(Salt Lake City, UT) – It’s time to get your party on with Mother Earth at the wildest spot in town—granola is optional.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is throwing a party; over one hundred parties throughout the country. Salt Lake City’s version of AZA’s Party for the Planet takes place at Utah’s Hogle Zoo for an Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hogle Zoo is Partying for the Planet by featuring live music, activities for the kids and lots of fun, as well as information booths, animal enrichment and up-close animal presentations. 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 a booth focusing on why it is important to recycle cell phones and other electronic devices. Bring your old cell phone to recycle through Hogle Zoo’s cell phone recycling program and receive $1 off regular zoo admission (one discount per person per phone – Valid on April 24th, 2010 only). This is a great day for people to drop off those old devices because it’s good for the environment and 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.”

For more information about Hogle Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” celebration or affiliation with the AZA, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite at (801) 584-1729 or email at

About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions 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

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