Nighttime Zoo presented by Your San Diego County Toyota Dealers

Nighttime Zoo 2017 presented by Your San Diego County Toyota Dealers

Come “rock and roar” this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters, and the opening of the Zoo’s newest experience: Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks.


Bugs and Grubs with Dr. Zoolittle
Front Street Stage

10 a.m. and Noon

Discover the cool, crawly world of bugs and grubs with the always-fun Dr. Zoolittle. Our knowledgeable, zany leader of laughs will share some of his favorite many-legged friends and whet some appetites at the same time!

Villagers of Africa Rocks
Africa Rocks Stage

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. (July 1 – 4); 4–7 p.m. (July 5–August 19);
3–6 p.m. (August 20–31); 4–7 p.m. (September 1–4)

Step into a different, wonderful world as you mingle with members of this simulated African village. A variety of traditional art from music to dance and more will transport you and highlight why Africa rocks!

New Friends Rock!
Sydney's Grill

3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (June 18–30; August 20–31) 
4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)

You won’t believe the amazing acrobatic feats these trampoline artists pull off! The popular super-bouncy kangaroos are back with a fresh, exciting show—and a new friend! Who says penguins don’t “fly”?

Rock and Roar
Front Street Stage

4, 4:45, 5:30, and 7 p.m. (June 18–30; August 20–31)
(Additional 8 p.m. performance July 1–August 19; September 1–4)

Get ready to rock out to popular songs spanning decades. Don’t be shy, get your groove on and sing along—you know the words!

Funky Monkeys
Front Street Stage

4:25, 5:10, 5:55, and 7:25 p.m. (June 18–30; August 20–31)
(Additional performance 8:25 p.m. July 1–August 19; September 1–4)

These agile and exuberant dancers have some fun and fresh new moves. Their jazzy hip-hop-with-a-twist moves just might work their way into your own dance style!

The Chameleons
Various Locations

4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (June 18–30; August 20–31)
4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)

This brass band changes tunes like its namesake changes colors! From funk to Beach Boys and beyond, their musical stylings (and jokes!) are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Meet Flamingo and Rhino Puppets
Front Street

4:30–7:30 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)
4–7 p.m. (August 20–31)

See how they work and strike a pose for a special snapshot.

African Stilt Walkers
Africa Rocks

4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)
4, 5, and 6 p.m. (August 20–31)

These artists stand tall and walk the walk! Enjoy watching their astonishing skill and take pictures.

Meet the Giraffe Puppets
Front Street

5, 6, and 7 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)
4:15, 5:15, and 6:15 p.m. (August 20–31)

Get a close and personal look at our beautiful pageantry puppets. Great photo opportunity!

Dr. Zoolittle & Friends Explore Africa
Koalafornia Boardwalk

5 and 6 p.m.

Dr. Zoolittle and puppets, oh my! Our Fearless Leader of Fun has his hands his hands full as he and full as his puppet “helpers” steal the show and bring the laughs.

Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D
Northern Frontier


Scrat’s back on a hilarious time-travel adventure through history…and you’re along for all the 4-D fun!

Rio 4-D
Discovery Outpost


Zoom through the rain forest with Blu and Jewel in this special 4-D version of the popular animated film.

Front Street

30 minutes before closing
7:30 p.m. (June 18–30; August 20–31)
8:30 p.m. (July 1–August 19; September 1–4)

A remarkable musical processional of spectacular pageantry puppets, channeling the “vibe,” vitality, and diversity of life on the continent of Africa.


Costume Characters
Koalafornia Boardwalk

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join Bamboo Panda, Churchill the Polar Bear, Monty Meerkat, and our other big, beloved costume characters for hugs and pictures!

Centennial Plaza

4:30 and 6 p.m.

Grab a hula-hoop and join in the fun and games! Our emcees will help you get in the swing of things.

Children’s Zoo Keeper Talk
Children's Zoo

5 p.m.

Meet one of our special animal ambassadors from the Children’s Zoo. An enthusiastic and expert keeper will share stories and answer questions about the mystery animal.

Keeper Talk: Cheetahs are Cool!
Urban Jungle

4 p.m.

Spend some time watching a cheetah and its dog companion enjoy each other’s company as their keeper shares stories about the unusual pair.

Keeper Talk: Hippos Rock!
Lost Forest

5:15 p.m.

One of our expert keepers will share fun stories and interesting information about the hippos and what it takes to keep these huge herbivores happy and healthy.


Happy Happens at Albert's Restaurant
Albert's Restaurant

Daily, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy specialty cocktails, glasses of featured wines or beers, and items from our $6 menu. Stay for dinner and make it a special occasion. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Call 619-685-3200 to reserve your table, or visit our web page at

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