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Urgent! Action needed to save the vaquita

AZA-Accredited Aquariums and Zoos Announce $1 Million to Support Heroic Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita Porpoise World’s most endangered marine mammal likely to go extinct without immediate action Silver Spring, Maryland (April 4, 2017)  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and over 100 of its members have pledged over $1 million […]

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World Giraffe Day

Join us for World Giraffe Day at the NEW Zoo on June 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities include free behind-the-scenes tours of the Giraffe Barn (from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.), face painting, bounce house, kids’ coloring contest, giraffe-themed handmade craft sales (including some paintings done by our giraffes!), and a chance to get up-close and personal with Hodari and Zuri on their very own special day! Learn more about the conservation efforts underway in Africa and feel good about helping the NEW Zoo and Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) help wild giraffes! All proceeds from the day’s Giraffe Feeding Experience, craft table sales, and 10% of any giraffe items sold in the gift shop will be donated to GCF to help SAVE GIRAFFES!

World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year! Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these amazing and much loved animals, but an annual event to raise support, create awareness, and shed light on the challenges giraffes face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day (WGD), you directly help save giraffes in Africa. With only 90,000 giraffes remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!  Visit www.giraffeconservation.org to learn more.


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#NotaRule Tour here July 1st

We’re pleased to announce that the #NotARule Tour is coming to the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park on July 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event will take place during our Wild Wednesday half-price admission time frame, so anyone who visits during the event can enjoy half-priced admission into the zoo.  Author of the new book, Penguins Can’t Fly +39 Other Rules That Don’t Exist, Jason Kotecki, will be on-site for book signings, complete with fun activities for families to enjoy.  There will be books available in the Paws & Claws Gift Shop for visitors to purchase, and all proceeds from the book sales will support the zoo’s conservation efforts. 

The 2015 #Notarule Tour is a curious cavalcade of unusual events united in the purpose of helping people break rules that don’t exist. Fueled by the message of Jason Kotecki’s new book from St. Martin’s Press, Penguins Cant Fly +39 Other Rules That Dont Exist, this is one unconventional book tour.

“This is not a traditional lame and boring book signing,” says Kotecki, who is also an artist and professional speaker. “Our goal is to take the focus off the author and tell a better story by creating a fun and memorable experience that gives guests opportunities to break a bunch of rules with their friends and family.”

Some of the rule-breaking activity stations that will be featured include:

“Thou Shalt Act Thine Age:” A photo booth where attendees are encouraged to take pictures after dressing up using silly hats and props.

“Thy Cookies Shalt Be Beautiful:” Featuring bakery-made penguin-shaped sugar cookies, where attendees will be invited to decorate a cookie (ugly) with nasty colored frostings and sprinkles.

“Thou Shalt Not Draw on Thy Children:” Attendees will be invited to use washable markers to draw mustaches on their children or each other!

The event is free with zoo admission.

For more information, visit www.RulesThatDontExist.com.

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Girl Scout Day, Saturday, June 6th

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Girl Scout Day event.

The Girl Scout Day event is a day when scouts of any age can visit the zoo and enjoy “extra” educational and fun activities in our Classroom.  These activities are free with zoo admission.  No registration is required for the event.  Every zoo visitor is welcome to participate in the activity stations, many of which will be focused on water and ocean conservation issues, in honor of World Oceans Day, which is held annually on June 8th.

Activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Education Classroom, located inside of the Education & Conservation Center building. Activities will be varied, but examples include things like games and crafts that children can participate in while learning something about water/ocean conservation.  There will be at least one station “geared towards” at least one of each girl scout age group, from Daisies to Juniors; however, all stations will be available for all ages, and visitors do not have to be scouts to participate in these fun and educational activities.  Activity stations will allow scouts to check off requirements for different badges.  Handouts will be provided in the Education Classroom with more details.

The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the Adventure Park will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



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Red Wolf pups born at the NEW Zoo!

The red wolf pups are ready to greet their fans!! The six pups, who were born on 5/22/14, spent their first month sleeping, eating and growing and rarely left the nest box. Now that they are almost two months old, the youngsters have become much more active and are happily exploring their surroundings. The four […]

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