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Conservation on Tap Sells Out

TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2018) –Tulsa Zoo’s inaugural beer-tasting event benefiting wildlife conservation has sold out. Thank you for helping us save species.

Sip to save species from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 27, during the Tulsa Zoo’s first beer-tasting event, Conservation on Tap.

This year, 100 percent of the proceeds from Conservation on Tap will benefit Save the Wild Chinchillas, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to restoring essential habitat for endangered Chilean chinchillas.

Craft beer fans will enjoy a wide variety of tastings from more than 20 of Oklahoma’s finest breweries and distributors, as well as other libations, including hard cider and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests will wander the Lost Kingdom after-hours, savoring 2-ounce samples while exploring the new exhibit complex. Live music, yard games and animal encounters will entertain patrons, while sweet and salty treats, available for purchase, will satisfy appetites.

“The zoo has imagined hosting an event like this for years,” said Richard Kotarsky, curator of wildlife conservation and scientific advancement. “With the popularity of craft breweries in Tulsa exploding, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to engage zoo patrons in a conservation project.”

Save the Wild Chinchillas, Inc. has helped restore habitat for a species once believed to be extinct in their native range. During the turn of the last century, excessive hunting for the fur trade greatly reduced the number of wild chinchillas. While hunting is now forbidden, the last known habitat for wild chinchillas continues to be destroyed. Save the Wild Chinchillas, Inc. works directly with the local community in central Chile, creating and improving habitat. They collect seeds from the Chilean mountains, germinate them in a modest nursery and transplant seedlings into restoration areas.

“Many people do not realize that chinchillas are critically endangered,” said Kotarsky. “The Tulsa Zoo has supported Save the Wild Chinchillas, Inc. since 2014 with revenue from membership and admissions. We get a lot of bang for our conservation buck, supporting a small organization doing such great work. ”

Conservation on Tap is a 21-and-up event. General tickets are $45 and include admission, unlimited 2-ounce samples, commemorative 5-ounce tasting mug and lanyard. Designated Driver tickets are available for $20. VIP tickets, for $65, are already sold out. Special thanks to Lanyard Sponsor: Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits for its support.

This event would not be possible without the participation from the following breweries, distributors and home brewers: American Solera; Angry Scotsman Brewing; Anthem Brewing; Broken Arrow Brewing Company; Cabin Boys Brewery; COOP Ale Works; Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing; Eerie Abby Ales; Fellowship of Oklahoma Alemakers; High Gravity Brewing serving in Pippin’s Taproom; Iron Monk Brewing Company; Marshall Brewing Company; Nine Band Brewing at Osage Casino; Nothing’s Left Brewing Company; New Era: Fine Fermentations; OK Cider Co.; RAK Home Brew; Rapture Brewing; Renaissance Brewing Company; Roughtail Brewing Co.; Vanessa House Beer Company; and Republic National Distributing Company serving Bitter Sisters Brewing Co., Core Brewing & Distilling Co., Elk Valley Brewing, Full Sail Brewing Co., Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Schilling Hard Cider, and Tallgrass Brewing Co.