by Coachella Valley | May 20, 2016 6:55 am
The Living Desert is dedicated to the conservation of endangered wildlife and participates in several Species Survival Plans. The Zoo actively protects wildlife on a local, national and global scale, so Endangered Species Day is a special day at #TheLivingDesert. #CoachellaValley
Throughout the day, Friday, May 20 animal keepers will conduct chats and educate zoo-goers of ways they can help threatened animals thrive. Activities on this day are free to members and with paid admission.
10:30am WLP Show
11:00am Cuvier’s Gazelle & AG Hornbill
11:30am Native Wildlife Conservation @ Hospital
12:00pm Striped Hyena
12:30pm Reptile Encounter @ Hospital
1:00pm Village Reptile Show
1:30pm Mexican Wolf
2:00pm Grevy’s Zebra
2:30pm Desert Tortoise @ EC Orientation room
3:00pm Animal Encounter @ Discovery
What if your favorite wildlife animal vanished?
Friday, May 20th is Endangered Species Day and The Living Desert will raise awareness of the work the zoo does to save animals from extinction and will also highlight the public’s role in saving species. Throughout the day we will demonstrate a variety of ways to help the public consider what it would be like not to be able to see, learn or connect with these incredible animals again.
Through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild.
For example, the amazing cheetah, the fastest land mammal on earth, once numbered more than 100,000 in the wild. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 12,000 due to human-animal conflict and shrinking habitats. AZA SAFE will bring together AZA accredited zoos and aquariums working together with conservation partners to create a real future for cheetahs in Africa.
For more information, follow the online conversation on May 20 via#savingspecies or visit AZAsavingspecies.org to learn more.
On Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day, The Living Desert will recognize the men and women who serve our country with 50 percent off admission. All active duty, reserve and retired U.S. military personnel, police officers, firemen, EMTs and up to six members of their families will receive the discounted admission (with proper identification).
Make sure you take time to spot all of the babies that were born this spring at the zoo. See if you can spot all six, including three warthog piglets, an African Crested Porcupine, a Cuvier’s gazelle and a Bighorn Sheep.
The Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.LivingDesert.org or call (760) 346-5694.
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