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OKC ZOO's ANNUAL EARTH DAY IS GLOBAL CELEBRATION - 2013

Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/19/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       April 19, 2013

 

CONTACTS:  Candice Rennels (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]

                     Tara Henson (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]

 

OKC ZOO’S ANNUAL EARTH DAY IS A GLOBAL CELEBRATION

       The Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet™ promises to be a family-fun celebration of Earth Day, emphasizing ways to care for and preserve our amazing planet. The event will be Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. And what would a party be without gifts? The Zoo is giving families an Earth Day discount by designating Sunday, April 21, as a Kid’s Choice Day! On a Kid’s Choice Day, kids can bring an adult to the Zoo for free. For the price of a regular child admission (ages 3 to 11), an adult admission is free. No other discounts apply.

       Each year more than 100 accredited zoos through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, including the Oklahoma City Zoo, join together to celebrate Party for the Planet™ on or around Earth Day. With activities, giveaways and special events designed for kids and families, Party for the Planet™ is North America’s largest Earth Day celebration!

       What does the Zoo have planned for you? Free activities include live entertainment, Keeper Connections, an “I Spy” Zoo Safari for children ages 11 and under sponsored by Dr Pepper, and other Earth Day activities. Enjoy performances from All American Martial Arts at 11 a.m. and the Columbus Hispanic Folkloric Dancers from Columbus Enterprise Elementary School at 11:30 a.m. Kids will be encouraged to participate in the Dr Pepper “I Spy” Zoo Safari by finding clues on Zoo grounds in order to collect prizes in the Guest Relations’ office. Dr Pepper Zoo Safari details can be found at www.okczoo.com.

       From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Zoo will be the host location for the 88.9 K-LOVE "Show Us Your Shoes" event in partnership with Shoes for Orphan Souls. The public is invited to drop off pairs of new shoes to donate to children in need and enter to win prizes.

       At 2 p.m. in the Global Plaza, the Zoo and Dr Pepper will announce the winners of the 2013 Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest and the winning artwork will be unveiled. Each year, Oklahoma students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit a vending machine design based on a conservation theme. This year’s theme was “I spy water wonders.” The Zoo received nearly 900 entries from schools across the state. Grand prize winners will also be awarded $500 in tuition or school supplies courtesy of First Security Bank and Dr Pepper.

       Throughout the day, guests can enjoy free Keeper Connections that will take place on Zoo grounds, weather permitting. These short presentations by Zoo keepers are a great way for kids and adults to learn about their favorite animals, connect with wildlife, and learn how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve the Earth’s natural resources. Sunday’s Keeper Connections times are as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m.       Cheetah (exciting lure run!)
  • 10:30 a.m.       Galapagos Tortoise at Island Life
  • 11 a.m.            Red Pandas
  • 11 a.m.            Birds/Parrots at Great EscApe’s observation tower
  • 11:30 a.m.       Elephant Presentation at the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:15 p.m.         Elephant Presentation at the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.         Birds of Prey (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Great Apes (rotating conservation chats)
  • 2 p.m.              Lower Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.         River Otters at Big Rivers, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Indian Rhino

       Come on! Let’s celebrate planet Earth! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages three to 11, and $5 for seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.  Parking is free. Become a Zoo fan at facebook.com/okczoobg, follow us on Twitter @okczoo and become a ZooFriends member at zoofriends.org. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.

 

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