San Diego Zoo Lunar New Year 2023

February 4–5, 2023

Celebrate good fortune this Lunar New Year, a holiday recognized throughout many East and Southeast Asian countries. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, and those born during this zodiac year are known for being calm, agile, and prosperous.


Join us for Lunar New Year at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2023. Discover fun activities for the whole family—where we hope you’ll leave feeling inspired by the conservation work you make possible and filled with good wishes for the future!



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Lunar New Year Wishes and Good Fortune

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Asian Passage

Share your wish for wildlife and hang it on our wishing treeGet a red envelope with a gift inside, take home a special keepsake, or create your own paper cutting, a celebrated tradition for Lunar New Year, by making a paper lantern or your own pair of rabbit ears!


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Ask a Wildlife Care Specialist

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Asian Passage

Learn about iconic species—including the red panda, snow leopard, and sun bear—with exclusive opportunities to meet with wildlife care specialists and the wildlife you love.

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Discovery Cart Tours

  • Reservation required

Enjoy a 60-minute tour of the Zoo with one of our expert guides. This intimate experience gives you and your family a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite animals. Space is limited, so make your reservation ahead of time.


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Flavors of Asia

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hua Mei Café

Enjoy celebratory specialties and unique Lunar New Year menu offerings all weekend long.

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Photo Opportunities

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Asian Passage

Meet Bamboo Panda, everyone’s favorite Zoo character, and snap a selfie together commemorating your Lunar New Year celebration at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Be a Wildlife Ally

Your support helps save incredible wildlife, including tigers and red pandas through groundbreaking conservation efforts across Asia; combats illegal trafficking of orchids as well as other endangered wildlife worldwide; and protects future generations of iconic species, including orangutan families deep within the Asian rainforest.


Become an Ally for wildlife and support our Asian Rainforest Conservation Hub today.