Let the Baby Aldabra Tortoise Race Begin

MEDIA ADVISORY

Let the Baby Aldabra Tortoise Race Begin

Media event planned 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Tulsa Zoo

TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Members of the media are invited to the Tulsa Zoo at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to watch the baby Aldabra tortoise race and interview animal care staff. This pre-race is a celebration of the upcoming Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare, happening Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Tulsa Zoo.

The Tulsa Zoo set a record last year hatching 25 Aldabra tortoises, bringing the zoo’s total hatchings to 161 Aldabra tortoises since 1999, when it started breeding this vulnerable species. Renowned for the successful breeding of the world’s second-largest tortoise species, zoo guests can see several of the tortoise hatchlings in the reptile nursery in the Conservation Center.

For 50 years, the Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare has benefited the Tulsa Zoo. This year’s baby Aldabra tortoise race is especially meaningful, being held in the future location of African Wilds: Carnivores. Proceeds from this year’s race will help fund a new home for lions, painted dogs and other African species, so future guests can experience animals like never before. Race participants have been rebuilding the zoo since 1969, helping fund new exhibits like Lost Kingdom, Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve and Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.

The Tulsa Zoo is partnering with the City of Tulsa through Tulsa Water Works to bring 650 gallons of chilled water to Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare. All runners are encouraged to bring a re-useable water bottle. To help reduce one-time-use plastic waste, only paper cups will be available, helping lower the amount of plastics in our environment.

The importance of reducing one-time use plastic will be on display as runners and their families view Washed Ashore art pieces, made entirely of plastic debris collected from beaches. Sculptures unmask the impacts of plastic pollution on oceans, waterways and wildlife and is free with regular zoo admission.

The annual run event would not be possible without generous sponsors, including Title Sponsor: Ascension St. John; Presenting Sponsor: CommunityCare; Packet Pick-Up Sponsor: New Balance Tulsa; Individual Sponsor: Linda Brown – real estate; Water Stop Sponsor: Admiral Express. Hospitality Sponsors: Balanced Bodies; Evolve Juicery & Kitchen; General Mills; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Old School Bagel Cafe; Panera Bread; Sam’s Club; Sisserou’s: A Taste of the Caribbean; Taste of the Wild Catering; The City of Tulsa; The Melting Pot, and Trader Joe’s.

For more information about Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare, visit tulsazoo.org/run or contact the zoo at (918) 669-6602.

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About the Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo is Green Country’s largest paid daily attraction, welcoming more than 700,000 guests each year, The zoo is owned by the City of Tulsa and managed by Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about the Tulsa Zoo, visit www.tulsazoo.org or call (918) 669-6600.

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