San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance preps for 2024 Rose Parade

The organization will tell its story on a float with an ‘It Began With a Roar’ theme.

SD Zoo 2024 Rose Parade Float Rendering

This is how San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance envisions floating into 2024.

Rendering via San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) will march into the 2024 Rose Parade with a float that has a story to tell. SDZWA shared a rendering of its 55-ft, animated display with an “It Began With a Roar” theme. It showcases animals who inspired conservation efforts and helped make the zoo world-famous.

The float’s familiar furry faces include:

  • A lion, modeled after Rex, who was on display during the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. His roar is said to have inspired the San Diego Zoo’s creation.
  • A polar bear, modeled after Chinook from the zoo’s Polar Plunge habitat, used for conservation research as the species faces threats from climate change.
  • An orangutan, modeled after Karen, a Sumatran orangutan born with a heart defect and nursed to health by zoo staff.

The Rose Parade takes place Jan. 1, 2024, at 8 a.m. in Pasadena; it’ll also be broadcast on TV.