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Party for the planet at the Louisville Zoo


The Louisville Zoo is hosting a month-long "Party for the Planet" to celebrate Earth Day.  Spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger shows a Greek tortoise, as she explains what the zoo has planned for their big Earth Day weekend.

Facts about Greek tortoises:

- Their range is Mediterranean - primarily the islands of the Mediterranean, Greece, Turkey

-Turtles and tortoises have hard, protective shells that are made up of 59 to 61 bones covered by plates. Like your bones, a turtle's shell is part of its skeleton. The turtle cannot crawl out of it, because the shell is permanently attached to the spine and the rib cage. Turtles can feel pressure and pain through their shells, just as you can feel pressure through your fingernails.

* The sex of the eggs is determined by incubation temperatures. At lower temperatures, the hatchlings will be male, at higher temperatures the hatchlings will be female. Average temperatures will produce mixed clutches.

Party for the Planet: A month long celebration of the Earth

Shredding Event

Saturday, April 24

DDC of Kentucky paper shredding will be at the Zoo shredding papers, folders, ID & credit cards. (11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the bus parking lot.) Please remove papers from binders and remove all carbon paper before bringing them to the Zoo. All of the shredded paper will be recycled to help reduce the amount of raw materials needed to make new products as well as keeping shredding out of landfills.

Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 25

Eco-partner displays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 It's a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day! You can learn about the Zoo's conservation efforts and visit environmental displays by some of our eco- partners at four stations set up throughout the Zoo.

The first 1,000 guests to bring in an old cell phone to donate to the Zoo's cell phone recycling program will receive a FREE "I Helped Save Gorillas" cloth tote bag from E.ON U.S. and Eco-Cell, the Zoo's partner in cell phone recycling.

Then be sure to pick up your free copy of the Toyota Backyard Action Hero Magazine. Come join the fun and learn what you can do to help save our planet!

 Special discount admission is just $2 per person all day, courtesy of E.ON U.S.

 For information on this and other events at the Louisville Zoo, go to

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