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Around the globe at Wild World Weekend

Traditional dance, music, demonstrations and more at a two-day cultural heritage festival on July 28 and 29.

WHAT:
Travel the globe at the third annual Wild World Weekend, a two-day cultural heritage festival at Zoo Atlanta, on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. The event will highlight the dynamic cultures and rich biodiversity of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas with special live performances, family activities, demonstrations and more.

Saturday, July 28: Get into the spirit of Bollywood with Moksha Dance, and be transported to Indonesia and Africa through dance by Sanggar Lestari Indonesia and Giwayen Mata. See stories come to life with the music and movements of Alma Mexicana Atlanta, and be part of an interactive Flamenco presentation by Calo Gitano Atlanta.

Sunday, July 29: Enjoy a special “Dragon Dance” and Kung Fu demonstration from Chien Hong School of Kung Fu. Learn some new steps from ¡Flamenco! Presented by Berdolé, and dance along with the upbeat sounds of Mountain Top Polka Band. Feed your imagination with the music makers and storytellers of Kuumba Storytellers, and feel the island breeze with the melodies of steel drum performers. New in 2018: Enjoy authentic dances by Rosa Bulgaria Atlanta.

On both days of the event, try an ancient art form with origami and paper crafts from The Japan-America Society of Georgia, and hear the tales of local storyteller Deborah Strahorn.

World Tiger Day on Sunday, July 29: Zoo Atlanta will also observe World Tiger Day during Wild World Weekend on Sunday, July 29, with family activities from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Highlights will include a special Tiger Keeper Talk at 11 a.m.; an opportunity to take a pledge for tiger conservation action; and activities focused on tiger adaptations.

All Wild World Weekend and World Tiger Day activities are free with general admission; free for Zoo Atlanta Member and children under 3. Visit here to plan your weekend, and check the Zoo Atlanta map for activity locations.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29; World Tiger Day is Sunday, July 29.

WHERE:
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315

CONTACT:
Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office
404.309.2238 – cell
rdavis@zooatlanta.org

Gavin Johnson, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office
gjohnson@zooatlanta.org

ABOUT:
About Zoo Atlanta
Viewed as one of the finest zoological institutions in the U.S. and a proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Zoo highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, a set of twins born to Lun Lun on September 3, 2016; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, featuring more than 70 species in a 111,000 square-foot complex, is the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian exhibit. The Zoo’s newest experience, Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente, opened in March 2017. Up-close-and-personal animal experiences include behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, African lions, Aldabra giant tortoises, giant pandas and lemurs. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife presentations, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

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