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Great Plains Zoo to Host Endangered Species Day Activities

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History will host Endangered Species Day activities on Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The all-ages event will celebrate endangered species success stories and recognize ongoing conservation work at the Great Plains Zoo and around the world.

As part of Endangered Species Day, Zookeepers will highlight two endangered species, Eastern Bongos and Grevy’s Zebras. Activities include an extended Zebra Zookeeper chat at 11 a.m., as well as animal enrichment demonstrations and hands-on kids’ activities such as Zebra stripe art and an educational touch table.

“Endangered Species Day gives us another opportunity to highlight our commitment to protecting some of the planet’s most vulnerable species,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “It is a great opportunity for both adults and children to learn about the importance of protecting our endangered species and their habitats.”

The Great Plains Zoo is a key player in 24 Endangered Species Survival Plans cooperatively with zoos throughout the world, and supports field programs in Asia, Africa and North America. In addition, Zoo staff undertake conservation programs to heal and release rehabilitated raptors, assess wild turtle populations, relocate and monitor wild river otters, and other regional conservation efforts.

Inaugurated in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. The goal of Endangered Species Day is to educate people about the importance of protecting the Earth’s rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species. The Great Plains Zoo is a key player in successful breeding programs of 24 endangered species, including Eastern Black Rhinoceros, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Amur Tiger and Red Wolf.

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at www.greatzoo.org or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

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The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

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