YOUR VOTE CAN HELP OKC ZOO PLANT THE PATH FOR POLLINATORS
July 24, 2019
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is asking for the public’s help to win $25,000 for pollinator conservation! The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) challenged its members, including the OKC Zoo, to produce a one-minute video demonstrating the conservation impact of their annual Party for the Planet®: Spring Into Action events. From those entries, AZA selected the top ten most impactful stories and is hosting a digital contest to determine which merits a $25,000 grant to further their conservation efforts. The online vote is at aza.org/partyfortheplanetcontest will be the primary factor the judges use to select first and second place winners, who will get to designate the recipient of a $25,000 and $10,000 conservation donation, respectively. Voting is open until Wednesday, July 31, at 11:59 pm EDT.
The Zoo’s video features volunteers planting a new pollinator garden during Party for the Planet® and, if selected as a winner, the efforts of the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative, also known as Okies for Monarchs, to “Plant the Path for Pollinators” by creating and protecting pollinator habitat throughout Oklahoma. Okies for Monarchs is a statewide group of 40+ organizations and citizens working together to ensure thriving monarch migrations for generations to come.
“Pollinators, like monarch butterflies – whose population has declined by more than 80 percent in the last two decades – are in trouble and need our help,” said Rebecca Snyder, OKC Zoo curator of conservation and science. “With a few clicks, the public can help make this a win for the Zoo and Okies for Monarchs plus an even bigger win for pollinators.”
With support from the Disney Conservation Fund, Party for the Planet® is a way for AZA and its members to engage the larger community in efforts to protect wildlife and wild places, and every event, no matter what size, makes a big difference. Between Earth Day and World Oceans Day, 120 AZA-accredited facilities offered 140 inclusive, family-friendly volunteer opportunities engaging more than 4,000 families in beach and community clean-ups, invasive species removal, and planting native and pollinator-friendly plants.
Go vote and help plant the path for pollinators! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Connect with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.
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