May 2015 Special Events Announced for Palm Beach Zoo

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 The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the following special events and promotions for the month of May 2015:

Do at the Zoo, May 8, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society supporters will be heading “around the world” at the always-popular annual spring fundraiser, “Do at the Zoo.” The global celebration takes place on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Zoo. 

Attendees can enjoy a movable feast from ten participating restaurants, sip on classic cocktails provided by BACARDÍ, dance to music from the ever-popular DJ Vlad, and even come face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s most fascinating animals. As part of the Zoo’s mission of reducing its overall carbon footprint, select lighting for the evening will come from solar-powered lanterns. 

Molly Austin, Maura Ziska Christu, Ashley Ramos, and Maura Smith are serving as Event Chairs. Honorary Chairs are Whitney Bylin, Thomas C. Quick, and Samantha Storkerson. Benefactors include John Hendrickson, Michele & Howard Kessler, Thomas C. Quick, Molly & Laurence Austin, Christie’s, Ashley & Mike Ramos, Kristen & Chris Vila, Mary & Kane Baker, Lillian & Luis Fernandez, Bonpoint, Whitney & Eric Bylin, Maura Ziska Christu & Eric Christu, Samantha & Christopher Storkerson and Eddy & John Taylor. Bonpoint is the pre-event host and fashion sponsor. 

BACARDÍ is once again the event’s exclusive spirits sponsor, and will be featuring the classic cocktail: a BACARDÍ Rum Hand Shaken Daiquiri, which is a simple mixture of BACARDÍ Rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup crafted into a timeless cocktail, originally created more than a century ago at the Daiquiri Copper Mines near Santiago de Cuba.

Global cuisine for the event will be provided by Avocado Grill, Bricktops, Buccan, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Echo, Meat Market, PB Catch, PDQ, Table 26 and the Palm Beach Zoo Tropics Cafe. Gift bag donors are Lori Jayne Bernstein, Orange Theory Fitness, and Roller Rabbit

Proceeds from “Do at the Zoo” will help the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society to advance its mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is home to more than 800 animals, and is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Ticket prices for “Do at the Zoo” start at $175, and sponsorships are still available by contacting Pam Viscusi at (561) 533-0887(561) 533-0887 ext. 285, or emailing pviscusi@palmbeachzoo.org.

Frog Bog Grand Opening: May 9, 11 a.m. – Guests are invited to have a “hopping good time” during the Grand Opening of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s newest exhibit, the Frog Bog, on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. Zoo members will release frogs into the habitat, and guests will hear a special Keeper Talk about native Florida amphibians and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Children will enjoy frog-themed crafts that they can take home.

Roar & Pour: May 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – It’s the return of “Roar & Pour” at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society! Guests of all ages will enjoy live music from South Florida’s favorite Jimmy Buffett tribute band Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways, food, and drink service in the Zoo’s Interactive Play Fountain area on Saturday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees can expect fun up-close animal encounters, entertaining zookeeper talks and a TBA tap takeover with a local brewery. Jimmy Buffett’s former tour mate, Chiquita the sulfur-crested cockatoo, will make a special appearance! The Zoo will have some café tables and chairs in the Fountain area during the event, and guests are invited to bring folding lawn chairs for comfort while listening to bands.

Admission: Adult Non-Member (13 and older) $10, Adult Member (13 and older) $9, Child Non-Member (ages 3 through 12) $7, Child Member (ages 3 through 12) $6, Children under 3 are free. Admission prices start at 4:30 p.m. and live music begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the cost of admission.

Dropbox link to photos from previous Roar & Pour events: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b55ez7kivoy85p8/AAADOSFZqfJ0uIjJvZSVZBHza

Save the Tiger 5k Race, Presented by Sagicor: May 16, 7:30 a.m. – Guests are invited to run to help save the Malayan tiger during the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s third annual “Save the Tiger 5k” race, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company.

Whether you’re running to beat your personal best or walking as a family, this is a great way to enhance your Zoo experience! The first 500 runners registered get a free t-shirt. Register early to beat the scheduled price increases, and remember, a “Gift Registration” makes a great gift for the runner in your life!

The run starts in the Zoo parking lot, then winds through Dreher Park, entering the Zoo on the west side. You’ll run past the wallaby viewing station, fennec fox exhibit, ocelots, siamang island and more on your way to the finish line in the Interactive Fountain where you’re welcome to cool off in its dancing spray.

Your race registration also includes Zoo admission for 5/16/15 and three half-priced discount coupons for friends and family that would like to see you cross the finish line and enjoy the day at the Zoo.

The Zoo is proud to participate in the Athletes For A Fit Planet sustainability pledge program. The pledge seal indicates that we pledge to incorporate the following green or sustainable practices in our running event:

  • Reduce paper waste by requiring at least 80% online registration. In fact, we will only use paper registration for a limited number of race day registrations.
  • Provide recycling bins at the event for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, etc. In fact, we have recycling bins throughout the Zoo for everything we do.
  • Use recyclable goodie bags. We’ll use recyclable envelopes with at least 20% post-consumer recycled materials for registration packets/goodie bags.
  • Use green portable toilets. The portable toilets in the SW corner of the main parking lot use non-toxic chemicals and recycled paper products.
  • We’re reusing signage from previous runs during this event to reduce waste and the impact of additional production.
  • All food waste (banana peels, orange peels, un-eaten bagel portions, etc.) will be composted.
  • All unused food will be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.
  • We’ll have a collection station for used running apparel and shoes for recycling, courtesy of the Nike store at the Palm Beach Outlets.

All athletes will receive information in their packets as to everyday practices that can help protect endangered species, such as the Malayan tiger. We’ll also have zookeepers with up-close animal encounters sharing information on how you can help protect the species displayed.

Conservation Leadership Lecture: “Florida’s Solar Economy” by Commissioner Ronald Brisẻ, May 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the next Conservation Leadership Lecture, generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America, entitled “Florida’s Solar Economy,” featuring Commissioner Ronald Brisé. The lecture will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropics Café. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the lecture presentation.

Ronald A. Brisé was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2010, and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term through January 2018. He served as Commission Chairman in 2012-2013. Commissioner Brisé is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and previously served on the NARUC Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications.

Before this appointment, he represented District 108 in the Florida House of Representatives for four years. During his tenure, Commissioner Brisé was named Democratic Whip and served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators.

Commissioner Brisé received a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received M.B.A. degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois. Upon graduation from college, Commissioner Brisé taught science at his alma mater, Miami Union Academy. He eventually became responsible for the school’s development and fundraising operations. In 2005, he became the Chief Operating Officer at a VoIP telecommunications carrier.

Commissioner Brisé began his career in public service in North Miami as a member of the North Miami Planning Commission. His civic engagements include Board Member of the North Shore Hospital and past president of the Albert C. Pierre Community Center. He is a member of the NAACP, Leadership Florida, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. Cocktails & passed hors d’oeuvres will be served. To purchase your tickets online, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.

Teddy Bear Affair: May 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Teddy bears are stuffed with love, and it’s time for their annual check-up at the Zoo’s “Teddy Bear Affair.” Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to this “bear-y” special event.  The Zoo’s Veterinary Team will be available to perform check-ups on their furry stuffed friends in the Teddy Bear Clinic, and a special Bear Talk will introduce children to Lewis and Clark, the Zoo’s North American black bear brothers. All activities will take place at the North American Black Bear Habitat.

Food Truck Safari: May 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Feed your inner animal at some of South Florida’s best food trucks inside the Zoo, when the “Food Truck Safari” returns on May 23. Enjoy live music, exciting zookeeper talks and fun, up-close animal encounters along with culinary delights from several South Florida food trucks spread throughout the Zoo.

Admission, which does not include food and beverage purchases, is $9 for adult Zoo members, $10 for adult non-members, $6 for child Zoo members, $7 for child non-members and free for toddlers under age three. All food trucks are donating a portion of their proceeds toward Zoo operations. Trucks accept cash or credit. Gate proceeds support regular Zoo operations.

The Zoo encourages all food trucks to apply sustainable practices in their daily operations, and will once again give a “Sustainability Award” to the truck that excels in the most environmental and conservation sustainability categories in food production and presentation.

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org

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