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Tulsa Zoo Hosts Conservation on Tap

Second Year of Brew-tasting Event to Benefit Wildlife Conservation

TULSA, Okla. (April 8, 2019)– Sip to save species from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, during the Tulsa Zoo’s second annual brew event, Conservation on Tap.

This year, 100 percent of the proceeds from Conservation on Tap will benefit the Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the study and re-establishment of Southern ground-hornbills in South Africa.

Craft beer fans will enjoy a wide variety of tastings from 25 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.

“It was wonderful to witness our first Conservation on Tap event raise over $15,000 to help save wild chinchillas,” said Jarrod Wyatt, Special Projects Manager. “The Tulsa Zoo was thrilled with our community’s engagement and the opportunity to showcase some amazing local breweries and distributors. We are eager to continue that momentum on April 26th in support of the crucial Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project. It will undoubtedly be another special evening in our Lost Kingdom exhibit complex featuring some of the best brews from around the region and support efforts to save this remarkable and charismatic bird.”

The Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project is dedicated to the conservation of Southern ground-hornbills in South Africa. For two decades, they have been working to save the species with outreach programs in schools and communities, field research, breeding, and a reintroduction program. Southern ground-hornbills are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Within South Africa, the species is classified as Endangered by the ICUN due to habitat destruction, loss of nesting trees and secondary poisoning.

“The Tulsa Zoo has supported the Mabula Ground-Hornbill project by purchasing satellite transmitters that are essential for the reintroduction project,” said Tulsa Zookeeper Seana Flossic. “There are only about 1,500 Southern ground-hornbills left in South Africa. They live in social, cooperative breeding groups, with only the alpha male and one breeding female laying eggs. The rest of the group are helpers. This means there are only about 400 breeding groups in all of South Africa. Data from this project shows that, on average, only one chick is raised to adulthood every nine years. Thus, every chick is invaluable and the transmitters help monitor the birds after release. Everyone who attends Conservation on Tap, or purchases a glass, is helping save this big, booming, beautiful bird.”

Conservation on Tap is a 21-and-up event. General tickets are $45 and include admission, 2-ounce samples, commemorative 5-ounce tasting mug and lanyard. Designated Driver tickets are available for $20. Those unable to attend the event can still support the project by purchasing a limited edition 16-ounce commemorative beer glass for $20, including shipping.

A limited number of $65 VIP tickets are available for purchase that include all general admission amenities plus early entry at 6 p.m., food vouchers and a special take-away item.

Special thanks to Lanyard Sponsor: Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits for their 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; Bricktown Brewery, Broken Arrow Brewing Company; Cabin Boys Brewery; COOP Ale Works; Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing; Eerie Abby Ales; Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM); Iron Monk Brewing Company; LDF Companies, Inc.; Marshall Brewing Company; Mike’s Hard Lemonade; New Belgium Brewery; New Era: Fine Fermentations; Nine Band Brewing at Osage Casino; Nothing’s Left Brewing Company; OK Cider Co.; Pippin’s Taproom at High Gravity Brewing Company; RAK Home Brew; Renaissance Brewing Company; Vanessa House Beer Company; Republic National Distributing Company serving Anchor Brewing, Dustbowl Brewing, Hard Frescos, John Daly, Rahr & Sons Brewing, and Unibroue; Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Oklahoma serving Avery Brewing, Benediktiner, Estrella Damm, Founders Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, Kronenbourg Brewery, Left Hand Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery, and North Coast Brewing.