LOUISVILLE ZOO MEDIA RELEASE

March 13, 2012

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

502-238-5331
(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)

kyle.shepherd@louisvilleky.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth

LG&E and KU present special events throughout April;
Festivities include $2 admission April 22

The Louisville Zoo, thanks to Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, will celebrate Earth Day throughout April during Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth. Earth Day is observed April 22 nationwide.

“A celebration about the Earth deserves not just a single day but an entire month’s worth of activities with something for everyone, from children to adults,” said Laura Douglas, vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs for LG&E and KU. “And there’s no better place for an Earth Day celebration than The Louisville Zoo.”

The festivities include $2 admission to the Zoo all-day April 22 courtesy of LG&E and KU. Each weekday will feature keeper presentations and animal encounters and every weekend will be filled with special characters and other activities. Display booths, tree seedling give-a-ways and cell phone recycling opportunities are just a few more highlights.

The party’s full lineup includes:

April 1- 7 Eco Partner Exhibitor, ECO-CELL

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

ECO-CELL will be collecting old cell phones. Guests can donate their old cell phone and receive $2 off adult admission April 1-7.  An ECO-CELL representative will be here on April 2-6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about the program. 

Sunday, April 1 – Primate Awareness Day featuring Curious George  

(Noon to 4 p.m.)

Zoo animal experts will be on hand with information about gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, woolly monkeys and more.  Keeper presentations and animal enrichment activities are included.  Then enjoy a meet-and-greet with everyone’s favorite primate, “Curious George.”

Saturday, April 7 – Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Louisville Science Center

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

The effects of climate change on plants and animals will be explored with the Louisville Science Center.  See how fast a glacier melts and discover what you can do to help keep the Earth’s elements in balance.

Zoo docents with animals 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 7– Zoo Poopy Doo Compost and Mulch Sale

(7:30 to 11 a.m.)

Quality hardwood bark mulch and Zoo Poopy Doo, a rich compost mixture comprised of Zoo hoof stock manure (like elephant, rhino, camel and giraffe); hay, straw and wood shavings will be available. For more information on this sale and how to purchase, visit www.louisvillezoo.org/collection/horticulture/events.htm.

Sunday, April 8 –Eggstravaganza featuring the Easter Bunny

(Noon to 4 p.m.)

Celebrate Easter with some of our “EGGstraordinary” egg-laying animals and participate in a scavenger hunt.  The Easter Bunny will be available to greet visitors during the event. Many of the Zoo’s animals will receive Easter-themed enrichment.

Saturday, April 14 – Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Louisville Water Company

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Educators from the Louisville Water Company will offer a unique look at how we use one of the Earth’s most precious resources. The day also includes fun water-focused educational activities on the Zoo plaza.

Zoo docents with animals 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 – Zoo Poopy Doo Compost and Mulch Sale

(7:30 to 11 a.m.)

Quality hardwood bark mulch and Zoo Poopy Doo, a rich compost mixture comprised of Zoo hoof stock manure (like elephant, rhino, camel and giraffe), hay, straw and wood shavings will be available. For more information on this sale and how to purchase, visit www.louisvillezoo.org/collection/horticulture/events.htm.

Sunday, April 15 – Arctic Awareness Day featuring Tundra and Grizwald

(Noon to 4 p.m.)

Zoo mascots Tundra and Grizwald will be on hand to meet and greet. The day also includes tips on easy ways to be green and help save endangered polar bears.

Saturday, April 21– Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Polar Bears International
& Acres for the Atmosphere

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

As part of our Earth Month celebration, the Louisville Zoo’s Arctic Ambassadors will be distributing free tree seedlings to the first 100 attendee groups entering the zoo on Saturday, April 21.  A tree stamp will be placed on the hand of one person in each group as they enter the zoo.  The attendee group may pick up their seedling upon exiting the zoo by showing their stamped hand.

Zoo docents with animals 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 21– Zoo Poopy Doo Compost and Mulch Sale

(7:30 to 11 a.m.)

Quality hardwood bark mulch and Zoo Poopy Doo, a rich compost mixture comprised of Zoo hoof stock manure (like elephant, rhino, camel and giraffe); hay, straw and wood shavings will be available. For more information on this sale and how to purchase, visit www.louisvillezoo.org/collection/horticulture/events.htm.

Sunday, April 22 – Earth Day Festival eco-partner displays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special admission is just $2 per person all day, courtesy of LG&E and KU.

The Zoo’s conservation efforts will be highlighted and environmental displays by some of the Zoo’s eco-partners will be set up throughout the Zoo’s campus. A news conference and tree planting will highlight the day as well.

Saturday, April 28 – Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Louisville Orchid Society

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

The Louisville Orchid Society will feature displays. They will also have orchids for sale and a portion of proceeds go to the Zoo.

Buddy Bat appearance

(Noon to 2 p.m. on Zoo plaza)

Zoo docents with animals 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 28 – Zoo Poopy Doo Compost and Mulch Sale

(7:30 to 11 a.m.)

Quality hardwood bark mulch and Zoo Poopy Doo, a rich compost mixture comprised of Zoo hoof stock manure (like elephant, rhino, camel and giraffe); hay, straw and wood shavings will be available. For more information on this sale and how to purchase, visit www.louisvillezoo.org/collection/horticulture/events.htm.

Sunday, April 29 – Creepy, Crawly and Cool Day featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar

(Noon to 4 p.m.)

A day full of critters you scream for — insects! A hands-on experiences with live creepy crawlies and meet the most famous storybook bug-ambassador The Very Hungary Caterpillar.

Free Paper Shredding & Electronic Recycling

(Noon to 3 p.m.)

The Paper Predator from DDC Kentucky will be on hand offering free paper shredding.

Bluegrass E-Cycle will be offering free electronic recycling.

Both recycling activities will take place in the Bus Parking lot of the Zoo. 

Check the website for a list of appropriate items.

For more information on other Zoo events throughout the year, visit www.louisvillezoo.org/events.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

 

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.

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