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Art Gone Wild BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and Baton Rouge Parents Magazine present an art contest with a “wild” side

October 27, 2011

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo with Baton Rouge Parents Magazine are excited to announce our first art contest. Let tigers, peacocks, rhinos or the African crowned crane be your inspiration, and let you inner artist go WILD. The grand prize winner will receive an original painting by Bozie, the Zoo's female Asian elephant.

"Education comes in many forms and art is an important aspect for developing the whole child. By partnering with BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo for such a unique experience, we are giving children and families the chance to see the Zoo's animals and wildlife through new eyes," says Theresa Payment, Associate Publisher/Editor for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine.  She adds, "Education can be fun and what better way to learn than during a family outing at the zoo?" 

The Zoo invites artists of all ages and experience levels to paint whatever furry, feathered or scaly creature inspires them most. Visit for exciting art ideas, how-to's and more and for categories, rules, registration forms and prize information by category.

"The Zoo is honored to partner with Baton Rouge Parents Magazine to bring Art Gone Wild to our community," said Zoo Director Phil Frost. "Nature has served as inspiration for artists for centuries. We are thrilled to offer this new opportunity to connect people with animals, highlighting their amazing beauty and our community's extraordinary, talented artists."

Our facebook fans will vote for the winners, and artists' families and friends will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite art in each category in person during ZooLights, the Zoo's new holiday event. Visit ZooLights the weekend of December 8, 9, 10 & 11 to see all submissions displayed and to vote for your favorites. ZooLights begins November 25 and visitors will enjoy the lights and displays of all your favorite Zoo animals and holiday traditions. Walk through the Zoo and be amazed by larger than life and animated light displays. Dinner and refreshments available at the Flamingo Café.

About Baton Rouge Parents Magazine:
Family Resource Group Inc, is the parent company for Baton Rouge Parents MagazineExpecting Baton Rouge Baby, Baton Rouge Grand, Special Parents and our newest member for the Northshore area,  Northshore Parents.  Louisiana's state capital is home to more than 96,000 families and is listed as one of the top 10 cities in the south with dual-income families with children. Of these households, seventy percent are home to children whose parents are dual-earners with busy schedules and lives. That is where we come in. To help them find information about the products and services they need for their families. Our primary goal is to provide information for parents and families in the Greater Baton Rouge area. In addition, we have a vision to partner with large and small businesses that share our core value, "What the child becomes, the community becomes." We firmly believe in that core value, and so our resources are devoted to providing necessary information to help parents and families raise healthy, happy families and productive children. The success of our publication results from a heartfelt and profound commitment to children, families and the community we call home.

About BREC's Baton Rouge 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 new 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.

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Adults and Teens: $7.00

Seniors: $6.00

Children 2-12: $4.00

1 & under: FREE


Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

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