The Amarillo Zoo rings in the new year early

Guests were able to touch animals and learn about them.

The Amarillo Zoo had their own New Year's Eve celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed refreshments, and had the chance to touch and learn about various animals at Happy Zoo Year.

The main event was their ball drop, which featured the lions.

This is the first year the zoo has done this but they hope to make it an annual event, according to Mike Boley with the Amarillo Zoo.