WHAT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony to publicly open Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp—the newest and most anticipated opening in the nonprofit conservation organization’s history, will take place on March 11. Paul A. Baribault, president and chief executive officer of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, will be joined by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team members, youths from across San Diego, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, to officially open the new area to the public.
Built on the site of the former Children’s Zoo, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp is a 3.2-acre state-of-the-art, multi-ecosystem experience designed to provide guests of all ages with an up-close look at nature, promoting empathy for wildlife and encouraging future conservationists. Zoo guests will get the chance to learn about a variety of fascinating species and engage on a deeper level by utilizing full sensory and multifaceted elements, including “parallel play” opportunities, from climbing and crawling around a massive treehouse to exploring amazing water play elements; experiencing interactive touch screen games; using microscopes to reveal natural wonders; and experiencing specialized animation that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI), dynamic lighting and whole-room scented environments.
Friday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Media check-in starts at 9:00 a.m.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance staff members
Youths from across San Diego
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Once parked, head to the Zoo’s main entrance for media check-in and directions to Wildlife Explorers Basecamp.
Please call the Public Relations department at 619-685-3291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for this event, and for additional information about this media opportunity.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. The Alliance empowers people from around the globe to support their mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance supports cutting-edge conservation and brings the stories of their work back to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park—giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance extends from San Diego to strategic and regional conservation “hubs” across the globe, where their strengths—including the renowned Wildlife Biodiversity Bank—are able to effectively align with hundreds of regional partners to improve outcomes for wildlife in more coordinated efforts. By leveraging these tools in wildlife care and conservation science, and through collaboration with hundreds of partners, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has reintroduced more than 44 endangered species to native habitats. Each year, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work reaches over 1 billion people in 150 countries via news media, social media, their websites, educational resources, and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers television programming, which is in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. Success is made possible by the support of members, donors, and guests to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which are Wildlife Allies committed to ensuring all life thrives.