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It’s hard to believe, but the King of the Jungle is in trouble. The population of African lions is falling at an alarming rate, with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 lions left in all of Africa. Field researchers and conservationists believe the decline can be slowed and eventually reversed through community outreach and education. That’s where you come in.
On Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8, children and families in 40 villages across northern Mozambique will hold Lion Fun Days. At the Houston Zoo, Lion Fun Days activities will be a mirror image of the community outreach and education events that the Niassa Lion Project will be doing a few weeks earlier in Mozambique.
Lion Fun Days at the Houston Zoo will include meet the Keeper Talks, crafts, and games for children of all ages. The Houston Zoo’s lion keepers and volunteers will also offer a variety of Lion Fun Days souvenirs for sale including sculpture made from wire snare traps, handmade art and items from Africa, coloring books, magnets, buttons, t-shirts and more. All proceeds from Lion Fun Days sales directly benefit the Niassa Lion Project. Meet the Keeper Talk, crafts and games are included in your Zoo admission and Zoo membership.
If you want to have a part in saving the African lion, come visit the Houston Zoo on September 7 and 8 and learn how.
Lion Fun Days Schedule – All activities at the Lion exhibit
10 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
10:30 a.m. Lion conservation games
11:30 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
1:30 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
2 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk
3 p.m. Lion conservation games
Tuesday September 2, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sifaka in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters