Oakland Zoo Hosts Cynthia Moss for Celebrating Elephants Reception, Lecture & Silent Auction

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Zoo Hosts Cynthia Moss for Celebrating Elephants Reception, Lecture & Silent Auction

Oakland, CA, May 16, 2012 On Saturday, May 19, Oakland Zoo will host a Celebrating Elephants evening presentation featuring Cynthia Moss, one of the world's leading experts on African Elephants. In 1972 Moss started the renowned Amboseli Elephant Research Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya. This is one of the longest running studies of any species of animal, and through this comprehensive long-range project, we have gathered and learned imperative information about African elephants.

"Elephants are one of the longest lived animals on the planet, so it takes years of study in order to understand these amazing beings," said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation and Research at Oakland Zoo. "The research and knowledge being uncovered through the Amboseli Elephant Research Project is vital to conservation efforts and animal keepers who take care of elephants in captivity."

Ms. Cynthia Moss will visit with guests during a reception and silent auction. She will then give a presentation in which she will share the amazing story of her life with the elephants and what she has learned about them. All proceeds raised will support Amboseli Trust for Elephants (www.elephanttrust.org). The Celebrating Elephants evening begins at 6:00pm with a reception and silent auction followed by a presentation at 7:00pm. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The cost for this event is $40 per person. For more details, please call 510-632-9525.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.
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