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Black Rhino Birth at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Black Rhino Baby Takes Charge at  San Diego Zoo Safari ParkA 6-day-old black rhino stayed close to his mother last week at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park while running around and exploring the exhibit. The male calf, born on Saturday July 12, marks a significant birth, since black rhinos are a critically endangered species with approximately 5,000 left in the wild.

“Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” said Julie Anderson, a keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.”

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The Purge: Anarchy Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Purge Anarchy scarezone HHN imageAs the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.

“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”

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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2014 Premium Event Booking

Sweet Treats at Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalFoodies and festival fans can fire up their phones at 7 a.m. on July 31, 2014, to begin booking premium events slated for the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 19-Nov. 10. During this year’s 53-day food, wine, beer and cocktail extravaganza – Epcot’s longest food and wine festival ever — guests can choose from a variety of special culinary and beverage programs like the popular Party for the Senses grand tasting experience and the new “Boot Camp Series” epicurean adventure. These special events have proven to be extremely popular and availability is limited. Guests can book:

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Making Monsters Panel Announced for ScareLA 2014

makingmonstersHalloween fans are in for a huge treat during ScareLA 2014! On Saturday, August 9th, representatives from four major theme park Halloween events will take to the stage together to discuss the behind-the-scenes logistics of creating an army of undead to unleash each night here in Southern California! Titled “Making Monsters“, this unique panel will feature the individuals who oversee the makeup operations for Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!

This is an unprecedented collaborative presentation that for the first time, sees Southern California’s major theme parks coming together as a collective group to share stories, ideas and engage fans in a Q&A session from the same stage.

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New Experiences Revealed for Dark Harbor 2014

QM_2014DH_VoodooThe Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will once again rise from the depths of a rich, haunted history to frighten those who dare October 2 through November 2. This year’s Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil a spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new The Voodoo Village, and an Exclusive Encounter on board the infamous ship. Beloved veteran characters including The Ringmaster and all grotesque spirits of the Queen will make a chilling return for 20 nights of delightful terror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

The two new death-defying mazes will take guests through never before visited areas of the ship and will replace the former Hellfire and Containment mazes. Details of each new terrifying maze will be unveiled in the months leading up to the October 2 Dark Harbor opening. Half Hatch Harry will once again emerge from the Deadrise maze, the infamous Captain will return to haunt the Dark Harbor grounds, and The Ringmaster will host the most frightening show on earth at The Circus, located in the outdoor dome just off the ship.

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Kiven, Caroline D’Amore Headline Roaring Nights LA Zoo

GL-RNKvKiven, the multi-faceted rock band described by Entertainment Weekly as “a remarkable marriage of furious prog-metal and grooves,” and DJ Caroline D’Amore headline the second of three dates in the Los Angeles Zoo’s ROARING NIGHTS summer music series on Friday, July 25, 2014, 7 to 10 pm, featuring a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to Zoo’s new Rainforest Of The Americas plus other animal habitats. Also part of Roaring Nights is a popular “Animal Artistry Paint Party” at which guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Complimentary bicycle valet service provided by Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and plentiful parking are available for the series, open to ages 18 and up. One more Roaring Nights evening takes place with an all-different lineup on Friday, August 22. KCRW is the Roaring Nights series Media Sponsor.

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3D Tech Used to Aid California Condors & Other Endangered Species

1 (1)A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that, for the first time, combines 3-D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species. One aspect of the study focused on learning more about the range and movements of the California condor using miniaturized GPS biotelemetry units attached to every condor released into the wild.

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Discovery Cove Receives Top Honor From TripAdvisor

Freshwater_Oasis_2For the second consecutive year, Discovery Cove in Orlando was named the No. 1 amusement park in the world in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks category. The Travelers’ Choice awards are determined based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Discovery Cove receives top ratings based on the guests’ awe-inspiring encounters with exotic animals in a resort-style, tropical oasis setting.

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Disneyland Resort 59th Anniversary Facts & Figures

DisneylandOn its 59th anniversary, the Disneyland Resort celebrates a rich heritage of magic happening every day plus the excitement of the upcoming Diamond Celebration in 2015. Since 1955, the Disneyland Resort has grown from a single park to a world-class, family destination resort with two renowned theme parks, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. This magic kingdom is continually evolving and expanding. Disney Princesses recently found a new home with the creation of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park, and new characters joined the fun in 2012 with the addition of Cars Land to top off the five-year expansion of Disney California Adventure Park.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Announced for 2015

7_14_DLR_9001jpg-2When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Today, as the Disneyland Resort celebrates its 59th anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. And in the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

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