Party for the Planet at Hogle Zoo Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY (April 27) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo is getting down with going green Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the nationwide Earth Day celebration Party for the Planet!
 
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums is uniting its members for the celebration of Earth that includes animal enrichment, presentations, and informative booths where people can learn about all the small things they can do to improve the planet. Guests who bring a cell phone for recycling with them will receive $1 off Zoo admission.
 
The day will also feature live music, activities for the kids and lots of fun. Hogle Zoo’s keepers will also be on hand throughout the day talking about how "going green" affects animals around the globe.
 
This year’s Party for the Planet at Hogle Zoo will feature multiple booths focusing on what people can do day-to-day to reduce their footprint on the planet. It is also the perfect time to drop off any old cellular devices, which not only helps the environment, but also helps the gorilla population in the wild.
 
"Cell phones contain a mineral called coltan that is found in the same parts of the African Congo where gorillas are found. Mining of this mineral in those areas is causing habitat destruction and killing of gorillas for bush-meat," said Hogle Zoo Conservation Coordinator Liz Larsen. "By recycling cell phones, the coltan can be reused so miners don’t have to go out into the wild to get it."
 
Join Utah’s Hogle Zoo Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate the Earth and make a difference in its future.
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.