NORFOLK, VA – The Virginia Zoo is inviting all inquiring minds, educators, area professionals and science enthusiasts to learn about its exciting partnership with the New Nature Foundation (NNF), a non-profit in Uganda.
Bring your co-workers, plan a team-building event or come to network at Cocktails and Conservation on March 29, from 6 to 8 pm. Attendees will hear from the NNF’s leadership and learn about their partnership with the Zoo, what their five science centers teach in Uganda, plus how everyone can make a difference. Networking will begin at 6 pm with the Zoo’s own animal ambassadors, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed by the presentation.
“This is a great evening to learn how the Zoo impacts people and the planet beyond our Norfolk roots,” said Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo. “This program isn’t just for those in the education and science fields, it’s for anyone wanting to learn more about making a difference for tomorrow’s generation,” Bockheim added.
In 2017, the Zoo began a partnership with the NNF to expand education programs globally in Uganda through a grant from the World Association of Zoos and Aquarium. This project expands an existing curriculum to focus on sustainable cooking initiatives, creating educational, fun and moving opportunities for Ugandan families and students to enjoy the wonders of their own forests and backyards. In some cases, opening opportunities for Ugandan children to see primates, like chimpanzees, in the wild and close to their homes.
Tickets to the event are $15 and are available for purchase at http://virginiazoo.org/events/cocktails-and-conservation-2/. Space is limited, purchase your tickets today!
About the Virginia Zoo
The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 500 exceptional animals representing over 100 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.
About the New Nature Foundation
The New Nature Foundation (NNF) is a non-profit organization in Uganda and Vietnam that strives to protect wild animals and wild places through education, empowerment and an emphasis on creative solutions that promote people living in harmony with nature. Learn more at www.newnaturefoundation.org