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A unique Ventura County zoo is opening at night to host its first ever holiday lights and music show

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America's Teaching Zoo

How would you like to get festive with a light show - surrounded by animals this holiday season?

It’s a night out with a combination of festive lights and disco, at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark.

The Zoo’s Development Co-ordinator Mara Rodriguez says their animals are all ready to welcome visitors for the holiday event.

"This is the first night time event at the zoo and we are going big!" she told KCLU.

"A lot of people don't understand all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to produce an event like that and one of the things was to get the animals used to us being there at night," said Mara.

Mara said they've been playing Christmas music and getting the animals used to the light displays, ahead of opening the event to the public.

"They seem to be really enjoying it," she said. "Ira the lion is sleeping right next to his lit canopy."

Wild Lights and Disco Nights starts on Wednesday and runs for 17 nights.
Nov 24, 26th through 28th.
December 3rd-5th
December 10th & 11th
December 16th through 23rd.

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America's Teaching Zoo

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.