San Diego Zoo Lunar New Year 2024

February 17-18, 2024

Celebrate good fortune this Lunar New Year, a holiday recognized throughout many East and Southeast Asian countries. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, and those born during this zodiac year are known for being charismatic, confident, and determined.


Join us for Lunar New Year and Wild Weekend: Asia at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2024. Discover fun activities for the whole family—where we hope you’ll leave feeling inspired by the conservation work you make possible in our Asia Conservation Hub 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.
  • Treetops Plaza

Share your wish for wildlife and hang it on one of our wishing trees. Get a red envelope with a gift inside, a celebrated tradition for Lunar New Year.


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Meet a Specialist

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Various Locations

Learn about iconic species—including tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, and sun bears—with exclusive opportunities to meet with Educators or Wildlife Care Specialists and learn about the wildlife you love.

  • Sloth Bears, 10:00 a.m., Upper Center Street in Asian Passage
  • Tigers, 11:00 a.m., Tiger Trail in Lost Forest
  • Sun Bears, 11:30 a.m., Sun Bear Forest in Asian Passage
  • Asian Leopards, 12:30 p.m., Lower Park Way in Asian Passage
  • Red Panda, 1:30 p.m., Wildlife Ambassadors in Wildlife Explorers Basecamp
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Ask a Horticulturist

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Treetops Plaza

Explore the wonders of orchids and other diverse plants across dynamic landscapes. Take a deep dive into the Asian Rainforest with our team of experts to discover the vibrant and fascinating plant life thriving in these lush ecosystems.

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Chat with a Conservationist

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Treetops Plaza

Learn from experts about our Asia Conservation Hub and how your support makes collaborative conservation possible across Earth’s largest continent.

A pair of young people in bright red shirts holding paper lanterns behind craft table

Crafts for Everyone

  • Select times from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Treetops Plaza

Take home your very own dragon drum craft and participate in celebrated Lunar New Year traditions by making your own paper lantern!

hua mei cafe

Flavors of Lunar New Year

  • 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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Discovery Cart Tours

  • Reservation required

Enjoy a 60-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo with one of our expert guides, who will share stories about the wildlife we care for, and our conservation work worldwide. This intimate experience has limited availability, so make your reservation ahead of time.


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Inside Look Tours

  • Reservation required

On this special tour with wildlife experiences, an expert guide escorts you around the Zoo in a deluxe cart. Perfect for a family outing, where you’ll discover stories and sights you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Make your reservation ahead of time as spaces are limited.


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Conservation Begins With You

Share your love for Asian rainforest species and bring home a special keepsake. Your purchase helps support wildlife conservation to protect endangered species across our Asia Conservation Hub and around the globe.


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Become a Wildlife Ally

Your visit to the Zoo, and continued support as a Wildlife Ally, helps save wildlife here in San Diego and around the world. Become a hero for wildlife and support conservation with a monthly tax-deductible gift today.


tiger adoption gift package with plush animal, pin, and postcard

Wildlife Adoptions

Your symbolic adoption of a Sumatran tiger helps support critical conservation efforts that benefit our Asia Conservation Hub and other iconic wildlife worldwide.