Press Release: 04/09/2015

Oakland Zoo Celebrates Earth Day by Hosting a Party for the Planet

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130 (510) 632-9525 ext. 122
nmora@oaklandzoo.org amy@oaklandzoo.org


Oakland, CA…On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay. From 10:00am – 3:00pm, more than fifty local environmental organizations are taking part in the child friendly festivities. The public is invited to join the party, while touring dozens of interactive Earth Stations throughout Oakland Zoo.

This Earth Day event is sponsored by Taiwan Tourism, the Heart of Asia and will include animal presentations, flying trapeze demonstrations by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland, an earth ball game, animal trivia, and live entertainment. Highlights also include a giant community art wall with Artismobilus and a mobile fish unit from East Bay Regional Park District. Guests may donate an old cell phone for a free train ride. Recycling your cell phone helps conserve the habitat of great apes in Africa.

“Humans around the globe have been celebrating their connection to and reverence of the planet for centuries,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “It makes sense that our modern society would create a day such as Earth Day: a special day set aside to appreciate and take action for our one precious planet. Earth Day has been celebrated for forty-five years and in nearly 200 countries and Oakland Zoo joins in the celebration by producing one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay. It is our pleasure to bring together our visitors and community to connect with over fifty wildlife and nature-based organizations. We hope our guests have a ball while learning that each of us truly matter, and that we can all take action for wildlife. It will be a wonderful day and a genuine party for the planet!” Besides being entertaining, this day-long event is an opportunity for families to connect with nature and their favorite animals. Action for Wildlife is at the heart of Oakland Zoo’s conservation efforts. Find out how everyone can take action to help wildlife around the planet.

All ages are welcome for a day of interactive learning and animal inspired fun. The 2015 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 2015 Schedule of Activities:

Clorox Wildlife Theater (Located in Children’s Zoo):
11.45am: Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents
12:30pm: Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents


Children’s Zoo Commons:
Animal Trivia with Oakland Zoo Teen Wild Guides
1:00pm: Jugbandits Band
2:30pm: Jugbandits Band


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:
9:00am -12:00pm: Help restore the creek with the creek crew and the city of Oakland. Meet at the entrance to the creek. Contact creek@oaklandzoo.org for more info.

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

96 Elephants
Africa Matters
Act for Great Apes
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Animal Rescue Foundation
Aquarium of the Bay
Artismobilus Art Wall
Bay Area Air Quality Management
Bay Area Puma Project
Bay Area Seafood Watch Alliance
BEAR League
Big Life
Budongo Snare Removal Project
California Academy of Sciences
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Trail at Oakland Zoo
California Wolf Center
Centre ValBio
The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education
East Bay Regional Parks Fishmobile
East Bay SPCA
Ecoloblue
Ewaso Lions
Girl Scout Troop 32899
Hungry Owl Project
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lola ya Bonobo
March for Elephants
Marine Mammal Center
Marshalls Farm Honey
Mickaboo
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mountain Lion Foundation
Mountain Yellow Legged Frog Project
Northern Light School
Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Primate Education Network
Red Panda Network
River Otter Ecology Project
San Francisco Zoo
Snow Leopard Conservancy
Savenature.org
Sonoma Birding
Stopwaste.org
Sulfur Creek Nature Center
Taiwan, the Heart of Asia
Trapeze Arts
Uganda Carnivore Program
Ventana Wildlife Society
Western Pond Turtle Project
Whole Foods - Oakland
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.