Earth Day celebration at Louisville Zoo draws thousands

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Posted on April 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Thousands of people were at the Louisville Zoo on Sunday to celebrate Earth Day.

Sunday’s Earth Day Festival included a tree planting ceremony as well interactive eco-themed displays and exhibits.

Zoo admission was reduced to $2 for the day due to a sponsorship with LG&E.

Polar Bears International partnered with the Louisville Zoo to show the community ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
 
Robert Buchanan, President & CEO of Polar Bears International said they were “working very, very hard educating kids in terms of understanding how to make sure that their children will be able to see wildlife in the future, and understanding the easy things that can be done to make sure that this precious planet that we live on will actually breathe and live for billions of years to come.”

Qannik, the polar bear, who is part of the Glacier Run exhibit at the Zoo, was also part of Sunday’s Earth Day education.

Zoo employees explained that burning fossil fuels makes the ice that polar bears depend on disappear, which means one day, so will the polar bears.
 

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