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Celebrate Spring At Earth, Paws And Claws

Media Alert: Thursday, March 31, 2011


March 31, 2011

Patty Peters                                                       
Associate Zoo Director Community Relations

WHAT:           Earth, Paws and Claws is a spring event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This year’s event is a combination of past special events, Eggs Paws and Claws and Earth Day Celebration.
WHO:            Activities are available to all guests upon purchase of admission.
WHEN:           Friday April 22 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE:       Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
WHY:              This year’s two-day spring celebration consists of several activities and attractions including an egg hunt for our animals, more than 20 treat and conservation stations, several animal experiences, kid friendly entertainment and more.
This year’s event, sponsored by Nationwide and Pepsi, also marks the debut of Aqua Bunny who will swim down Coral Trail and deliver springtime treats to the fish of Discovery Reef. 
In addition, guests can celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s ride region, Jungle Jack’s Landing, with the purchase of a ride wristband ($8 dollars.)
The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2011
Character Ambassador Meet and Greets   4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8 p.m.
Egg Hunt for our Animals     5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Aqua Bunny        6 p.m.
Character Carrot Caravans     6 p.m., 7:15 p.m.
Radio Disney Road Crew     5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
Animals on Safari Show      5 p.m.
WVCO Station Appearance     4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
CD101 Green Team Appearance    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Character Ambassador Meet and Greets         10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4p.m.
Egg Hunt for our Animals     10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aqua Bunny       11 a.m., 3 p.m.
Character Carrot Caravans  10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m.,  1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Radio Disney Road Crew     11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Animal Encounters (Saturday only)    11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days a year 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Labor Day.  General admission is $14.00 for adults, $9.00 for children ages 2 to 9 and $10.00 for seniors 60+.  Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free.  The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.)  For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit
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