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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Hosts Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 23, 2014 - Jacksonville, Fl -

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting its 2014 Earth Day celebration, “Party for the Planet,” Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by JM Family Enterprises and Southeast Toyota Distributors. Guests will receive $2 off admission when they bring electronic waste to recycle. A full list of acceptable items can be found on the Zoo’s website. This discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer and is valid April 26, 2014 only.

“Party for the Planet” will feature local environmental and animal conservation booths for visitors to learn valuable information on how to preserve our Earth and its wildlife for future generations.  There will be a variety of children’s activities, live entertainment, animal encounters and visits from JaZoo, the Zoo’s friendly lion mascot. Don’t forget to make a contribution in saving the planet by participating in a planting activity held on the Great Lawn.

“Each year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums help connect more than 181 million visitors to nature, and these visitors have a strong interest in taking action to help protect the future of the Earth,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy. “By participating in Party For the Planet™ at their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium, families will not only learn what they can do to help preserve our planet, but they will also learn about what zoos and aquariums are doing to support conservation efforts worldwide.”

As an extra “Party for the Planet” incentive, there will be VIP front-row parking spaces available April 26 in the Zoo’s general parking lot for guests driving hybrid cars only. Front row parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited.

Jacksonville Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” is part of an annual event sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Zoos from all over the country that are members of the AZA participate. For more information about conservation and how you can help, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org or http://www.aza.org.

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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.