Film Screening at Oakland Zoo
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Nicky Mora, Senior Marketing Manager/PR
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Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director
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Oakland Zoo Film Screening: The Elephant in the Living Room
Oakland, CA, Thursday, November 17, 2011…
Beginning at 6:30pm, the Oakland Zoo
The Elephant in the Living Room. The 2010 documentary focuses on
the exotic pet industry and is a timely topic about what can happen when people own wild animals and try to make them pets. "Screening this film was inspired by the unfortunate incidents in Ohio,
and the Oakland Zoo's own act of compassion to provide a forever home for four ex-pet tigers. It is the role of the Zoo to provide the public with insight into issues around the well-being and
conservation of wild animals, and we are proud to share this remarkable film," said Amy Gotliffe, Oakland Zoo Conservation Director.
The film screening will also include special guest, Warden William O'Brien from the California Department of Fish and Game.
Film Screening: Thursday, November 17
Time: 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Film
Location: Oakland Zoo's Marian Zimmer Auditorium
Admission: $12, proceeds benefit the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Elephant in the Living Room
takes viewers on a journey inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most
dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary story of two men
at the heart of the issue - an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and a man who struggles to raise two African lions that he loves like his own family. The
lives of these two men collide when a male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo
is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.
offers many educational programs
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. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.
The East Bay Zoological Society has managed and operated both the Zoo and surrounding Knowland Park for the City of Oakland since 1982. Under its management,
the Oakland Zoo presents an award-winning experience for visitors, fosters knowledge and understanding of animals and the environment through educational
programs, and has earned national awards and international acclaim for its animal management and endangered species programs. Over the years, exhibit by
exhibit, the Oakland Zoo has been reinvigorated and revitalized, making it a place where animals thrive and visitors enjoy. For more information, please
visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.