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Largest Earth Day Party in North America Connects People to Wildlife Conservation

Silver Spring, MD – More than 130 of the top zoos and aquariums are throwing the 8th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America. 

“Each year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums help connect more than 181 million visitors to nature, and these visitors have a strong interest in taking action to help protect the future of the Earth,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy. “By participating in Party For the Planet™ at their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium, families will not only learn what they can do to help preserve our planet, but they will also learn about what zoos and aquariums are doing to support conservation efforts 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.What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife?  Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community.

On Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the month of April, 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, 2014):

Abilene Zoo 

Akron Zoo   

 Albuquerque Biological Park       

Alexandria Zoological Park           

Aquarium of the Bay          

Aquarium of the Pacific     

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas      

Audubon Zoo          

Bergen County Zoo

Binder Park Zoo      

Binghamton Zoo     

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Bramble Park Zoo   

Brandywine Zoo     

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Brevard Zoo 

Buttonwood Park Zoo        

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 

Caldwell Zoo           

Cameron Park Zoo 

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens          


Wild Animal Park

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo       

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square    

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden        

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory  

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo       

Cosley Zoo   

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia       

Denver Zoo  

Dickerson Park Zoo

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Downtown Aquarium Denver       

El Paso Zoo 

Ellen Trout Zoo       

Elmwood Park Zoo

Erie Zoo        

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo           

Franklin Park Zoo   

Fresno Chaffee Zoo           

Georgia Aquarium  

Gladys Porter Zoo   

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History 

Greensboro Science Center         

Greenville Zoo         

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery center   

Henry Vilas Zoo      

Henson Robinson Zoo      

Houston Zoo

Hutchinson Zoo      

Indianapolis Zoo     

International Crane Foundation  

Jackson Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens    

Jenkinson's Aquarium       

John Ball Zoo          

Kansas City Zoo     

Knoxville Zoological Gardens      

Lee Richardson Zoo          

Lehigh Valley Zoo  

Lincoln Children's Zoo      

Lincoln Park Zoo    

Lion Country Safari

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park       

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens          

Louisville Zoo          

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Memphis Zoo           

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden    

Miller Park Zoo        

Milwaukee County Zoo     

Mystic Aquarium     

Naples Zoo  

Nashville Zoo          

National Aquarium 

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores        

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher 

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island   

North Carolina Zoo 

Oklahoma City Zoo 

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium        

Oregon Coast Aquarium   

Palm Beach Zoo     

Peoria Zoo   

Phoenix Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium  

Potawatomi Zoo      

Potter Park Zoo       

Pueblo Zoo  

Racine Zoo  

Red River Zoo         

Reid Park Zoo         

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          

San Antonio Zoo    

San Francisco Zoological Society           

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo  

Scovill Zoo   

SeaWorld San Antonio      

Sedgwick County Zoo       

Seneca Park Zoo    

Sequoia Park Zoo   

Shark Reef Aquarium        

Shedd Aquarium    

Smithsonian's National Zoo         

South Carolina Aquarium 

Sunset Zoo  

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo   

Texas State Aquarium       

The Birmingham Zoo         

The Buffalo Zoo      

The Calgary Zoological Society and Botanical Gardens         

The Dallas Zoo        

The Toledo Zoo       

Topeka Zoo  

Tracy Aviary 

Tulsa Zoo     

Turtle Back Zoo       

Utah's Hogle Zoo    

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center    

Virginia Living Museum    

Virginia Zoo 

WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium   

Wildlife Safari          

Woodland Park Zoo           

Zoo Miami    


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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