published Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Zoo serves up Cocktails for Conservation

Czar, a male snow leopard at Chattanooga Zoo, is listed as globally endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Czar, a male snow leopard at Chattanooga Zoo, is listed as globally endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
IF YOU GO

What: Cocktails for Conservation

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8

Where: Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

Admission: $30 (must be 21 and older to attend)

Phone: 697-1322

Website: www.chattzoo.org

The protection of endangered species is the primary focus of Cocktails for Conservation at Chattanooga Zoo. This year's event, scheduled Friday, Feb. 8, is expected to attract about 200 people who will be helping to raise much-needed funding for the zoo's ongoing conservation efforts, says Marisa Ogles, director of marketing and communications.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000, she says. Proceeds will benefit the zoo's many conservation projects, including the breeding of hellbenders, the largest salamanders in North America, and Kihansi spray toads, a species that is completely extinct in the wild.

In addition, proceeds will help support the zoo's Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG) as well as the Species Survival Plans for critically endangered animals.

"The funds we raise through Cocktails for Conservation allow us to continue our critical conservation efforts so that many of the world's most fascinating and beautiful creatures do not become completely extinct," says Executive Director Darde Long in a news release.

Light appetizers and beverages, including a special "conservation cocktail," will be served during the evening.

"There won't be live entertainment, but there will be music and up-close animal encounters," Ogles says.

The dress for the evening is casual work attire.

Contact staff writer Karen Nazor Hill at khill@times freepress.com or 423-757-6396. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/karennazor hill. Subscribe to her posts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karennazorhill.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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