Press Release: 10/18/2012

Bats: Beyond the Myths and Mystery

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

Oakland, CA October 18, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:30pm, Oakland Zoo will host a zoo keeper talk focused on bats, myths, conservation, and the special care the zoo’s fruit bats require on a daily basis. This event will take place in the Zoo’s Marian Zimmer Auditorium, located in Maddie’s Center for Science and Education. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission prices start at $10.00 per person. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Lubee Bat Conservancy. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to attend a guided tour and night walk to see the Zoo’s fruit bats.

Bats: Beyond the Myths and Mystery is part of the organization’s Conservation Speaker Series. Zoo keepers will give a first-hand perspective of these fascinating creatures, including their unique biology, what they eat, and what it’s like to come face to face with a an animal that has a nearly six-foot wingspan.

“This evening will enlighten our guests about how fascinating these flying mammals are – and the incredible care our Malayan Flying Foxes and Island Flying Foxes receive at the Oakland Zoo,” said Amy Gotliffe, Director of Conservation at Oakland Zoo.

Currently, the Zoo is home to two species of male fruit bats, the Island flying fox and the Malayan flying fox. The group of bats is on loan from the Lubee Bat Conservancy, which is an international non-profit organization working with others to save fruit and nectar bats and their habitats through conservation, research, and education. Oakland Zoo’s fruit bat exhibit is the largest flying fox enclosure in the Western United States.

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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