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Alaska Zoo invites visitors to give back on Homeless Animals Day

Summer events continue through August with fun and educational events for all ages


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Zoo will continue its summer event lineup this August with a variety of programs focused on animal care, education and getting to know the zoo family. With programs for all ages, visitors are invited to join in the fun and learning at the Alaska Zoo’s annual Birds, Bees & Wine adult tour, Homeless Animals Day, Summer Family Nights, Toddler Programs and more this month.

Homeless Animals Day, taking place from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, will shine a special light on animals that have found permanent as well as temporary homes at the Alaska Zoo. There will be opportunities to give back to the animals who call the zoo home, and attendees will have a chance to adopt a pet from the Anchorage community that is currently in need of a forever family. Visitors who provide donations to the Alaska Zoo or event partners will receive discounted admission of $2 off. Event partners and attending animal rescue groups include Friends of Pets, Alaska SPCA, Alaska Bird Club, Alaska Humane Society and Alaska Mill, Feed & Garden Center.

“The Alaska Zoo has provided homes for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for more than 45 years. As a nonprofit, we're honored to be in a community that's willing to join us in caring for the animals who call the zoo home,” said Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi. “We’ve taken in nearly 20 animals this summer, including 11 orphaned bear cubs. Two of these cubs are already in a new home at the San Francisco Zoo, and nine are still receiving care at the Alaska Zoo until they're ready to move to permanent homes. Homeless Animals Day, in particular, is a chance for locals to give back and ensure these animals experience the top-notch care our team is dedicated to providing.”

Also in August is the Alaska Zoo’s annual Birds, Bees & Wine on Saturday, Aug. 12. This 21-and-up event offers attendees an inside look at unique mating strategies of their furred, finned and feathered friends. For younger crowds, the zoo will continue offering Summer Family Nights, sponsored by ConocoPhillips. Featuring Friday Night Live Music ranging from rock to folk and more, Summer Family Nights welcomes guests of all ages weekly from 7 – 8:45 p.m., to enjoy the tunes while sipping beverages from the coffee shop or strolling through the gift shop. Also part of the summer series are Wildlife Diaries, held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. During Wildlife Diaries programs, guests learn about a variety of animals and wildlife conservation through discussions with experts.

Furthermore, the Alaska Zoo’s year-round Toddler Programs continue every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Mondays, kids are invited to dance and sing along to children’s tunes – instruments are provided. On Wednesdays, kids partake in interactive storytelling, which features a different live animal “star” each week.

The Alaska Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through the end of August. Complete details on the upcoming zoo events for all ages are available at www.AlaskaZoo.org.

About the Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for more than 45 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of and Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, history, animals and more is available at www.AlaskaZoo.org.

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