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Party for the Planet™ At Your Zoo And Aquarium

Silver Spring, MD - What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? More than 120 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing a Party for the Planet™, making it the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America!

Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community. Party for the Planet™ festivities feature environmental education activities, amazing animal encounters and fantastic family fun.


YOU and your AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium.


Party for the Planet™ to celebrate Earth Day!

WHEN: April 16-24, 2011 (Earth Day is April 22)

WHERE: To find the Party for the Planet™ nearest you, please visit 

Check back frequently for updates!

This year, Party for the Planet™ is sponsored by Disneynature's African Cats, coming to theaters Earth Day, April 22nd. To view the movie trailer or download educational materials, please visit

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, please visit


An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”).  An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theaters worldwide beginning on Earth Day 2011.  For more information about the movie and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, check out

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