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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Coming to San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2015

Rise_Lanterns_2014_4518The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking lot will be glowing orange every weekend during October, when it hosts Rise of the Jack O’lanterns. This is the first year the Safari Park has hosted this experience, which features more than 5,000 intricately hand-carved jack o’lanterns, crafted by artists into striking displays—along a winding trail that spans a third of a mile.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is a family friendly event featuring themed carvings that include enormous dragons, larger-than-life crabs, classic cars, favorite characters and, of course, animals. The event also features music scored exclusively for The Rise, delivering a multi-sensory experience for participants.

In addition to viewing the completed displays, guests can watch as top sculptors for The Rise transform 100-pound pumpkins into artistic creations during a live carve. The surface of the trail where the event takes place is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

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Endangered Species Day Celebrated at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

#Rally4Rhinos Trending Around the World San Diego Global Sparks Campaign to Stop Poaching Students from San Pasqual Union Elementary School in Escondido were among those who lent a hand to help San Diego Zoo Global raise awareness of the plight of rhinos in the wild and the urgent need to protect these iconic endangered species for future generations.  As part of San Diego Zoo Global’s Rally 4 Rhinos campaign, the public was asked to celebrate Endangered Species Day, May 15, by spreading the word about rhino poaching, writing a rhino conservation message on their hand, taking a photo, and posting the photo to social media using the hashtag #Rally4Rhinos. The campaign spread like wildfire, reaching around the world, with postings from San Diego, the Eiffel Tower in France, Vietnam, rhino preserves in South Africa, beaches in Brazil and beyond. There are five species of rhinos – black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan. With all species together, there are less than 30,000 rhinos worldwide. Rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in history, with an average of three rhinos a day being killed in South Africa. At the current poaching rate, rhinos could become extinct in 15 years. Rhinos are poached for their horns, which are made of keratin, the same thing as human fingernails and hair.  Photo taken on May 15 by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Safari Park guests, school children, celebrities and government officials were among those who celebrated Endangered Species Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at a special Rally 4 Rhinos presented by LivingSocial. Rally 4 Rhinos seeks to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos in the wild and the urgent need to protect these iconic endangered species for future generations.

A special Rally 4 Rhinos ceremony took place at the Safari Park’s Hunte Pavilion and opened with a rhino “crash” mob, school children from San Pasqual Union Elementary dancing to a hip-hop “Rhino Romp” created by Flash Mob America. Guest speakers included William C. Woody, Chief of Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who spoke about the challenges of rhino poaching, and Randy Rieches, curator of mammals at the Safari Park, who shared information on San Diego Zoo Global’s rhino conservation efforts and collaboration with the International Rhino Foundation.

“San Diego Zoo Global has been working steadily for decades to help rhinos,” stated Rieches. “Today, we are facing a world where we may lose rhinos. Rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in history, with an average of three rhinos a day being killed in South Africa. At the current poaching rate, rhinos could become extinct in 15 years. San Diego Zoo Global is committed to preventing this from happening on our watch. We are asking everyone to spread the word that rhinos need our help – we can all be part of saving a species from extinction.”

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Rally 4 Rhinos May 15 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

san-diego-zoo-safari-park-rhinosSan Diego Zoo Global has been working for decades to help endangered species. The five species of rhino—white, black, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan—face a bleak future as they are poached for their horns. Their horn is made of keratin, the same thing as our fingernails.

Currently, a rhino is poached every 8 hours in South Africa. All combined, there are less than 30,000 rhinos remaining worldwide and at this rate rhinos could go extinct in 15 years.

Help us raise awareness of the plight of rhinos at Rally 4 Rhinos, taking place at the Safari Park’s African Plains Overlook. Safari Park personnel and invited guests will share rhino conservation information, all while having fun. Activities include entertainment by students from San Pasqual Union Elementary School and a sky art project.

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Nola Under Vet Care Again at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED NORTHERN WHITE RHINO AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK RETURNS TO THE FIELDNola, a critically endangered 40-year-old female northern white rhino, who has been under close medical watch for the past 11 days in a boma at the San Diego ZoNola, a critically endangered 41-year-old northern white rhino, is undergoing medical treatment at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Keepers noticed a swelling on Nola’s right hip late last week and began monitoring the area. The swelling continued to grow over a few days, causing concern for the elderly animal.

On Saturday, in an attempt to find out if the affected area was an abscess or something else causing the swelling, the veterinary team lanced the growth. “We found the swelling was consistent with a large abscess, filled with pus,” stated Meredith Clancy, associate veterinarian, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We were able to flush the area with sterile saline and will wait on tests results to determine what is going on with Nola.”

The rhino, a favorite of the animal care team and Safari Park guests, doesn’t appear sick outwardly so veterinarians are hoping the swelling is a walled-off abscess that isn’t affecting her systemically, or affecting her entire body. Nola has been put on a course of antibiotics as a precautionary measure. She will be carefully monitored, having the area flushed on a daily basis. Test results from fluid and tissues samples taken on Saturday should be available within a week to two weeks.

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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Descanso Gardens 2014

Rise_Lanterns_2014_4493Los Angeles is home to some of the most unique haunts and haunted attractions in the world. When it comes to Halloween, no one else touches the level, skill, and artistry found here in Southern California. That said, the region is very heavy on intense horror attractions, and surprisingly, a bit on the light side when it comes to family-friendly events and productions. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns made its debut during the 2014 Halloween season, and absolutely filled in some of that family niche that October has been missing here in Los Angeles.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is originally a New York-based attraction that made its way to the West Coast for the 2014 Halloween season. After a huge success in New York, its creators wanted to showcase their attraction at multiple venues, and their sights were set on Los Angeles. Descanso Gardens is a gorgeous botanical gardens location in the beautiful city of La Canada Flintridge, not too far from Pasadena. The Gardens and the folks from The Rise fell into a great partnership, and the event was a huge success, drawing thousands of Southern California residents to see the 1/4 mile trail filled with pumpkins carved into elaborate works of art, large-scale multi-piece sculptures, and everything in between! One of our favorite sections of the 2014 Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns show was the Dia de los Muertos zone, with illuminated pumpkins carved into intricate sugar skulls!

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