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 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 a Spring Break Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 25
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This year, Hogle Zoo is
Partying for the Planet Spring Break-style, where visitors can escape to
the tropics without even bringing a passport! Vacation Guides will be available
to help visitors plan their day’s activities as they explore the Zoo for booths, animal enrichment and up close
animal presentations; Live music and entertainment will complete your escape to
the tropics without breaking the bank! Hogle
Zoo’s keepers will also be on hand throughout the day talking about how keeping
green affects animals around the globe.


the Planet Activities:
11 am to noon – Sunshine Generation in Hogle Zoo’s Main Plaza;
A local children’s performance group ready to greet Zoo visitors

11 am to 2 pm – Atomic Amy in Hogle Zoo’s Oasis Plaza;
A local rock cover band playing your classic rock favorites to help ramp up
your Spring Break


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.
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 harvested so miners don’t have to go
out into the wild to get it– and that stops something like 10,000 illegal
miners who are actually going into protected parks."


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 218 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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