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June 23, 2017

Zoo seeks giraffe artists


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When you make a trip to the Oklahoma City zoo, is visiting Ursula, Noel and Ellie a must? Maybe you are anxious to see Ellie’s offspring Julu and Ketara?

Those visits to the zoo’s giraffe exhibit might be inspiration for your K-12 student to enter an art contest sponsored by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Dr Pepper. The theme this year focuses on giraffe conservation. All students (public, homeschool or on your own) from kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to participate.

Through March 31, Oklahoma students may submit their original designs based on the contest theme, “Heads Up for Conservation: Saving Giraffes” visually expressing how they would help save giraffes and protect their natural habitats. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, meeting art specifications and relevance to the contest theme. Official entry forms are available online at www.okczoo.org. Students may enter through their school, home school, civic group (e.g. Scouts), or on their own. Entries become property of the Oklahoma City Zoo and must be postmarked by March 31, 2017.

The winning designs will be unveiled during the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m.

From the zoo’s news release, the contest is in its twelfth year.

This year’s contest theme, “Heads Up for Conservation: Saving Giraffes”, highlights the global crisis surrounding the critically endangered giraffe population. Over the past 30 years, the wild giraffe population has declined by 40 percent due to limited living space, poaching and disease, putting them in danger of extinction. With only 80,000 giraffes remaining in the wild, it’s time to raise awareness for these gentle giants.

Two grand prize winners will receive a $300 Visa gift card courtesy of First Security Bank, a certificate and their design will become the cover of a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo for an entire year to be admired by an estimated one million Zoo guests in 2017. Additional winners will receive certificates and Visa gift cards ranging from $25 to $100, all courtesy of First Security Bank. All contest participants will also be entered in a random drawing on April 3, 2017, to win $1,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) account. To enter the drawing to win the OCSP prize, students must submit a design on an official contest entry form. Students may submit more than one contest design but their name will only be entered once to win the OCSP prize.

The Zoo encourages students to draw inspiration from visiting its giraffe herd, you know the way, toward the Savana Exhibit past Grant’s gazelle and Grevy’s zebra.

Let us know if your student enters the contest so we can check back with the zoo about the winners on April 22!

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