Zoo brings animals to Earth Day

April 16, 2013

By Peter Clark

Cougar Mountain Zoo will join many other places around town in celebrating Earth Day the weekend of April 20.

For the first time, the zoo will bring together a large amount of entertainment for a two-day event, Zoo Manager Robyn Barfoot said.

“We’re starting to be a lot more involved with the Earth Day weekend,” she said. “Of course, every day should be Earth Day.”

Featuring a number of speakers and hands-on exhibits, the zoo will be transformed into an interactive experience for people of all ages. Barfoot said she wanted to promote not only recycling, but also upcycling and repurposing.

There will be green gardening demonstrations, face painting, local artists, magical entertainment, an educational lecture from local bee expert Dr. Danny Dajera and more.

“We wanted to give visitors a variety of stimulation,” Barfoot said. “It’s a fantastic team here and it’s just something we thought would be interesting and fun.”

Saturday will also include the celebration for the sixth birthdays of Taj and Almos, two of the zoo’s Bengal tigers.

The event is both days from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the price of admission. Visitors who bring in old cellphones for recycling will receive $2 off admission.

Learn more by calling 392-6278.


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