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Every Event Ticket Will Be Matched By The Salah Foundation to Support Conservation Education Initiatives
Denver, CO (May 5, 2014) – Denver Zoo has been awarded a challenge grant by The Salah Foundation for up to $75,000 in connection with its 25th annual Do At The Zoo event on June 19, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Now through June 1, for every Do At The Zoo ticket purchased, The Salah Foundation will make a donation in the same amount, up to $75,000 total, in support of the Zoo’s conservation education initiatives.
This doubles the impact of each Do At The Zoo ticket purchased for the next month. Proceeds from Denver’s favorite summer party and Denver Zoo’s largest fundraiser already supported the zoo’s general operations and now with this donation all of The Salah Foundation’s awarded funds will be allocated towards the Zoo’s conservation education programs for the underserved. This includes bilingual education programs, conservation education programs at the Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge in northern New Mexico and the Zoo’s Scholarship Fund for Lifelong Learning, making it possible for all individuals — no matter their economic circumstances — to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs.
Presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Do At The Zoo kicks off at 6 p.m. for VIP early entrance and at 7 p.m. for regular ticket holders on Thursday, June 19. Join Denver’s wild party animals for the zoo’s best event to date, featuring more than 60 of Denver’s top restaurants serving their best menu items. Guests will also experience music, dancing and close-up animal encounters in the incomparable setting of Denver Zoo at twilight. Denver Zoo will close at noon on June 19 to set up for the event. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.denverzoo.org/doatthezoo. This event sold out in 2012 and 2013.
In its 25-year history, more than 45,000 Do At The Zoo guests have raised more than $11 million to improve Denver Zoo and support its animal conservation efforts. This began in 1990 with the groundbreaking of the zoo’s Tropical Discovery exhibit, a habitat for fishes, reptiles and amphibians and continued with exhibits like the seven-acre Primate Panorama; Predator Ridge, home to African lions, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs; and Toyota Elephant Passage, the 10-acre home for Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs and greater one-horned rhinos.
About The Salah Foundation: The Salah Foundation is a private foundation that supports non-profit organizations in the United States that strengthen families and communities and advances individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. There is a special interest in education, medical research, community development and self-sufficiency programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled.
About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is home to 4,000 animals representing more than 600 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care. Denver Zoo is funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture, and scientific organizations.
A leader in environmental action, Denver Zoo is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species and is the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards.
Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in 594 conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents. In 2012 alone, Denver Zoo participated in 98 projects in 18 countries and more than $1 million in funds was spent by the zoo in support of animal conservation in the field.