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Sundara, left, and Rudy


Earth Day Network Releases Teach-In Toolkits for Earth Day 2017

Washington, DC – In preparation for Earth Day on April 22nd, Earth Day Network has launched five toolkits to encourage and inspire local leaders to engage their communities in environmental activism. In line with the theme for 2017, Environmental and Climate Literacy, teach-ins will be held simultaneously around the world as tribute to the first Earth Day in 1970.

This year, Earth Day Network is co-organizing the March for Science rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than 100,000 science marches and teach-ins are being organized in the United States, in India and in other countries. “We are especially pleased that scientists are reaching out to EDN and the environmental community to participate in Earth Day and our worldwide activities,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

The first toolkit, “Earth Day Action Toolkit: Educating and Activating Communities for Change,” is a general guide on how to organize an event in local communities, ranging from more teach-ins to reforestation events. The second, “Environmental Teach-in Toolkit,” gives details on what an Earth Day teach-in can accomplish and how to effectively and efficiently organize one. The third, “Global Day of Conversation Toolkit for Local Governments” promotes the Global Day of Conversation campaign, where local governments can learn how to discuss the quality of environmental education with their constituents. The fourth, “MobilizeU: Campus Teach-In Toolkit,” provides step-by-step instructions for colleges and universities to host their own teach-ins. We also have comprehensive Guides and Resources for Communities of Faith. And a toolkit for Climate Education week will be available shortly.

Toolkits and other resources can be found on the Earth Day Network website, http://www.earthday.org/earthday/toolkits/

“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concept of climate change and inspired by environmental education to act in defense of the planet,” said Rogers.

The teach-in technique was deployed at the first Earth Day in 1970, where concerned citizens gathered across the country to learn about environmental degradation. The activism that followed led to the passing of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which are considered landmark legislation in environmental protection.

Earth Day Network works in 192 countries is a catalyst for action and more than 1 billion people are expected to participate in this year’s marches, teach-ins and actions. EDN is asking organizers to register their events on Earth Day Network’s website. This can be done at http://www.earthday.org/register/.

COLUMBUS ZOO IS HIRING FOR SUMMER POSITIONS

WHAT: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will host three Seasonal Job Fairs for potential applicants to apply and interview for employment at the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay and Safari Golf Club. Zoombezi Bay is hiring 300 positions before the water park opens on May 20.

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. (Columbus Zoo Job Fair)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. (Zoombezi Bay Job Fair)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 5-7:30 p.m. (Lifeguard Open Interviews)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. (Columbus Zoo Job Fair)

WHERE: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Activity Pavilion

WHY: The Columbus Zoo, Zoombezi Bay and Safari Golf Club are currently looking for talented individuals with a desire for fun and exciting spring and summer jobs.

Open interviews will be held on Saturday, April 1 and Thursday, May 4 for positions at the Columbus Zoo, including food and beverage, retail, rides and grounds maintenance.

Zoombezi Bay will host its job fair on Thursday, April 6 for the following positions: lifeguards, food and beverage, cabana servers, bartenders, retail, Zoombezi Bay guest relations, rides and more.

In addition, Zoombezi Bay is hiring lifeguards for the summer season and invites applicants to attend an open interview aptly called “swimmerview” on Tuesday, April 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Worthington Natatorium.

Participants must bring a swimsuit as they will need to complete the basic water skills test before they move on to the interview portion. Once hired, Zoombezi Bay offers full lifeguard certification and training at no cost to employees.

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information on the Seasonal Job Expo and to apply online; please visit www.columbuszoo.org.

COLUMBUS ZOO ELEPHANT HERD GROWS BY TWO

Two female Asian elephants arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in November as part of the Zoo’s ongoing commitment to elephant care and conservation. With the arrival of 14-year-old Rudy and eight-year-old Sundara (Sunny), the Columbus Zoo’s herd now comprises four female and two male elephants. Sisters Sunny and Rudy were born at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation and came to the Columbus Zoo as part of the Center’s commitment to sustainability of Asian elephants.

These new female elephants reinforce the Zoo’s commitment to providing excellent elephant care. Research released this year on the welfare of zoo elephants shows that larger herd size and providing female elephants the opportunity to reproduce are strong indicators of animal welfare.

“We’re proud of our elephant facility which includes one of the largest indoor spaces among all accredited North American zoos and exceeds the standards of our accrediting organization, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),” said president and CEO Tom Stalf. “The expertise of our staff, as well as the size and quality of our elephant facility, means we can meet the social needs of our elephants by keeping them in herds.”

The hope is the male elephants at the Columbus Zoo, Hank and Beco, will breed with the two new females and produce calves. Offspring would belong to the Columbus Zoo and contribute to the genetic diversity of Asian elephants in North American zoos as part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan. To date, two elephants have been born at the Columbus Zoo; Bodhi in 2004 and Beco in 2009.

With wild Asian elephants listed as an endangered species, every birth is important as a hedge against extinction. Fragmented wild populations, agriculture, deforestation and conflict with humans pose a constant threat to Asian elephants in the wild. Research released over the summer states that having elephants in accredited zoos like Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is increasingly important for conservation.

“The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has long supported elephant conservation initiatives in both Africa and Asia ranging from the research of the social behavior of the species through satellite tracking in Malaysia, to supporting awareness campaigns in Sri Lankan schools to reduce human-elephant conflict that threatens the lives of both people and elephants,” said the Zoo’s vice president of conservation, Dr. Michael Kreger.

“We are excited to partner with the Columbus Zoo and share our passion for the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant species,” said Dr. Dennis Schmitt, Ringling Bros. Chair of Veterinary Care. “By working together with zoos and other institutions, both in the United States and elephant range countries, we can increase the population of Asian elephants and save them from extinction,” he added.

Following standard protocol, Sunny and Rudy were kept in quarantine before being introduced to the other Columbus Zoo elephants and Zoo visitors.

About Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates The Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

About Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7-acre water park operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is a summer destination designed for all age groups. The park’s attractions include the newly renovated SoundSurfer, the first waterslide in the country to incorporate light and audio effects, and Baboon Lagoon, an imaginative, multi-level play structure with a 1,000-gallon bucket dump. Zoombezi Bay also features 17 state-of-the-art water slides, wave and kiddie pools, action and lazy rivers, private cabanas, and more. Established in 2008, Zoombezi Bay has attracted guests beyond central Ohio; in 2016, “Parents Magazine” named Zoombezi Bay as one of the top 10 water parks in America. Admission to Zoombezi Bay includes the Columbus Zoo, and proceeds from the water park support the Zoo’s operation and mission. Please visit www.zoombezibay.com for more information.

Sundara, left, and Rudy
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Staff Reports

Earth Day Network Releases Teach-In Toolkits for Earth Day 2017

Washington, DC – In preparation for Earth Day on April 22nd, Earth Day Network has launched five toolkits to encourage and inspire local leaders to engage their communities in environmental activism. In line with the theme for 2017, Environmental and Climate Literacy, teach-ins will be held simultaneously around the world as tribute to the first Earth Day in 1970.

This year, Earth Day Network is co-organizing the March for Science rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than 100,000 science marches and teach-ins are being organized in the United States, in India and in other countries. “We are especially pleased that scientists are reaching out to EDN and the environmental community to participate in Earth Day and our worldwide activities,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

The first toolkit, “Earth Day Action Toolkit: Educating and Activating Communities for Change,” is a general guide on how to organize an event in local communities, ranging from more teach-ins to reforestation events. The second, “Environmental Teach-in Toolkit,” gives details on what an Earth Day teach-in can accomplish and how to effectively and efficiently organize one. The third, “Global Day of Conversation Toolkit for Local Governments” promotes the Global Day of Conversation campaign, where local governments can learn how to discuss the quality of environmental education with their constituents. The fourth, “MobilizeU: Campus Teach-In Toolkit,” provides step-by-step instructions for colleges and universities to host their own teach-ins. We also have comprehensive Guides and Resources for Communities of Faith. And a toolkit for Climate Education week will be available shortly.

Toolkits and other resources can be found on the Earth Day Network website, http://www.earthday.org/earthday/toolkits/

“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concept of climate change and inspired by environmental education to act in defense of the planet,” said Rogers.

The teach-in technique was deployed at the first Earth Day in 1970, where concerned citizens gathered across the country to learn about environmental degradation. The activism that followed led to the passing of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which are considered landmark legislation in environmental protection.

Earth Day Network works in 192 countries is a catalyst for action and more than 1 billion people are expected to participate in this year’s marches, teach-ins and actions. EDN is asking organizers to register their events on Earth Day Network’s website. This can be done at http://www.earthday.org/register/.