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Dallas Zoo Celebrates Earth Day Times Two
Apr 5, 2012

DALLAS – April 5, 2012 – The Dallas Zoo celebrates Earth Day by hosting a Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 21 from noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 1 – 5 p.m. This annual event features activity booths from dozens of community organizations, each with an important message about conservation and the environment.  The celebration is free with regular paid admission.

Party for the Planet activities include conservation-themed lion, cheetah, and elephant encounters; entertainment by Russ Lowry and The Expressions; and bounce houses and crafts for the kids.  Guests also can learn how donating cell phones, tennis shoes, CD/DVDs, and eyeglasses can help sustain our environment, thereby saving the habitats of rhinos, gorillas, lemurs, other apes, and more.  With each item donated, families can receive up to four free-ride passes for either the Monorail Safari or the Endangered Species Carousel.

A variety of organizations and products will be represented, such as Bowling For Rhinos, a national bowl-a-thon fundraiser that supports the protection of all five remaining species of rhinos and is organized by local chapters of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), Dallas County Master Gardener Association, the Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club, natural handmade bath and body products from Lush, and Earth-friendly items made solely out of recycled paper from La Alicia.

“Party for the Planet personifies the conservation mission of the Zoo,” said Gregg Hudson, executive director of the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “We are constantly considering ways we can reduce our impact on the Earth. The fewer resources humans require, the better it is for animals and their habitats around the world.”

Dallas Zoo’s green initiatives include:

  • Public and behind-the-scenes recycling (65,740 pounds of co-mingled recyclables and 43,720 pounds of metal recyclables in 2011)
  • “Dump and fill” water features converted to filtered and re-circulating systems to conserve water
  • Benches and tables made from recycled plastic
  • Underground storm water containers separate trash and debris from storm water ground flow
  • Landscaping and commissary waste converted into usable compost with significant savings (in excess of $20,000 annually)
  • Solar-powered vents on chemical storage containers
  • Compostable cups, plates, and eating utensils used in restaurants and snack shops

The Dallas Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is the largest zoological experience in Texas featuring a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The official airline of the Dallas Zoo is American Airlines. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). Admission is $15 for ages 12-64, $12 for ages 3-11 and 65+, and free for ages 2 and younger and Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) members. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, download the free iPhone app, visit DallasZoo.com, or call 469 554 7500.