Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia,” a free event Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.
“ZooFiesta” will also feature the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert series, which is made possible, in part, by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Visitors have an opportunity to meet Zoo scientists who are working to save native species and learn about their research.
Animal keepers will host talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of animals native to the region, including Andean bears, sloths, giant anteaters, golden lion tamarins, Panamanian golden frogs and more.
Experts from the American Bamboo Society and World Bamboo Organization will be on hand with interactive activities and to talk about the indigenous bamboos throughout the Americas.