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Santa Fe College and the AZA Team Up With Top Country Artists for “All Together For Animals” Virtual Benefit Concert
March 26, 2021
Press release from Santa Fe College
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announce an interactive virtual music benefit concert – “ALL TOGETHER FOR ANIMALS.” This all-star benefit concert will feature streamed original performances from Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter, and Wynonna! The event emcee is Cody Alan, host of Country Music Television’s Hot 20 Countdown and of iHeartRadio’s CMT After Midnite and CMT Radio Live.
The program, produced by Contemporary Productions in St. Louis, Mo., builds awareness of the financial impact AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising funds for these facilities.
On average, the SF Teaching Zoo welcomes more than 60,000 visitors a year. The COVID shutdown has dropped attendance to under 20,000 over the last 12 months. The drastic loss of attendance and the associated revenue directly impacted the zoo’s mission of adding value to the lives of students, enriching the community, and improving the future for wildlife.
“During the shutdown, we continued educating our students in our one-of-a-kind Zoo Animal Technology Program, by creating social distancing and sanitation procedures which kept everyone safe,” said Christina Arnold, Office Manager of the SF Teaching Zoo. “Our community education continued through free online engagements such as Zoom Birthday parties, Facebook live events, and virtual keeper chats. Even during a global pandemic, conservation continues and is a core function of our mission. We worked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring an endangered Florida Key Deer to our zoo to care for him; we continued to care for the endangered Perdido Key beach mouse, as well as the most endangered bird in the United States, the Florida grasshopper sparrow. All of our activities continued because they are part of our mission, however, it is a challenge with the reduction in revenue from our admissions.”
The performances for the concert were shot on location at the AZA-accredited Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and at the Steel Mill studios in Nashville, Tenn.