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3 December 2018

Release: Immediate

The Joburg Zoo is ‘Staycation-ready’

If you and your family are staying put this festive season, no need to worry. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has you covered. With over 2 300 parks and approximately 10 000 hectares of green nature experiences, why not start planning for a quiet, buzz-free but jam-packed Joburg this festive season?

"Staycations" have become increasingly popular and offer the most cost-effective and time-saving alternative. The City of Joburg has abundant recreational facilities and is offering exciting activities throughout the festive season.

To encourage you and your family to enjoy a Joburg “staycation” this summer, we’ve put together a jam-packed holiday itinerary:

1. ANIMALS@PLAY: This year, the programme is themed “Christmas gifts for animals,” is an enrichment programme which aims to stimulate the animals' physical and psychological health. Animals are presented with a variety of fun activities where they search for their food in their respective enclosures, toys to play with or summer treats of frozen fruit lollies but to name a few. Date: 01 – 22 December 2018 Time: 10h00 and 13h00 at the Johannesburg Zoo.

2. MISTLETOE AND MAGIC: This upscale event kicks-off with a Christmas spirit welcome and animal demonstration. The event brings a one night of Christmas ambience with live entertainment, a Father Christmas, a kiddie’s zone, an open-air Christmas-themed movie screening, food stalls and carols by candlelight. Visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic basket, candles, blankets and camping chairs. Date: 08 December 2018 from 17h00 to 21h00 at the Johannesburg Zoo. Entry fee is R90 for adults, R55 for children between 3-12 years as well as pensioners.

3. FAMILY DAY AT THE JOBURG ZOO: Enjoy a care-free day, a great picnic vibe and mini concert on the day. Bring along your family for a day of sunshine, live entertainment, DJ’s, kiddies entertainment area, face painting, free massages and loads of fun for everyone! Date: 16 December 2018 at 11h00 to 16h00. Entrance fee is R90 for adults and R55 for children between 3-12 years, as well as pensioners.

4. “CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE ZOO TROT”. As a festive gesture of giving, the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be hosting a fun-filled morning for over 150 children aged between 3 – 12 years from various orphanages around the City. The Zoo Trot is a 5km or 10km walk or run. Entertainment varies from face-painting, jumping castles and distribution of Christmas presents. Regular zoo trotters are encouraged to donate toys, used sports equipment etc., to the children from the orphanages. Date: 09 December 2018; registration will be from 07h00 for 07h30, with the walk starting thereafter at the Joburg Zoo. The entrance fee is R60 for all other residents.

5. ANIMAL TALKS AND FEEDING SESSIONS. These activities are on-going and take place over weekends and public holidays. The festive bout of this programme is here! Date: 03 December 2018 – 14 December 2018. All activities start sharply at 09h00 – 14h00. Entrance fee is R100.

6. VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AT THE JOBURG ZOO. Children will enjoy an array of activities which include chimp feeding, snake craft activities, feeding of monkeys, Joburg Water’s Tappie Show, tiger enrichment, the Science Show – Sci-Bono’s ‘make your own solar system hat’, baboon feeding, a treasure hunt, spectacle bear and coati feeding/enrichment, colour sticker games and finally a ferry tour of the Zoo. Dates: 10 – 14 December 2018 from 09h00 – 14h00. Entrance fee is R100. Please bring along your own lunch and note that parents are not allowed to participate in the programmes.

7. KLOOFENDAL CAMP-OUT PROGRAMME: Be a happy camper at one of Joburg’s favourite camp-out sites. The Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a perfect camping spot right in the City that residents are able to enjoy – with beautiful natural surroundings, the calm of a far-off bush experience and starry nights. Book a spot for your family and friends this holiday season. This year’s programme includes a history talk, an afternoon hike, bonfire and edutainment games and a ‘planet walk’. Dates: 8th – 9th December 2018. Entrance fee is R100 for adults and R55 for children 3-12 years.

“We encourage families who will be staying in Joburg for the festive season, to visit our facilities for various family activities. The Joburg Zoo has something for the whole family. There’s no need to be bored in our City this festive season. I would also like to urge residents to take care of public spaces, and to heed the City’s by-laws so that everyone can enjoy themselves,” stated Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg.

Issued on behalf of
MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Johannesburg

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