip For The Sea Benefit at the Central Park Zoo

THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY hosts its first SIP FOR THE SEA benefit to support the New York Aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. SIP FOR THE SEA features pairings of sustainable wines from The Hess Collection with sustainable seafood and other special offerings from some of New York’s top restaurants. This signature event will be a festive evening and an opportunity to learn about the importance of marine conservation in the waters around New York.

Holiday Magic in the Heart of Central Park

Sea Lion

The holidays are right around the corner and the Central Park Zoo is celebrating the season with Winterfest – a holiday celebration that includes special performances, holiday lighting displays, and presents for the animals. During the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17) the zoo will stay open until 6:30 p.m. inviting visitors to stroll through the zoo and enjoy thousands of white lights, theater performances, and presents to the animals.

Lights and festive greenery line the pathways to winter-themed activities. At Winterfest, the polar bear and penguins will receive presents filled with their favorite treats including fish-sickles and fruits. Animal keepers and zoo guides will be available to talk to guests about the animals and answer questions.

Polar-themed performances by WCS’s Wildlife Theater and live animal encounters in the Zoo Gallery will headline this year’s Winterfest activities. Families can also make a special winter craft to take home.
The Central Park Zoo’s 4-D Theater will be showing The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience is based on the film
from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D Experience from BBC
Earth.

For a break from the chilly air, the Central Park Zoo’s Tropic Zone is a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Home to
tropical birds, lemurs, and more, it is the perfect place to take a break from the cold.
The Dancing Crane Café will be serving holiday treats, hot chocolate, and other festive fare. The Zootique will be
offering holiday discounts and is the perfect place to find wild gifts.

Winterfest Schedule: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.
2-6 p.m.-Wildlife Theater performances on the hour in the Zoo Gallery
2:30-5:30-Live Animal Encounters on the half hour in the Zoo Gallery
2-6:30 p.m. – Crafts in the Zoo Theater Classroom
3:15 p.m.-Presents to the penguins
5:30- Presents to the polar bear
Special Performances and Meet and Greet:

December 10 – If You Really Love Polar Bears – performance by Making Books Sing. 2 and 3 p.m. in the Zoo
Gallery
Dec. 18 – Sprout TV – Super Why and Character appearances at 2:00 in the Zoo Gallery.
Contact:
Sophie Bass: 718-265-3428; sbass@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli – 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

Charles A. Dana Discovery CenterCelebrate the beginning of the winter season with free programming throughout the Park.

Each December, the Central Park Conservancy marks the beginning of winter with the Women’s Committee’s annual Winter Holiday Lighting of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (pictured), followed by a variety of free programming. Enjoy ornament-making crafts, solstice stargazing, Kwanzaa celebration, an interactive winter sword dancing performance, and lots more

Social Hour: Ornament Origami
Thursday, December 15
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dana Discovery Center
Fold paper ornaments you’ll treasure forever at this ornament-origami workshop with author and famed origami genius Sok Song.  Ages 18+

Kwanzaa Celebration for Families
Friday, December 16
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dana Discovery Center
Celebrate the harvest, family, community and culture by crafting a work inspired by nature and African art. Co-presented with the Museum for African Art.

Solstice Stargazing
Wednesday, December 21
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Belvedere Castle
Celebrate the first day of winter! View the night sky as guided by the Amateur Astronomers Association. Bring your own binoculars if you have them; telescope provided. Ages 10+

 Winter Holiday Crafts
Thursday, December 22
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chess & Checkers House
Capture the smell of the winter holiday season through a fun paper gingerbread craft.

Evergreen Craft
Thursday, January 19
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Chess & Checkers House
Learn about the evergreen trees and shrubs that keep Central Park looking beautiful in winter while crafting your own wintery landscape.

Ice Festival @ Tavern
Saturday, February 11
11:00 – 3:00 pm
Tavern on the Green
Watch master carvers from Okamoto Studio turn blocks of ice into Central Park icons. Fun family activities will be offered.

Sword Dancing Family Performance
Saturday, February 18
1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Dana Discovery Center
Be Amazed by dancers who weave swords into complex configurations as part of this ancient winter celebration.

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