Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Public invited to name Hope Zoo's new zebras in Flow Facebook Competition

KINGSTON, Jamaica; The arrival of three zebras at the Hope Zoo has created quite a buzz since their release from confinement earlier this month. The zebras, two females and a male, all less than a year old, are the first and only to grace the island in history.

The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation (HZPF) has teamed up with broadband provider Flow, to give two lucky Jamaicans the opportunity to name the newest additions to the Hope Zoo family.

Flow’s hosts the competition on its Flow Jamaica Facebook page until Friday, April 5. The persons who come up with the most creative names for the zebras will win the grand prize of Hope Zoo gift certificates for family of four, a one month Gymkhana gym membership and gift basket from Flow.  Runners Up who give creative names will also win prizes of Flow gift packages.  The winning names will be selected from a panel of judges representing the Hope Zoo preservation Foundation and Flow and  will be announced on Wednesday, April 10.

The HZPF successfully acquired the animals from Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari in New Jersey, as a part of its continued thrust to foster animal diversity in Jamaica under its biodiversity project.
“If we fail to action and support sustainable solutions to keep our animals safe, we'd be tragically failing ourselves and our future generations. I invite Jamaicans to participate in the revival of the Hope Zoo, which also involves our Facebook competition geared at the ‘Naming of the Zebras’. The zebras are the most recent addition to the animals at the zoo and I would like to personally invite everyone to participate in the Facebook competition and to visit the zoo to witness the first Zebras to be housed at a zoo facility on Jamaican soil,” said Kenny Benjamin, Executive Chairman of the HZPF.

Benjamin also added, “I would like to wholeheartedly thank Flow for its display of exemplary corporate and social responsibility, by coming aboard as the first corporate partner. Flow’s involvement has added to the first world standards at Hope Zoo.  Thanks to Flow, the entire zoo facility now has wireless internet connection.”

Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow, are using the social media competition to bring awareness of the work being done to restore the zoo and encourage the public to visit by getting as many Jamaicans as possible to participate in the competition.
“Social media is a powerful outreach tool and we are using our technology to build awareness of the work being done to transform the beloved landmark into a world class facilityand generate enthusiasm about the newest members of the Hope Zoo family,"  said Denise Williams,  director for corporate communications for  Columbus.
We are very proud to be a part of the work being done at the zoo and we encourage other  corporate companies to get involved and for schools to take advantage of the education opportunities the Hope Zoo provides.

This initiative is only one of several that the company will undertake as part of its $25million partnership with the HZPF. The primary outcome of the partnership and investment will be a technology driven Learning and Resource Centre which will be the centre piece of the Zoo's education programme and will enable integration with the science curriculum in Jamaica's schools. 

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