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Photo Contest Winners Announced!

April 11, 2012

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo: News Release


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April 11, 2012                                                Mary Woods
                                                                  p: 225.775.3877


BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo announces winners of first photo contest

BATON ROUGE, La.-BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the winners of our Photo Contest sponsored by The Advocate.

175 photos were entered and 1,304 votes were cast for "Fan Favorite." The Zoo would like to extend a special thanks to our presenting sponsor, The Advocate, and our judges: Mike Dunlap, photo editor for The Advocate; John Ballance, photography manager for The Advocate; Sam Winslow, assistant zoo director and C.C. Lockwood, photographer.

Winning photographs will be published in the Zoo's Wild Times newsletter, a benefit of Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo membership, which is distributed quarterly to more than 4,500 households, businesses and governmental offices.

You may also view the winners at

Thank you for your amazing submissions and please look for our contest to return in March 2013.

Children, ages 12 and younger (NOTE: Parent or guardian must register and submit photo for this category)
Junior, ages 13 up to 18
Novice ADULT, beginners and nonprofessionals
Advanced ADULT, considerable experience to professional


Jimmy Vermeij (age 5)            1st Place
Trey Favaloro (age 9)              2nd Place
Hayden Strubb (age 7)            3rd Place

Charles McCowan                   1st Place
Patricia Gonzalez                    2nd Place
Renee Parker                         3rd Place

Novice Adult:
Lacie deClouet                        1st Place
Terrie Butler                           2nd Place
Melinda McPherson                  3rd Place

Advanced Adult:
Laura Hoffmann                        1st Place
David Howell                            2nd Place
Ginger Kraemer                        3rd Place

Fan Favorite:
Dayna Traigle

About the Zoo:

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and 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.

Visit us at

Adults and Teens: $8.25
Seniors: $7.25
Children 2-12: $5.25
1 & under: FREE

Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.
Gate and grounds open 1 hour later on weekends April through August.



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