Washington’s African American Community Gathers at the National Zoo to Celebrate a Century-Old Tradition on Easter Monday

March 30, 2011
News Release

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo will continue a Washington tradition that spans more than 100 years by hosting “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition” April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and will take place rain or shine.

This year’s celebration will include a variety of activities, featuring traditional Easter activities for families, such as an Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed games and a visit from the Easter panda. The event will also feature live entertainment, including performances by an a cappella gospel quintet, a husband-and-wife guitar and vocalist duo, a Caribbean and reggae band, a soloist and a children’s songwriter, musician and poet. In addition, the Zoo and various restaurant vendors will offer an array of delicious food.

Animal keepers will host 56 talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of animals, including cheetahs, western lowland gorillas, sloth bears, kori bustards and Asian elephants. Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to “Meet-a-Curator” in various Zoo exhibit areas.

New this year is Zoomagination Station!, a hands-on shopping experience that is engaging and fun for all age groups. This new concept features an assortment of products that allow visitors to customize their own items: from a glitzy butterfly wand to a tube filled with an assortment of PVC animal replicas. Zomagination Station! is located across from Lemur Island.

The 2011 “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition” event is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One Bank, United Airlines, WHUR Radio 96.3 FM and YellowBook.              For more information, the public may visit http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/Easter/default.cfm or call

(202) 633-3040. Parking charges apply.

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Activity Schedule

Easter Monday 2011: Celebrating the African American Family Tradition

Children’s Easter Activities (Ongoing at Great Meadow)

  • Easter egg hunt
  • Easter panda

Children’s Easter Activities (Ongoing across from Lemur Island)

  • Organized field games

Live Entertainment (Great Meadow from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Stevie Prather (12 p.m.)
  • Easter panda (12:30 p.m.)
  • Mr. Derby (1 p.m.)
  • Easter Panda (1:30 p.m.)
  • Stevie Prather (2 p.m.)
  • Easter panda (2:30 p.m.)
  • Mr. Derby (3 p.m.)
  • Easter panda (3:30 p.m.)

Live Entertainment (Lion/Tiger Hill from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Mutual Agreement (12 p.m.)
  • Michael George: The One Man Band (1 p.m.)
  • Stone & Wright (2 p.m.)
  • Steve Scott Project: Featuring Steve Scott and Leroy Greer (3 p.m.)

Additional Activities

  • Zoomagination Station! (across from Lemur Island)
  • Food court (across from Mane Restaurant)
  • Merchandise vendors

Special Keeper Talks (Various Locations throughout the Zoo)

In addition to the usual schedule of keeper talks, animal feedings and demos that take place each day throughout the Zoo, Zoo staff from a variety of exhibits will make special presentations to visitors.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Press Office

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