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Dallas Zoo’s African penguins “vanish” for one day
May 15, 2015

Endangered Species Day/weekend to highlight the growing extinction crisis

WHAT: On the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, Friday (May 15), the Dallas Zoo will give visitors a glimpse into what it would be like if African penguins were extinct. The Penguin Cove exhibit will be partially covered, as if penguins no longer existed.

Guests will be invited to participate in family-friendly activities at Penguin Cove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be asked to make a pledge to help save endangered penguins by purchasing sustainable seafood. If they volunteer to pledge, the guests will be invited to see our swimming, splashing penguins behind the curtain.

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015 (Penguin Cove “extinction”)

10:00 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, 2015 (six Endangered Species Weekend booths: penguins, cheetahs, gorillas, monarch butterflies, elephants and one roving booth)

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

WHERE: Dallas Zoo’s Don Glendenning Penguin Cove, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203

WHY: The extinction crisis is real and the threats to our animals are great. Our wild and beautiful world needs our attention like never before. The Dallas Zoo works tirelessly to save animals from extinction. In honor of Endangered Species Day, the Dallas Zoo will celebrate multiple endangered animals Friday through Sunday, in unification with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 229-accredited members.

Dallas Zoo guests will discover how elephants, cheetahs, penguins, and gorillas in Africa, as well as the monarch butterfly right here in Texas, are all struggling to survive. Visitors will be invited to pledge to help save them with green actions starting at home. The events will take place through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.