Photo courtesy Christina Simmons/San Diego Zoo.

Twilight descends over the city of San Diego, the party will just be getting started at the San Diego Zoo—all summer long. Guests are invited to join in all the fun and excitement of Nighttime Zoo—an annual summertime celebration that includes toe-tapping music, fascinating animal encounters, stilt walkers, exceptional acrobatic feats and African-themed music, dance, and more.

New this year to Nighttime Zoo, starting June 30, is “Call of the Night.” This 12-minute symphony of live music, lasers, moving lights, rhythmic acrobats, fog and bubbles will astound guests and brighten Hua Mei Plaza.

Old favorites have returned, such as the phenomenal Rock and Roar band that will get guests rocking out to popular songs spanning the decades; and the Chameleons brass band. The zoo’s zany maestro of fun, Dr. Zoolitte, and the zoo characters are at it again with their “Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore Africa” show at Koalafornia Boardwalk; and the San Diego Zoo’s animal ambassadors are ready to educate and entertain during the “Wild About Animals” show at Wegeforth Bowl.

Get in the swing of summer fun during the always-popular Zoolahoops at Discovery Outpost near Wegeforth Bowl, and groove to the beat with the new Zoolamoves at the Front Street Stage.

Don’t forget to stop by Albert’s Restaurant in Lost Forest and enjoy items from the limited-time “Happy Happens” $6 and $7 food and cocktail menu from 3 to 5 p.m.; and you can always enjoy an ice-cold beverage at Zoo Brew, near the Orangutan exhibit.

Nighttime Zoo concludes with “Jambo!,” a 20-minute procession along Front Street led by the Chameleons, mixes music and pageantry of large, handcrafted puppets to channel the vibe, vitality and diversity of life on the continent of Africa.

Nighttime Zoo begins June 17 and runs through Sept. 3. Special activities get started at 4 p.m. daily. The zoo will be open until 8 p.m. June 17 through June 29 and will stay open until 9 p.m. June 30 through Sept. 3. Nighttime Zoo activities and attractions are free with zoo admission or membership.

–San Diego Zoo

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