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Friends of the National Zoo is Hosting ZooFari Tonight at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zoo will Close Early and Connecticut Avenue Traffic May be Affected

The National Zoo will close early today in preparation for ZooFari (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). The lower half of the Zoo, from the Small Mammal House down, will close at noon. The outdoor giant panda exhibit will close at 2 p.m., and the entire Zoo will close at 4 p.m. Last admittance to the Zoo is at 3 p.m. Drivers may experience some traffic congestion along Connecticut Ave., NW between 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Media should enter the Zoo from the Harvard St. gate entrance and will be directed to lawn parking near the bottom entrance of the Zoo. Media who have pre-registered should check in at the lower Zoo entrance.

Guests are invited on a culinary safari to sample gourmet fare from more than 100 of the D.C. area's finest restaurants, and sip wine from 15 vintners. Tickets will be sold on-site for $150 for FONZ members and $200 for non-members. Top Chef finalists, Mike Isabella and Spike Mendelsohn, and Todd Gray of Equinox and Watershed, will host a Zoo-themed cake decorating contest. Guests can also bid on exclusive items such as behind-the-scenes tours of the Zoo at the ZooFari silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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