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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Volunteers Honored for Service at Hogle Zoo (SLC: Jan 15)

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Lindsey Sine
435-602-9702 lsine@hoglezoo.org

Volunteers Honored for Service at Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 12) - With over 19,816 hours of service hours logged, volunteers at Utah's Hogle Zoo will be honored during The Hogle Awards luncheon in January for their extraordinary contribution to the Zoo. A group of the volunteers will also be recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment, during the ceremony on Jan. 15 at 1:30.

"This party is designed to acknowledge all their hard work and is one of my favorite duties to perform as the volunteer coordinator. As a past volunteer myself, I remember how nice it was to be recognized in such a fun and exciting way," Hogle Zoo Volunteer Coordinator Makayla Barrandey said. "There is nothing I can't ask of our volunteers, they are always so eager to help the keeper staff out, especially when it means they get to learn more about one of their favorite animals."

In addition to the incredible amount of hours they spent, the volunteers, who commit one year to working at the Zoo, talked to over 204,809 guests and traveled over 122,485 miles around the state spreading information on conservation and educating Utah's youth about animals.

Volunteers are also awarded for years of volunteer service, for different volunteering duties and even for how far they travel from their home.

Each recipient of a "Hogle" award will get a collectors plate. Those volunteers who donated over 300 hours will also receive a framed picture of one of our beloved animals with an inscription of their name and hours completed. A couple of volunteers will also be recognized with a glazed plate painted by Christie, one of our African Elephants.

For the first time in the history of the awards Hogle Zoo will also be giving the Presidents Volunteer Service Award to 70 of its active volunteers who qualified for 38 bronze, 15 silver, 13 gold and four lifetime achievement recipients. Each recipient will get a letter of recognition from the President of the United States, an awards certificate and a lapel pin.

The Presidents Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, the award is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.

The ceremony will begin at 1:30, and will be preceded by a private lunch for volunteers. For more information on volunteering at Utah's Hogle Zoo visit hoglezoo.org. Applications for summer are open till March 1.
Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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