Do at the Zoo Global Celebration Sets a Record for Palm Beach Zoo

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An array of brightly-colored international flags greeted a record-high number of guests during the 2015 “Do at the Zoo,” the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s annual spring fundraiser, which reached a new fundraising milestone of $121,000. Thanks to the hard work of Event Chairs Molly Austin, Maura Ziska Christu, Ashley Ramos and Maura Smith, as well as the dedication of Honorary Chairs Whitney Bylin, Thomas C. Quick and Samantha Storkerson, the funds raised from the 200+ supporters who attended the global-themed celebration will benefit the hundreds of animals in the Zoo’s care.

Guests enjoyed lavish food options from ten outstanding local restaurants, danced to music spun by DJ Vlad and visited with a wide variety of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. The Handshaken BACARDÍ® Rum Daiquiri classic cocktails were the most popular drinks of the evening. Suiting the “around the world” theme, select event lighting came from colorful solar-powered lanterns as part of the Zoo’s mission of reducing its overall carbon footprint.

Global cuisine for the event was 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 were Lori Jayne Monogramming, Orange Theory Fitness and Roberta Roller Rabbit. Vehicles on display were provided by Jaguar Palm Beach.

Premier Sponsors were Susanna Hager, John Hendrickson, Michele & Howard Kessler and Thomas C. Quick. Monarch Sponsors were Molly & Laurence Austin, Mary & Kane Baker, Ruth & Ted Baum, Christie’s, Ashley & Mike Ramos, Betsy& Paul Shiverick and Kristen Schonwald Vila & Chris Vila/Fledgling Foundation. Chancellor Sponsors were Lillian & Luis Fernandez and Florida Power & Light Company. Ambassador Sponsors were Brooks Bishop, Bonpoint, Jaguar Palm Beach, Whitney & Eric Bylin, Maura Ziska Christu & Eric Christu, Maria & Terry Collier, Howard Cox, Ann & Charles Johnson, Lucia Musso, Sandra & Pat Rooney, Amanda & Charles Schumacher, Robin & Enrique Senior, Samantha& Christopher Storkerson, Eddy & John Taylor and Jane& Dean Woodman. Bonpoint was the pre-event host and fashion sponsor.

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 700 animals, and is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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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

April 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 April 2015:

Breakfast with the Bunny, April 4, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. –Out of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s hundreds of animals, one in particular will be an “egg-xtra” special guest when “Breakfast with the Bunny” returns. Guests are invited to hop into the Zoo on Saturday, April 4 at either 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. and join in “egg-citing” egg hunts, an “egg-cellent” hot breakfast buffet at the Zoo’s Tropics Café, and a meet and greet “egg-stravaganza” with the Easter Bunny and his Zoo animal ambassador friends. Pre-registration is required, and guests are encouraged to register early since space is limited. For additional information or to register, please visit us online at www.palmbeachzoo.org/bunny.

Fees include Zoo admission, and are as follows:

Zoo Members

Adults — $22.95

Children (ages 3-12) — $14.95

Toddlers (ages 0-2) — $4.95

Non-members

Adults — $32.95

Children (ages 3-12) — $24.95

Toddlers (ages 0-2) — $4.95

 

Story Time at the Zoo:

Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss, April 4, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on April 4, 2015 will be “Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss.

Curious George Plants a Tree” by Margret & H.A. Rey, April 11, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on April 11, 2015 will be “Curious George Plants a Treet” by Margret & H.A. Rey.

The EARTH Book” by Todd Parr, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on April 18, 2015 will be “The EARTH Book” by Todd Parr.

 “A Visitor for Bear” by Bonny Becker, April 25, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on April 25, 2015 will be “A Visitor for Bear” by Bonny Becker.

The popular event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Produce Stand:

 April 4, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Guests are invited to take home farm-fresh Florida produce from the Zoo’s Produce Stand on April 4, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. directly inside of the Zoo’s exit gate.

April 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – As part of the Party for the Planet activities on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests are invited to take home farm-fresh Florida produce from the Zoo’s Produce Stand directly inside of the Zoo’s exit gate.

Visiting the Produce Stand is free with the cost of regular Zoo admission. Guests can pick up this week’s sustainably-harvested items, and learn about how buying local produce protects wildlife. At the Produce Stand, guests can purchase the Zoo’s own bird-friendly, sustainably-grown coffee! Guests can see a sample CSA box at the Produce Stand, now that the Zoo has become a CSA box pick-up site.

Brew at the Zoo, presented by Dixie Grill & Bar:

April 11, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.The third annual “Brew at the Zoo,” presented by Dixie Grill & Bar, returns to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. With more than 25 craft breweries, including the local favorites, live music and delicious food, the event is Palm Beach County’s most unique craft beer festival! Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early, since tickets must be purchased in advance and the event is predicted to sell out. “Brew at the Zoo” guests must be 21 years old to enter, with a government-issued photo ID. Email info@palmbeachzoo.org for additional information.

VIP Admission costs $65, and includes the following:

    Early admission at 5:30 p.m.

    Limited edition t-shirt

    Exclusive premium beer samples

    Buffet meal in the air-conditioned Tropics Café with live music by Andre Michaud

    All elements of a General Admission ticket

General Admission is $35, and includes the following:

    Admission beginning at 6 p.m. until the festival closes at 9:30 p.m.

    Collectible sampling mug

    Unlimited samples from 25 brewers, estimated 60+ different brews (Please drink responsibly)

    Much of the Zoo will be open (note; some animals may be sleeping or choose to stay in the shadows)

    A variety of food to purchase from local restaurants and/or food trucks (cash or credit)

    Live music by The Goodnicks in the Interactive Fountain Plaza and Bobby G in the Mayan Plaza

Designated Driver Admission is $15, and includes the following:

    Admission to the Zoo beginning at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. when accompanying a VIP ticket holder)

    Free water and soft drinks at the Tropics Café Snack Bar

    A pledge to arrive sober and not consume any beer during the event.

All attendees will be required to wear a wristband specific to their admission level.  All ticket purchases are final, with no refunds.

Link to one-minute video of 2014 Brew at the Zoo — http://youtu.be/YgMmN0dDorc

 

Conservation Leadership Lecture:

“From Glades to Gulf: 1,000 Miles in 100 Days, a Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition” featuring Carlton Ward, Jr. and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, April 16, 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. The lecture, entitled “From Glades to Gulf: 1,000 Miles in 100 Days, a Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition,” will feature renowned photojournalist Carlton Ward, Jr. and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt. The event will occur 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.

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event, or a series package can be purchased for $55 per person. 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.

Carlton Ward, Jr. is a conservation photographer and eighth-generation Floridian focused on Florida’s living heritage. His work is exhibited widely and published in magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo and Nature Conservancy. He began his career with seven expeditions to the Congo rainforests of Gabon with the Smithsonian Institution, resulting in his award-winning book, “The Edge of Africa,” with a foreword by Colin Powell presidential exhibit with the United Nations in New York. While remaining engaged internationally, Ward’s primary purpose is to protect Florida’s nature and culture through art. His 2009 book, “Florida Cowboys,” won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards, and Popular Photography Magazine featured him for working to save vanishing America. Ward is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and president of the Florida-based Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). He is a National Geographic Explorer for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, which included a 100-day, 1000-mile trek in 2012 from Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia.

Mallory Lykes Dimmitt is a seventh generation Floridian whose childhood was partly spent exploring the lands and waters of central Florida. She pursued her passion for the outdoors by receiving her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was also awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment, where she earned a Master’s of Environmental Management.

Some of Mallory’s projects include protecting river corridors and large landscapes in Colorado with The Nature Conservancy, research in Sri Lanka for the International Water Management Institute and strategic planning and organizational development with LINC.

Party for the Planet:

April 18 and April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with a zoo twist as you discover how you can help our planet! Every day is Earth Day at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, but on Saturday, April 18, 2015, and Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, the Zoo will showcase some of the steps guests can take that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe. Party for the Planet will be filled with educational, engaging, and fun activities for the entire family, including a Grow Your Own Vegetable Station, face painting, eco-friendly crafts, children’s giveaways and special visits from the Zoo Crew mascots. These activities are aimed at helping guests discover more about the environment, wildlife, the Earth’s natural resources and even solar power. Activities are free with Zoo admission.

On Saturday, guests can attend a special interactive percussion performance by Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a book signing by Adam P. Rutstein, author of the popular children’s book, My Planet is Purple. Then the public is invited to learn more about how buying local produce protects wildlife during the Zoo’s Produce Stand from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (see next calendar item for more Produce Stand information).

The next day, the Zoo welcomes FPL Sun-Day at the Zoo! Guests can experience hands-on solar power exhibits with the help of the Zoo’s friends from Florida Power & Light Company. There will be an Earth Day DJ, raffles and giveaways, plus a chance for guests to learn how FPL is bringing clean solar energy to local communities and how they can get involved through FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program.

Beginning Saturday, April 18th in the Zoo’s Florida Pioneer House, fifth-grade students from Meadow Park Elementary will be displaying their eco-animals. The students created these animals by using recycled materials that can be found in any home. Animals will include a family of alligators including hatchlings, tropical fish, tortoises, sea turtles, flamingos and snakes.

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the celebration. Our united goal is to promote appreciation of the Earth and conservation of all natural resources. This event is an interactive experience. Each booth must have a conservation or environmental message that is carried out through your hands-on activity and educational information. For more information or to register, please email info@palmbeachzoo.org.

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 http://www.palmbeachzoo.org.

Brew at the Zoo Returns to the Palm Beach Zoo

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The third annual “Brew at the Zoo,” presented by Dixie Grill & Bar, returns to the Palm Beach Zoo& Conservation Society on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. With more than 25 craft breweries, including the local favorites, live music and delicious food, the event is Palm Beach County’s most unique craft beer festival! Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early, since tickets must be purchased in advance and the event is predicted to sell out. “Brew at the Zoo” guests must be 21 years old to enter, with a government-issued photo ID. Email info@palmbeachzoo.org for additional information.

VIP Admission costs $65, and includes the following:

    Early admission at 5:30 p.m.

    Limited edition t-shirt

    Exclusive premium beer samples

    Buffet meal in the air-conditioned Tropics Café with live music by Andre Michaud

    All elements of a General Admission ticket

General Admission is $35, and includes the following:

    Admission beginning at 6 p.m. until the festival closes at 9:30 p.m.

    Collectible sampling mug

    Unlimited samples from 25 brewers, estimated 60+ different brews (Please drink responsibly)

    Much of the Zoo will be open (note; some animals may be sleeping or choose to stay in the shadows)

    Up-close animal encounters throughout the evening

    A variety of food to purchase from local restaurants and/or food trucks (cash or credit)

    Live music by The Goodnicks in the Interactive Fountain Plaza and Bobby G in the Mayan Plaza

Designated Driver Admission is $15, and includes the following:

    Admission to the Zoo beginning at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. when accompanying a VIP ticket holder)

    Free water and soft drinks at the Tropics Café Snack Bar

    A pledge to arrive sober and not consume any beer during the event.

All attendees will be required to wear a wristband specific to their admission level.  All ticket purchases are final, with no refunds.

“The popularity of ’Brew At The Zoo’ allows us to put a special focus on South Florida brews,” said Ron Brooks, events manager for the Zoo. “We’re proud to promote sustainability, and the reduced impact on the environment that comes from consuming local products.”

“Local breweries don’t drive trucks cross-country to deliver their product,” Brooks continued. “They come from nearby, which leads to a lower carbon footprint.”

Palm Beach Zoo Becomes CSA Pick-Up Site

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The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, in its quest to promote sustainable lifestyle choices for the public, is partnering with local vegetable grower Kai-Kai Farm of Martin County to offer the Zoo’s first “CSA” box pick-up program. Members of the public will now be able to order fresh produce directly Kai-Kai Farm and pick up their pre-packed CSA box at the Zoo every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and the pre-packed box is a collection of eight to nine current harvest items that will change seasonally. Customers may choose weekly or bi-weekly box pickups. Some minor customization of contents is possible. Register for CSA boxes online at www.kaikaifarm.com and click the link, “BUY VEGETABLES.” Choose “Drop” and the Palm Beach Zoo as the pickup location.

A Produce Stand inside the Zoo’s exit gate on the first and third Saturdays of every month will showcase a sample CSA box, highlighting the Zoo’s conservation mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife. The Produce Stand and CSA box pick-up site offerings are part of the “locavore” movement, with the goal of encouraging consumers to purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are sustainably-grown and harvested, and educating the public about how buying local produce protects wildlife.

Andrew Aiken, president & CEO for the Zoo, said the CSA box pick-up initiative is a positive example of the “locavore” movement, which is gaining momentum. He said, “We like to promote local food businesses that source their offerings within 100 miles. These conservation actions inspire us, and we want to join in.”

“We are proud to partner with Kai-Kai Farm to offer these ‘locavore’ options,” he continued. “The reduction of carbon emissions from saved trucking miles is always a good thing for our climate and for wildlife.”

February 2015 Special Events and Promotions 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 February 2015:

Story Time at the Zoo: “A Library Book for Bear,” by Bonny Becker, February 7, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on February 7th will be “A Library Book for Bear” by Bonny Becker.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Edward the Emu,” by Sheena Knowles, February 14, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on February 14th will be “Edward the Emu” by Sheena Knowles.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Ask Mr. Bear,” by Marjorie Flack, February 21, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on February 21st will be “Ask Mr. Bear” by Marjorie Flack.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” by Peter Brown, February 28, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on February 28th will be “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown.

The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Produce Stand, February 7 and 21, 12 to 5 p.m. — Take home farm-fresh Florida produce from the Zoo’s Produce Stand. Visitors can browse a wonderful selection of fresh, locally-grown produce and other sustainably-harvested items directly outside of the Zoo’s exit gate, and learn about how buying local produce protects wildlife. The produce stand will remain open until 5 p.m. so all Zoo-goers have a chance to shop before they head home for the evening. At the Produce Stand, you can purchase the Zoo’s own bird-friendly, sustainably-grown coffee!

Valentine’s Day Ladybug Release Party. February 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — This Valentine’s Day bring the family to the Zoo for a day full of ladybug fun! Children will enjoy eco-friendly ladybug crafts, face painting, and of course– ladybug releases. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a ladybug for a chance to win a special Palm Beach Zoo prize pack during our Ladybug Costume Contest.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

10:30 a.m. – Story Time featuring the book “Edward the Emu” – at Conservation Station

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Eco-friendly ladybug crafts, face painting, ladybug bean bag toss – at the Interactive Play Fountain area

11:15 a.m. – Ladybug release #1 – meet at the Interactive Play Fountain area

12:15 p.m. – Ladybug costume contest – Interactive Play Fountain area

1:15 p.m. – Ladybug release #2 – meet at the Interactive Play Fountain area

“I Love the Zoo” Family Overnight: February 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Discover the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society after hours and meet our creatures of the night during a special Valentine’s evening “I Love the Zoo” Family Overnight on February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy up-close animal encounters, a guided night tour of the Zoo, a pizza snack, a continental breakfast and other Valentine activities. Guests must bring a sleeping bag, air mattress, cot or sleeping pad for the sweet overnight adventures. Activities are geared for children aged six and up, and a parent or adult guardian must attend. To register or to find out more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org/family-overnights.

Dragonfest: Celebrate the Chinese New Year and Year of the Ram: February 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ram on February 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The world-renowned John Wai Kung Fu Academy will perform authentic dragon and lion dances at 1:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Interactive Play Fountain area. Other fun activities include face-painting, children’s crafts and giveaways from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as zookeeper talks and wildlife presentations throughout the day.

Conservation Leadership Lecture: “An Unexpected Connection: Wildlife Conservation & Urban Agriculture” by Dr. John Zahina-Ramos, Founder of Casa Jardin Co., February 26, 6 to 8 p.m.  — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s second Conservation Leadership Lecture of 2015 will feature Dr. John Zahina-Ramos, founder of Casa Jardin, Co. His lecture presentation is titled “An Unexpected Connection: Wildlife Conservation & Urban Agriculture.” Each presentation in the lecture series, generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America, will occur 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.

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event, or a series package can be purchased for $55 per person. 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) 533-0887(561) 533-0887 ext. 285.

Dr. John Zahina-Ramos is a noted scientist who is at the forefront of research into the benefits of urban agriculture. He holds a M.S. degree in the biological sciences and a Ph.D. in geosciences. His dissertation research was focused on the attitudes and perspectives of urban residents to home food growing. Dr. Zahina-Ramos is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, teaching courses in environmental mapping. He is the president of Casa Jardin Co., a consulting firm whose services are focused on urban agriculture and environmental issues. He is an avid backyard food grower, and he founded the Just One Backyard web resource to promote the practice of sustainable food growing, particularly in cities.  His latest book, scheduled for release in January 2015, chronicles the change from local food production to dependency on the industrial agricultural system in place today. It also details the results of his five-year backyard food growing study, and documents the wide range of benefits that can be realized from sustainable urban food production.

For more than sixteen years, he was a professional environmental scientist with the State of Florida. He also worked on Everglades research with the Duke University School of the Environment for seven years. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, technical documents, book chapters and conference presentations on the topics of soils, ecological modeling, historic vegetation mapping, and the impacts of water withdrawals on wetlands, food sustainability, the benefits of urban agriculture and the potential productivity of urban agriculture.

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 http://www.palmbeachzoo.org.

Manatee Conservation Leadership Lecture Draws Crowd to Palm Beach Zoo

4. Dr. Powell addresses the crowd 

A crowd of more than 100 attendees enjoyed a Conservation Leadership Lecture, titled “Mermaids & Manatees: 40 Years of Manatee Research,” given by James “Buddy” Powell, Ph.D., at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on the evening of January 29, 2015. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live harp music by Ruby Drain and Zoo animal encounters beforehand. Bank of America is the presenting sponsor for the Conservation Leadership Lecture series.

Dr. Powell, who serves as the Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance, spoke of the need for manatee conservation. “With 500 manatees in danger right here in our backyard, the Zoo has an opportunity to link all wildlife together and get the message out about how important it is to protect manatees,” he said.

“We have an opportunity to be stewards for these creatures,” he continued. “If we can’t do it with what we have available to us, nobody can.”

The public is invited to the following 2015 Conservation Leadership Lectures:

February 26, 2015: “An Unexpected Connection: Wildlife Conservation & Urban Agriculture” by Dr. John Zahina-Ramos, Founder of Casa Jardin Co.

 

April 16, 2015: “From Glades to Gulf: 1,000 Miles in 100 Days, a Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition” by Carlton Ward, Jr. and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

 

May 21, 2015: “Florida’s Solar Economy” by Commissioner Ronald Brisẻ

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event, or a series package can be purchased for $55 per person. 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.