18 November 2010: Nickelodeon TV phenomenon Dora the Explorer and her monkey friend Boots – making his very first live appearance in South Africa - will be visiting the Johannesburg Zoo from 11- 22 December to perform exclusive sing-alongs for their fans.
The sing-alongs will include Dora and Boots’ special renditions of Dora’s signature songs, favourite nursery rhymes and a special Spanish version of Happy Birthday, courtesy of Sony Music. Dora and Boots will perform at 17h30, 18h30 and 19h30 during the Fiesta period.
Dora’s Birthday Fiesta takes place during the Zoo WildLights, when the Johannesburg Zoo is open at night from 17h00 to 21h00. The zoo becomes a magical wonderland with the Tree of Light and tableaus of popular fairytales lit up with thousands of fairy lights. Families who visit the Johannesburg Zoo during Wildlights period are also treated to sightings of the zoo’s amazing nocturnal wildlife including a unique dwarf crocodile.

There will also be fantastic Dora products to buy including CDs, tee- shirts, toys and accessories. The pre-school phenomenon, loved globally by kids and parents alike, is celebrating her 10th year. This feisty TV explorer can be seen every day on Nickelodeon (DStv Channel 305) at 06h00, 10h30 and 11h00am.

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Dora The Explorer’s CD range is available at selected music stores nationwide.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About the Nickelodeon CD Range

SONY MUSIC presents Dora The Explorer available for the first time in SA on CD! What better music to sing along to in the car than your favourite TV character singing all your favourite songs! The following albums are currently available at Look and Listen stores:
1. Dora The Explorer ‘Party Favorites’
2. Dora The Explorer 'Dora The Explorer'
3. Dora The Explorer 'Dance Fiesta'
4. Dora The Explorer 'World Adventure'
5. Dora The Explorer 'Sleepytime Lullabies'
6. Diego, Dora & Friends 'Animal Jamboree'

About Johannesburg Zoo
Johannesburg Zoo is a popular visitors’ attraction in Parkview. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk and picnic in the large gardens of the zoo, among lush, colourful flowers and trees; one can enjoy the freshness of open spaces and floral aromas, surrounded by animals from all over the world. The zoo’s animal collection consists of 1868 animals- 365 species from seven animal classes whilst its plant collection consists of beautifully maintained public gardens, including specifically the Medicinal garden, Herb garden and Rose gardens. During the forthcoming festive season, the zoo will be a hub of activities, offering a range of fun outdoor activities to keep both the young and old busy in a tranquil and safe setting. The activities will include Zoo Holiday programme, WildLights, Festive programme, Family days and Tours.

For further information or imagery please contact:

Alison Reid
Nickelodeon Africa
Tel: +33 385 300 636
Tasania Parsadh
Nickelodeon Africa
Tel: +27 11 482 2900

Loren Drakes
SONY Music
Tel: +27 11 274 5000

Letta Madlala
Johannesburg Zoo
Jan Smuts Avenue
Parkview 2193
Tel : +27(0) 11 646 2000 ext 225
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