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TASTE News Service, May 6, 2016 - Founded in Balboa Park in 1916 by Dr. Harry Wegeforth, the San Diego Zoo commemorates 100 years as one of the world's leading animal presentation facilities with a series of special events through the summer including an uproarious new Wegeforth Bowl Centennial Show filled with music, video and animal ambassadors; a new centennial-themed Bus Tour Film Experience, featuring an exhilarating cinematic look at the zoo's global conservation work to save species from extinction, and Nighttime Zoo (Jul. 19−Sep. 5), when the zoo is open late with entertainment and animal encounters, culminating in a dazzling evening procession.

In recognition of the centennial, some museums in Balboa Park offer partner exhibits about the zoo.

In March 2016, the Living Coast Discovery Center re-opened the signature exhibit, Turtle Lagoon, home to four endangered eastern Pacific green sea turtles, following a major $300,000 enhancement to the area. From now until Sep. 5, 2016, the center is showing a new wildlife exhibit, Passport to the Pacific: A Tour Around the World's Largest Ocean, which includes a variety of new animal ambassadors and interactive features that allow guests to “travel” through the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, the coral reefs of the South Pacific, the sandy beaches and mangroves of Australia, and the deserts and coastal waters of North America.

This summer, Balboa Park museums will come alive after 5:00 p.m. The new Park After Dark program adds to the evening bustle of organ pavilion concerts, dance and theater performances and restaurant activity, with numerous institutions in the park offering extended hours on select evenings from May 27–Sep. 2, 2016. The following museums will stay open until 8 p.m. on Fridays: Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum and The San Diego Museum of Art. The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will continue to offer extended evening hours on Thursdays. Special programming and discounts during these evening hours will be announced.

For more information on San Diego, visit www.sandiego.org.

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