Celebrate Earth Day at Sequoia Park Zoo for Free!

Times-Standard sponsorship facilitates free admission for all on Sunday, April 22

March 28, 2012—Earth Day is April 22, and what better way to celebrate than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? Sequoia Park Zoo and more than 100 other top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 6th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America—and everyone can join the festivities for free!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Times Standard, everyone can visit Sequoia Park Zoo for free on Sunday, April 22. “We are thrilled to have the Times-Standard as the 2012 Platinum Tamarin event sponsor again this year.” said Nicole Spencer, Foundation Director of Development & Communications. “One very nice perk that we reserve for our top three event sponsors is to give them the opportunity to sponsor a “free day” at the zoo. We’re really excited that Times Standard chose to sponsor Earth Day.”

“We are planning conservation-focused activities which will have a direct benefit to wildlife,” says Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler. “We’ll have fun things for kids to do, engaging activities for adults, plus things for the whole family to do together. Stay tuned for more information as Earth Day approaches.”

Sequoia Park Zoo also encourages visitors to participate in an e-waste recycling program that benefits wildlife and wild habitat through an on-going program at the Zoo called Eco-Cell. Eco-Cell collects and refurbishes electronic devices for use in developing countries, or recycles their components for use. By re-using components, Eco-Cell helps lessen the impact of mining in sensitive gorilla habitat in Africa, where most of the metal used in cell phone components is found. On top of that, Eco-Cell makes a donation to Sequoia Park Zoo for each phone recycled. Visitors can drop off their old cell phones and hand-held devices in the Eco-Cell bin just inside the Zoo entrance.

Admission is free all day on Sunday, April 22 and special activities will be offered during the hours of 12-2 p.m. Sequoia Park Zoo is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven’t been to the Zoo in a while, this is a great opportunity to visit and check out the most recent improvements.

For more information on this fun-filled day, visit www.sequoiaparkzoo.net. Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka, CA.