Spring has arrived in the Bay and brought with it many of our favorite things- blooming flowers, sunny and mild days, and…baby animals! The San Francisco Zoo is buzzing with activity as they welcome several new arrivals. And this year, that’s not just limited to animals! Read on to find out all of the new things springing up at the Zoo.

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Rare and Adorable
A tiny monkey made a big impression when it was born back in February. The little Francois langur monkey is native to China and Vietnam. It’s estimated there are only 2,000 of this endangered species living in the wild today, so this new little guy is a pretty big deal. You can see the Zoo’s Francois Langurs at the Thelma and Henry Doelger Primate Discovery Center.

 

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Advocating Through Art
A new exhibit opened in late March titled “Red Ivory” which shows visitors how the illegal ivory trade could one day mean the extinction of elephants. It features a 6-minute video about the repercussions of poaching and also includes things everyone can do now, to stop this devastating industry. The video runs regularly at the theater at the Primate Discovery Center and it’s free with zoo admission.

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Ingrid Turns 1
This spring has been all about giraffe baby-watching. It was a similar scene at the San Francisco Zoo just one year ago, as they awaited the birth of Ingrid. Well, she’s celebrating her first birthday this spring. Be sure to drop by and see how much she’s grown!

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The Details
The San Francisco Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo offers discounted admission to San Francisco residents who are able to show proof of residence as well as retired and active military. They also offer free days for San Francisco residents a few times a year. Visitors who arrive via Muni get $1 off admission.

Admission: $19 adults ($16-SF resident); $16 seniors ($11.50-SF resident); $13 kids 4-14 ($9.50-SF resident) and kids under 4 are free
Parking: $10
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco
Online: sfzoo.org

What’s your favorite thing to see or do at the Zoo?

— Melissa Bouse