Press Release: 03/29/2013

Feast for the Beasts Event at Oakland Zoo

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA March 29, 2013

March 30, 2013 is Oakland Zoo's bi-annual Feast for the Beasts event (9:00am - 3:00pm). It also marks the public Grand Opening of a new exhibit, Animales de los Arboles, meaning animals of the trees. The new exhibit features coatis, a new species at the Zoo, and cotton-top tamarins, which are one of the most endangered animals in the world. Guests will be able to observe these two types of animals as they climb throughout their new exhibit and explore specially created enrichment their Keepers have made for them.

Besides visiting the coatis and cotton-top tamarins, guests will have the rare opportunity to donate fresh produce to the animals. The main highlight of the morning is placing produce in the elephant exhibit and watching them dine on delicious treats. The first 250 guests through the door will receive a golden ticket to enter the elephant enclosure, before the hungry herd. It’s an opportunity to spread produce throughout the exhibit and then watch the 9,000 pound animals devour their favorite snacks such as, melons, carrots, bananas, grapes, kiwi, apples, cabbage, lettuce, stalks of celery, pineapple, and other fabulous fruits and vegetables. Each person who donates produce will also receive a free ride ticket.

**Media Advisory: The best video and photo opportunities will be between 9:30am and 10:30am at the elephant exhibit.**

During Feast for the Beasts, guests can learn more about curious coatis and why cotton-top tamarins are one of the most endangered animals in the world. Other highlights of the day include animal feedings throughout the day.

Feeding Schedule for Saturday, March 30
• 9:45am Elephant Spread
• 10:15am Elephant Spread
• 10:30am Elephant Feeding
• 11:00am Bat Feeding
• 11:30am Giraffe Feeding
• 11:45am Meerkat Feeding
• 12:15pm Baboon Feeding
• 12:45pm Tiger Feeding
• 1:15pm Otter Feeding
• 1:30pm Lemur Feeding
• 2:00pm Alligator Feeding
• 3:00pm Coati Feeding
• 3:30pm Sun Bear Feeding

The Feast for the Beasts event is included with regular Oakland Zoo admission:
• $11.75 for children (2-14) and seniors (65+),
• $15.75 for adults.
• Children under age 2 and seniors 80 years of age and older are FREE.
• Parking is $8.00 per vehicle.

About Coatimundi (Coati):
Coatimundi, also known as coati for short, are omnivorous mammals that eat fruit, insects, and eggs. They are related to and greatly resemble the raccoon family with their bushy tails and long snouts. Coatis are originally from Central and South America and inhabit mostly forest environments. This mammal is active during the day and will sleep in trees during the night.     

About Cotton-top Tamarins:
The cotton-top tamarin is among the smallest species of primate, weighing in at only one pound. This monkey gets its name from the fluff of white fur seen on their head and shoulders. Tamarins can be found in forest habitats in Central and South America. The cotton-top tamarin is diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day, and will rest safely in the treetops at night. Don’t be fooled by the size of this primate, for they are capable of delivering a very loud territorial song or songs when excited. Due to the destruction of natural habitat, the cotton-top tamarin is critically endangered.

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.


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