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Celebrate Earth Day With Party For the Planet™!

Silver Spring, MD – More than 130 of the top zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) across North America are throwing the 9th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.

 “Party For the Planet™ offers the perfect reason for families to visit their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium to honor wildlife this Earth Day,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “We know the 180 million annual visitors to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have a strong interest in taking action to help protect the future of our planet and its inhabitants. Party For the Planet™ activities will help families learn what they can do to help preserve our planet and how the conservation work of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are helping to save wildlife species worldwide.”

AZA-accredited institutions spend $160 million annually in more than 100 countries on conservation projects, and have supported more than 1,000 field conservation and research projects over the past five years.

On Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the rest of the month, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America will host events to raise awareness about conservation, sustainable living and making our Earth a better place to live. Scheduled Party for the Planet™ events include live animal presentations, give-aways, crafts, keeper talks, environmental activities and much more!

To help you find the Party for the Planet™ event nearest you, here is a list of participating zoos and aquariums (list current as of April 9, 2015):

Abilene Zoo

Akron Zoo

Albuquerque BioPark

Alexandria Zoo

Aquarium of the Pacific

Audubon Nature Institute

Bergen County Zoo

Birmingham Zoo Inc.

.Blank Park Zoo

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Bramble Park Zoo

Brandywine Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Brevard Zoo

Busch Gardens Tampa

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Caldwell Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Chattanooga Zoo


Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Cosley Zoo

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, KS

Dickerson Park Zoo

Downtown Aquarium - Denver

Downtown Aquarium - Houston

El Paso Zoo

Ellen Trout Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo

Erie Zoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Georgia Aquarium

Gladys Porter Zoo

Great Plains Zoo

Greensboro Science Center

Greenville Zoo

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Henry Vilas Zoo

Henson Robinson Zoo

Houston Zoo

Hutchinson Zoo

International Crane Foundation

Jackson Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jenkinson's Aquarium

John Ball Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Knoxville Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lion Country Safari

Little Rock Zoo

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Louisville Zoo

Memphis Zoo

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Miller Park Zoo

Milwaukee County Zoo

Moody Gardens

Mystic Aquarium

Naples Zoo

National Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

North Carolina Zoo

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Oakland Zoo

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

Peoria Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Phoenix Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Potawatomi Zoo

Potter Park Zoo

Pueblo Zoo

Racine Zoo

Red River Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, SC

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverside Discovery Center

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rolling Hills Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

Sacramento Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Salisbury Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Scovill Zoo

SeaWorld San Antonio

Sedgwick County Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

South Carolina Aquarium

Sunset Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Texas State Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Topeka Zoo

Tracy Aviary

Tulsa Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Zoo

WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium

Woodland Park Zoo

Zoo Miami

Zoo New England


Zoo de Granby  

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

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