Two Different Live Shows

California Tales

Regular performances daily at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Performances at noon and 2 p.m. during Boo at the Zoo, and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Take photos with Tiny, Duncan, and other cast members immediately following the shows! Performances held at the outdoor Rolling Hill Stage and are free with Zoo admission. Audience seating is on a grassy hillside; no reserved seating.

Performances are subject to change; check the daily schedule at Admissions for updates. Shows are canceled in the event of rain.

“California Tales: Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies”

Eight-foot-tall grizzly bear Tiny and his animal puppet friends are back for a new show based on a Native American myth from the Tewa Nation, one of the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest deserts.

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“Dino Doc” Returns

The Zoo’s three high-tech dinosaurs star in live stage show “Dino Doc” this summer, with some help from kids from the audience. These volunteer “doctors” listen to the sick dinosaur’s heartbeat and conduct other tests, just like the real Zoo veterinarian.

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Performances weekends at noon 1:30, and 3 p.m.

Live Show

“California Tales: Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies”

Eight-foot-tall grizzly bear Tiny and his animal puppet friends are back for a new show based on a Native American myth from the Tewa Nation, one of the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest deserts.

In “California Tales: Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies,” Raven and Turtle get hilarious revenge on trickster Coyote by using butterflies, a salt lick, and…find out the rest at the show! This ancient story, enjoyed for generations, still delights the children of today. The trickster himself reveals the real animal behaviors that inspired this enchanting tale.

Children and other audience members are encouraged to participate in the show, and to meet the animal characters after the show.

All the animal characters in the California Tales show were created by the Chiodo Brothers, the same special effects wizards who made the Zoo’s popular dinosaurs Duncan the T.rex, Lily the Parasaurolophus, and Tulip, a baby Triceratops.

Live Show

“Dino Doc” Returns

Does Lily have a cold? The nine-foot-tall duckbill has been sneezing a lot!

The Zoo’s three high-tech dinosaurs star in live stage show “Dino Doc” this summer, with some help from kids from the audience. These volunteer “doctors” listen to the sick dinosaur’s heartbeat and conduct other tests, just like the real Zoo veterinarian.

A hit when it debuted in 2013, the show has been revamped with new fun facts and even more fun antics by Lily, Duncan the T. rex, and baby Triceratops Tulip.