Press Release: 04/04/2017

Oakland Zoo Hosts One of the Largest Earth Day Events in the East Bay

Contact:
Erin Harrison
eharrison@oaklandzoo.org


Oakland, CA…On Saturday, April 15, 2017, 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 setting up booths and taking part in the family-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, visiting with the East Bay Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit, 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.

“Earth Day has been celebrated for over forty-five years and in nearly 200 countries and Oakland Zoo is proud to again be 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,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo.

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. Come 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 2017 Earth Day event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($15.75 for children/seniors; $19.75 for adults; parking $10.00). Bring a used ink cartridge or cell phone to recycle and receive a free train ride.

Children’s Zoo Clorox Wildlife Theater (Located in the Children’s Zoo)
11:00am Asheba Concert!
11:30am Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents
12:45pm Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents
1:00pm Asheba Concert!

Adventures in the Meadow
11:30am Giant Earth Ball Games for Little Kids
12:00pm Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts
1:30pm Giant Earth Ball Games for Big Kids
2:00pm Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts

Oakland Zoo is thrilled to welcome the following organizations to Earth Day:

Action for Wildlife (Oakland Zoo)
Animals Asia
Africa Matters
Asheba!
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Bear League
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Wolf Center
Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education
Cheetah Conservation Fund
CLEAR Project
Das Bus Photo Booth
Disney Nature Films
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR
Drawing on Earth: Chalk Art
East Bay Regional Parks - Mobile Fish Exhibit
East Bay SPCA
Felidae Conservation Fund
Girl Scouts of Northern California: Camp Rocks
Golden Gate Organics
Imperfect Produce
International Bird Rescue
KQED
LEWA Wildlife Conservancy
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
Mountain Lion Foundation
Oakland Zoo Education
Oakland Zoo Teens vs Trash
Oakland Zoo California Trail
Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions
Ploughshares Nursery
Project Coyote
Renewal by Anderson
Rising Sun Energy Center
River Otter Ecology Project
Seafood Watch
Snow Leopard Conservancy
StopWaste.org
Sulfur Creek Nature Center
Taiwan Tourism Bureau
Tony La Russa’s ARF
Trapeze Arts
Uganda Carnivore Program
Ventana Wildlife Society
Wild Birds Unlimited
WildAid
World Progress Now
Young Living Essential Oils
Quarters for Conservation

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.