The National Zoo presents first-ever ZooLights

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Animated light display shines at premiere

By MICHAEL HAMNER
Observer Staff

Friends of the National Zoo is hosting its first-ever ZooLights winter event this year.

The zoo walkways are lined with 47 light sculptures made of environmentally friendly light-emitting diodes, which use about 90 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. Many of the displays are animated and several reproduce the animals’ sounds or calls.

The larger-than-life displays highlight many of the species the zoo is dedicated to conserving, including  the giant panda, Asian elephant, Kori Bustard (a large terrestrial bird),  the tiger and golden lion tamarin.

In addition to the light displays, the zoo features both musical and theatrical performances as well as family-oriented educational events.

The event began Nov. 28 and will run until Dec. 30, Wednesday through Sunday from 6-8:30 p.m.

A complete schedule of events, admission information and directions to the zoo  can be found on the ZooLights Web site.


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