America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College Presents — ARCTIC LIGHTS: SNOW AT THE ZOO!

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America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College will host its annual “Arctic Lights” Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 17, 2016, and Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA). The entire family is invited to share in the excitement.  The zoo will be decorated beautifully with holiday sparkles and lights throughout the park; children may play in the snow; and everyone can watch as the animals are introduced to the snow.  Guests may also shop for a few last minute gifts at the gift station and enjoy some treats from the bake sale or simply sip hot chocolate while creating crafts and playing winter-themed games.

“America’s Teaching Zoo is a very special place during the winter months,” said Kris Romero, zoo operations assistant.  “This year, select animals will be introduced to real snow every hour.  Each year we have more and more local families discovering this gem of a zoo in their own backyard and winter is ideal to enjoy the grounds.”

The entry fee is $8 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 or free for children less than 2 years of age.  Also new this year, anyone who brings a string of working LED lights will receive a free adult admission that day.  There are more than 100 animals housed at the zoo.  Animal shows are at noon and 2 p.m. and carnivore demonstrations and feedings begin at 3:30 p.m.   Behind the scenes tours are scheduled for 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.  For an extra $7 per person guests may tour the back areas and interact with some of the animals. Behind the scenes tours are limited to 15 guests. 

America’s Teaching Zoo is the only zoo in Ventura County and is the home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program started in 1971.  EATM prepares students interested in entering the expanding animal care industry. The students study zoo keeping, basic medical care, wildlife education and training using positive methods.



MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

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