Photo: An enthusiastic crowd of more than 550 people gathered at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, donned hand puppets and acted out a story about Dr. Harry Wegeforth and the founding of the San Diego Zoo in 1916. The record-setting performance, which was officially achieved by 508 participants, was part of the Centennial Community Celebration hosted by San Diego Zoo Global in Balboa Park as a thank you to the San Diego community for their years of support.
The Guinness World Records world record for the Largest amateur puppet show was set by a total of 402 puppeteers from Cockington Primary School (UK), who working 463 puppets performed the production of the puppet show based on the Mayan myth Hurucan and the Feathered Snake, at the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, Devon, UK, on 16 July 2003.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest marionette; it was the mascot to Ottawa’s Ital-Fest measuring 17 m 82 cm (58 ft 5.5 in) in height and was presented by the Villa Marconi Long-Term Care Center during the annual Ital-Fest in Ottawa, Canada, on 6 September 2008.
The record-setting performance, which was officially achieved by 508 participants, was part of the Centennial Community Celebration hosted by San Diego Zoo Global in Balboa Park as a thank you to the San Diego community for their years of support.
The hand puppets depicted a lion with a colorful mane, featured in the logo created for the Zoo’s centennial. The puppets were designed with a “roaring” mouth, and each puppet was embellished with glued-on accessories that included a birthday party hat, sunglasses, or a bow tie.
A 50-piece orchestra, accompanied in parts by a 130-person choir, played an all-original musical score composed to represent each animal species featured in the show. Ten different habitat scenes were projected onto the walls of the pavilion during the performance, providing a stunning backdrop for the featured animal puppets.