Press Release: 04/23/2016

Oakland Zoo hosts one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay

Contact:
Erin Harrison, Senior Manager, Marketing & PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 135
eharrison@oaklandzoo.org


Oakland, CA…On Saturday, April 23, 2016, 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 fun, 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, a giant earth ball game, animal trivia, and two live concerts by Asheba. Additional highlights include making beaded necklaces that help people and chimpanzees in Africa, signing thank you notes to people who help animals across the world, and creating beautiful chalk art that illustrates our love of animals. 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!

Entertainment aside, 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 2016 Earth Day event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($13.75 for children/seniors; $17.75 for adults; parking $8.00). Bring a used ink cartridge or cell phone to recycle and receive a free train ride.

96 Elephants
Act for Great Apes
Africa Matters
Ape Action Africa
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Animal Rescue Foundation
Animals Asia
Bay Area Air Quality Management
Bay Area Puma Project
BEAR League
Big Life
Budongo Snare Removal Project
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Trail at Oakland Zoo
California Wolf Center
Center or Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education
Centre ValBio
Coca Cola
Cheetah Conservation Fund
City Slicker Farms
Drawing on Earth
East Bay Municipal Utility District
East Bay SPCA
Ecoloblue
Ewaso Lions
Farm Fresh to You
Golden Gate Audubon Society
Institute of the Commons
Kaminando Connectivity Initiative
KIDS for the BAY
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Mountain Yellow Legged Frog Project
Oakland Zoo Education
Oakland Zoo ZooCamp
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Renewal by Andersen
Restore Coral
Rising Sun Energy Center
Save the Frogs!
Snow Leopard Conservancy
Solar City
Stopwaste.org
Sulfur Creek Nature Center
Taiwan, the Heart of Asia
Test Prep San Francisco
Trapeze Arts
Uganda Carnivore Program
US Fish & Wildlife
Ventana Wildlife Society
Western Pond Turtle Project
Wild Aid
Wild Equity Institute

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 the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25˘ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state's remarkable native wildlife. 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.