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PARTY FOR THE PLANET ON APRIL 22 & 23, 2017

 

Media Contact:
Cindy Castelblanco
Office: 305-255-5551
CCastelblanco@zoomiami.org
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ZOO MIAMI CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT PARTY FOR THE PLANET ON APRIL 22 & 23, 2017

Guests will learn how to be green with conservation-themed activities for the whole family, plus fun enrichment for our animals!

Miami, FL (April 19, 2017) – During Party for the Planet, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22 & 23, Zoo Miami guests will enjoy a tree and plant show and sale by the Tropical Tree Society, plus “green” activities and entertainment for the family. Even our animals will be joining the fun with enrichment items made in our new Animal Fun Factory from recycled and natural materials.

Below is the schedule for the weekend’s animal enrichment:

April 22 & 23
11 a.m.                Black bear                                 
11:30 a.m.          Orangutan/white-cheeked gibbons                                    
12 p.m.               Sloth bear                                          
1 p.m.                 Lions                                     
1:45 p.m.           Chimpanzee                                      
2:15 p.m.           African elephants                                           
2:30 a.m.           Saki & golden lion tamarins - Flooded Forest aviary                                     
2:45 p.m.           Black rhino                                       
3 p.m.                 Giraffe

Guests can come in FREE of charge on these days when they turn in a cellphone as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. These donated cell phones will help gorillas by hopefully reducing the need for coltan – a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in Central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo's out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade.

 In the spirit of going green and saving green, Zoo Miami is also offering $5 off admission on these days in exchange for guests bringing in one gently used basketball, soccer ball, football, muffin tin or basket. This offer is limited to one item per person, and cannot be combined with offer promotional offers. These items will be reused for even more enrichment items for our animals!

This year, we are also partnering with the Ramos Boys, who are challenging fellow Miami students to help save the Everglades! Participants are being offered free admission on Saturday, April 22, as an incentive for meeting certain donation marks! Find out more at www.donate.zoomiami.org/ramosboys.

On Sunday, April 23, the Florida Youth Orchestra will be performing “Where the Wild Things Area” at the Sami Family Amphitheater.

Members and children under the age of 2 enter free to Zoo Miami. Parking is also free. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami FL, 33177. Save time, buy your tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org. More information on Party for the Planet is available at www.zoomiami.org.