PHILADELPHIA ZOO TO HOST WEEKEND-LONG CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Creatures of Culture Series Kicks off with a Taste of the Asian Culture
Philadelphia, PA, (April 11, 2011) - On May 14th and 15th, the Philadelphia Zoo will host a weekend-long festival showcasing the culture of Asia. The celebration, which is the first of four cultural events called the Creatures of Culture International Series, will feature authentic Asian cuisine, activities, performances and demonstrations while educating about animals found in the Zoo that are native to Asia. Creatures of Culture: Asia is free with Zoo admission, and will run from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Presented on Impala Plaza performances include Japanese Taiko drummers, traditional Korean dancers and authentic Indian dancers. Stations situated throughout the Plaza include activities that educate children on how they can help animals here and around the globe.
At the Creatures of Culture Series, guests will experience all that the Asian culture has to offer, while viewing majestic animals. Additionally, they can experience X• tink• shun: a wild puppet
x• perience, which features puppets who educate on the plight of their species.
“The Creatures of Culture Series connects visitors to conservation issues and shares how we can make a difference here and around the world,” says Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO. “It is an important series that we are thrilled to host.”
About The Philadelphia Zoo:
America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.philadelphiazoo.org. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.