Brenda Walkenhorst is the education director at the Audubon Zoo. According to Walkenhorst, this holiday season the Audubon Zoo is showcasing a unique, animal-themed holiday exhibit: the Audubon Zoo Lights. Made in China, these larger-than-life, illuminated silk figures depict some of the zoo’s most popular animals. Chinese artisans craft the glowing figures using the same techniques they use to create Chinese lanterns. In addition to the beautiful light displays, the zoo is offering other family activities, including the Gum Drop Hop, an Elves Crafts Workshop, and other activities for children. The zoo’s animal ambassadors will also be present to allow visitors to see some of the zoo’s animals up close. Of course, Santa will be on hand for picture opportunities.
As part of its conservation efforts, the zoo is collecting used and broken Christmas lights. The proceeds from the recycled lights will go to the “Lights for Lions” conservation effort to save big cats, including lions in Tanzania. 
Audubon Zoo Lights will run through Dec. 30.

In this podcast, Walkenhorst describes some of the animal light displays and offers details about the various family activities.