Zoo Miami: Wear pink on Oct. 1-2, get in for $10

By Lauren Vandenb
The Zoological Society of Florida and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate have formed a new partnership to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month for all South Florida.

Using the zoo as an open setting for the community to gather in support of loved ones and the cause, adults and children ages 3 and older who wear something pink on Oct. 1 and 2, will be admitted to Zoo Miami for $10. Children age 2 and under get in free. Visitors not wearing pink will be able to enter at regular admission prices.

The inaugural Pink Days event, projected as an annual program, will galvanize the community during the first weekend of October to celebrate the efforts of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and bring survivors and loved ones together for an inspiring day at Zoo Miami.

Through interactive programs such as the Tree of Wishes presented by Baptist Health Breast Center and the South Florida Ford Flamingo Garden, visitors will have a chance to make a wish or leave a memory at the zoo. Other activities will include photo opportunities, pink-themed animal enrichment, health screenings, a scavenger hunt, and more.

In addition, participants in the Oct. 15 Race for the Cure will be able to pick up their race packets or register for the race during Pink Days.

“We are committed to creating impactful relationships with organizations such as Komen and with the residents of South Florida,” said Benjamin H. Pingree, president and CEO of the Zoological Society of Florida. “Pink Days exemplifies the importance of having a healthy, vibrant zoo that is committed to education and positive family experiences, helping to strengthen our community.”

The Zoological Society of Florida and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate are looking to target a family audience with key awareness and information on breast cancer, adding an animal twist with some facts about cancer in animals.

Pink Days activities include:

• $10 admission for all visitors wearing pink;

• 15 percent off an Annual Pass for visitors wearing pink;

• Ford Warriors in Pink scarves given to the first 1,000 visitors each day;

• Commemorative pink flamingo ribbon posters;

• Souvenir pink flamingo lawn ornaments (with a donation);

• 20 percent off all pink products at the zoo gift shops, and

• Exhibitor booths with information, activities, giveaways, and screenings.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. Parking is free. Annual Pass holders and children age 2 and under enter free. For more information, visit online at www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251- 0400.


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