media advisory: DEDICATION of EXPEDITION TANZANIA at REID PARK ZOO

WHEN: 4:30 to 7:00 PM, Friday, March 23, 2012

WHERE: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716

WHAT: Reid Park Zoological Society invites supporters of Reid Park Zoo’s new elephant habitat, Expedition Tanzania¸ to celebrate the completion of the exhibit. The seven-acre addition includes a state-of-the-art habitat for elephants as well as a “pachyderm patio” featuring educational elements. The expansion will also accommodate the future needs of accredited zoos and their elephant populations. Refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided. Please note that this event is by invitation only.

MEDIA NOTE:
A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 PM. Media covering the dedication of the new Expedition Tanzania exhibit may enter the Zoo at the main entrance at 3400 E. Zoo Court.  Program is expected to begin approximately at 4:45 PM with ribbon cutting and the first public viewing of the elephants in the exhibit to follow.

SCHEDULE OF OPENING EVENTS:
●Friday, March 23, 2012 – 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and opening celebration
●Sunday, March 25, 2012 – Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Member’s Preview Days (please note that the exhibit opens at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 25, 2012)
●Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Public Grand Opening

Media welcome to attend all.

For additional information on this release, please contact:
Zak Winfield
Phone: 520-881-4753 ext. 17
Cell: 520-305-9251
E-mail: zak@tucsonzoo.org
Website: http://www.tucsonzoo.org