The Zoo’s Jacob and Navajo Churro sheep and two alpacas will go from wooly to bare. It will be shear fun for everyone!
Children and guests will see the Zoo’s Chief Sheep Shearer, David Melcon, in action, as he shaves each sheep from head to toe. David has sheared sheep at the San Francisco Zoo for more than a decade and is a master at his craft.
Friends of the barnyard will demonstrate the wonders of working with wool through spindle spinning demonstrations, needle felting, and scarf weaving. Visitors will also have a chance to spin the wool and enjoy a variety of other activities taking place at the Zoo’s Family Farm.
The San Francisco Zoo will send the wool to a Native American Reservation where it will be used for traditional weavings. This helps ensure the culture and rituals of weavings among the Native American tribes continues.
Zoo Members will have an exclusive Members’ only preview event on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meet the Chief Sheep Shearer and enjoy a fun interactive art activity – make your own sheep using real wool.
Where: Children's Zoo Family Farm (at the SF Zoo)
When: Saturday, May 7 from 10:30-1
Cost: free with admission