PG&E Sponsors International Red Panda Day Celebration at Sequoia Park Zoo
EUREKA – International Red Panda Day was celebrated on Sunday (Sept. 29) at the Sequoia Park Zoo, thanks to the sponsorship of PG&E. The day included red panda themed activities.
Volunteers from PG&E hosted a variety of activity stations during the day. The volunteers painted faces in red panda themes, airbrushed temporary tattoos and handed out prizes.
The zoo also had other activities to celebrate International Red Panda Day. That included a coloring station where children took the Panda Guardian Pledge, a location to watch the Red pandas create some of their unique paw-print paintings, and a raffle. Keeper talks provided details about the lives of the red pandas throughout the day.
“Celebrating International Red Panda Day at Sequoia Park Zoo is a lot of fun and can really make a difference in their conservation in the wild,” said Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler. “All of the proceeds raised from the raffle and face painting directly support threatened red pandas in their native Himalayas through the Red Panda Network.”
In addition to its sponsorship of this free day at the zoo, PG&E contributed $25,000 to help build the bald eagle aviary, part of the Watershed Heroes project scheduled to open next summer.
“PG&E is excited to help lead the charge in supporting this important educational exhibit at the Sequoia Park Zoo,” said PG&E Regional Leadership Director Jon Little. “We are pleased to support the bald eagle aviary exhibit as part of our long-standing commitment to avian protection.”
Little presented PG&E’s check at a brief ceremony on Sunday. The zoo also presented a check to the Red Panda Network to support the conservation of Red pandas in the wild.
“This generous gift arrives at the perfect time as we reach out to the community for support in bridging the funding gap to complete this project,” says Chuck Dominick, Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation president. ”We very much appreciate this generous commitment from PG&E and for their continued investment in our community.”
Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. For more information visit: www.sequoiaparkzoo.net.