Philadelphia Zoo's Polar Bears 'Choose' Senator Barack Obama's Running Mate

Philadelphia - August 21, 2008 On Friday, August 22nd, at 11:00 A.M., the Zoo's polar bears will "paws" and "choose" Senator Obama's VP running mate by "selecting" the box with the name of the polar bears' "choice" of Democratic running mate. This special polar bear VP selection event will lead into the weekend-long Philadelphia Zoo Bear Awareness Days, happening 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th.

From the polar cap to our own backyards, bears have fascinated people for decades. During Bear Awareness Days at the Zoo, guests will learn un-BEAR-ably interesting tidbits about bears' lives and also learn about the Zoo's different bear species, why polar bears are endangered and how people can help polar bears from their own home. Bear Awareness Days include interactive activities, craft making stations for kids of all ages, education stations, keeper talks and more

All Bear Awareness Days activities on both Saturday and Sunday are free with Zoo Admission!

Visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo can also learn more about polar bears and climate change because America's First Zoo is one of Polar Bear International's "Arctic Ambassador Centers," joining other partner zoos throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

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