Press Release: 04/11/2014

Oakland Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration is a Party for the Planet

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


Oakland, CA…On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Oakland Zoo will host one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay. From 10:00am – 3:00pm, with the theme, “Party for the Planet,” fifty local environmental organizations are taking part in the festivities. The public is invited to join the party, while touring over sixty interactive Earth Stations throughout the Zoo.

This Earth Day event also includes live animal presentations, entertainment by Trapeze Arts, music performances by the Jug Bandits Band, an interactive Create with Nature Zone, face painting, and giant earth ball games in the Zoo Meadow. “Earth Day fits our mission perfectly: To inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world while creating a quality visitor experience,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “What could be more inspiring than making a genuine connection with dozens of visiting organizations who work to help animals and the environment? Oakland Zoo is excited to commemorate Earth Day in a fun, fully participatory way.” Besides being entertaining, this day-long event is an opportunity for families to learn more about their favorite animals, the Zoo’s conservation efforts for each species, and how everyone can take action to help wildlife and the earth.

All ages are welcome for a day of fun, learning, and inspiration. The 2014 Earth Day event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($11.75 for children/seniors; $15.75 for adults; parking $8.00). Bring a used ink cartridge or cell phone to recycle and receive a free train ride.

Earth Day 2014 Schedule of Activities:

Clorox Wildlife Theater (Located in Children’s Zoo)
11:15am: Action for Wildlife Trivia Games
11:30am: Live Animal Encounters
12:00am: Pacha’s Pajamas Kids Show
12:15pm: Live Animal Encounters
12:45pm Jug Bandits Band Performance
1:30pm Action for Wildlife Trivia Games
1:45pm All About Pumas
2:30pm Jug Bandits Band Performance

Adventures in the Meadow
11:15am: Giant Earth Ball for Little Kids
12:00pm: Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts
1:00pm: Giant Earth Ball for Big Kids
2:00pm: Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts

Arroyo Viejo Creek
10:00am -1:00pm: Help restore the creek with the creek crew

Oakland Zoo is thrilled to welcome the following organizations to participate in a “Party for the Planet:”

96 Elephants
www.africamatters.org
All One Ocean
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Animal Rescue Foundation
Aquarium of the Bay
Bay Area Air Quality Management
Bay Localize
Bay Area Puma Project
96 Elephants
Budongo Snare Removal Project
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Wolf Center
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Circus Moves
Create with Nature Zone
East Bay CoHousing
East Bay SPCA
Eco-Viva
Go Wild Consulting
Handsome in Pink
Kids for the Bay
KQED Science
Marine Mammal Center
Marshalls Farm Honey
Mickaboo
Mickacoo
Mountain Lion Foundation
Mountain Yellow Legged Frog Project
Northern Light School
Oakland Veg
Pachas Pajamas
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Pesticide Free Zone
Project Coyote
Rainforest Action Network
Red Panda Network
Reticulated Giraffe Project
River Otter Ecology Project
Samavesha
San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance
Save the Frogs
Savenature.org
Stopwaste.org
Sulfur Creek Nature Center
Trapeze Arts
Uganda Carnivore Program
Ventana Wildlife Society
Western Pond Turtle Project
Wild Aid

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. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. 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.


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