Score Free Tickets to the Holiday Bowl

Do you follow us on Twitter? Then we want your family of four to walk with us in the Port of San Diego Big Bay Holiday Balloon Parade AND attend the Holiday Bowl later that day–on us! Sound enticing? Tweet these exact words by 5pm on Friday, December 7th to enter to win:

I want to walk w/the @sandiegozoo in the @portofsandiego Holiday Balloon Parade AND score 4 free tix to the @HolidayBowlGame! #SDZooRocks

Everyone who tweets the exact words above will be entered to win (one tweet per user). Please only tweet the above if your family of four is available to walk in the parade on the morning of Thursday, December 27th and attend the Holiday Bowl later that evening. The winner will receive a direct message from the @sandiegozoo with more information on how to claim the prize. *Please see the terms and conditions below. Hurry and get tweeting!

Matt Steele is the social media planner for San Diego Zoo Global.

*Terms and Conditions

1. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The San Diego Zoo Holiday Bowl Give-Away (“Contest”) will be held online from 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”), December 15, 2012 (“Contest Start Date”), to 11:59 p.m. PT, January 6, 2013 (“Contest Period”). Contest is sponsored by the Zoological Society of San Diego DBA San Diego Zoo Global (the “Sponsor”) who is solely responsible for all aspects of this Contest.

2. ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America who are 18 years of age or older as of “Contest Start Date.” Sponsor’s employees and their immediate families are not eligible to participate or claim a prize. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations apply. By participating, entrants agree to abide by all terms of these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judge, and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules.

3. HOW TO ENTER. 1.) As of 12:00 a.m. PT, December 7, 2012, the entrant must:

a. Have a Twitter® account: If you are not a member, you may sign-up here: http://twitter.com

b. Tweet the specified text by 5pm on December 7th, 2012: I want to walk w/the @sandiegozoo in the @portofsandiego Holiday Balloon Parade AND score 4 free tix to the @HolidayBowlGame! #SDZooRocks

No mechanically reproduced entries will be accepted.

4. INTERNET LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the prizes using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of this termination date. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

5. SELECTIONS AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS. Winners will be determined on or after December 7th, 2012, by random selection. Winners will be notified by Twitter direct message on or after December 7, 2012 and need not be present to win. Only one winner per household. Winners will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity Release and completed IRS W-9 form within 30 days of issuance. Winners are solely responsible for all travel costs that might be required to visit the Port of San Diego Big Bay Holiday Balloon Parade and the Holiday Bowl Game. The winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected if a selected winner fails to comply with these rules, cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, or fails to return the completed and executed Affidavit and Releases in the stated time period as required, or if the prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission to use the winners’ names, likenesses, and statements for promotional and publicity purposes without additional compensation or limitation unless prohibited by law. All decisions of the Sponsor regarding the selection of winners, notification and substitution of winners in accordance with these Official Rules shall be binding and final.

6. PRIZES AVAILABLE. One (1) winner will receive four (4) spots to walk with the San Diego Zoo in the Port of San Diego Big Bay Holiday Balloon Parade and four (4) tickets to the Holiday Bowl Game on December 27, 2012. All prizes must be redeemed on December 27, 2012. The prize is not transferable, assignable, or redeemable for cash and if not used will be forfeited.

7. INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE. By entering the contest and participating in any promotions relating thereto, each entrant agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent companies, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, participating retailers, and any other companies participating in the design, administration, or fulfillment of this sweepstakes and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, harmless from any and all losses, rights, claims, injuries, damages, expenses, costs, or actions of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this sweepstakes or any sweepstakes-related activity, or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or parts thereof, including without limitation personal injuries, death, and property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

8. TAX INFORMATION. All applicable Federal, state and local tax liabilities and any other incidental expenses, fees or costs associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

9. WINNERS LIST. For an Official Winners List (available after December 7, 2012, and through June 29, 2013) or a copy of these Official Rules (PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: San Diego Zoo Global, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551.

10. SPONSOR. San Diego Zoo Global: P.O. Box 120551 San Diego, CA 92112-0551


Panda Photo Contest

Nighttime Zoo: China Celebration is all about celebrating the colorful culture and animals of China, and we wanted to have a photo contest as part of the festivities. It just so happens that one of the Chinese animals we’re celebrating, the giant panda, is also one of the most photogenic animals at the San Diego Zoo. So it seemed like a no-brainer to have a panda photo contest!

So what do you get if you win? You and three friends get the VIP treatment with our Backstage Pass! We’ll also use one second-place winner’s photo as our facebook profile pic. Photos must be taken at the Zoo and they must be of our pandas. See the rest of the terms and conditions, and upload your best panda photos, here. We’re looking forward to seeing all your beautiful bear photography. Good luck!

Matt Steele is the social media planner for San Diego Zoo Global. Read his previous post, Butterfly Jungle Preview Dinner.


Hollywood Christmas Parade

Jan Seeley rode in the Safari Park “float” in the Hollywood Christmas Parade after winning our Facebook contest. Jan has been a frequenter and loyal fan of the Safari Park since it opened and even did her rehab for her double knee replacement surgery by walking through the Park regularly.

On November 23rd I received a Facebook message from Matt Steele, the Social Media Planner for the San Diego Zoo. A few days earlier I had entered a contest on the San Diego Zoo’s facebook to tell why I would like to ride shotgun in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s entry at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. I read some of the other entries and thought they sounded much better than mine, so I didn’t give it much thought after that.

I was so surprised when I received the message giving me the particulars for the Parade, and that I would be riding in the cab of the Photo Caravan truck. I had to read it twice before I realized I had actually won! What a wonderful surprise.

I was scheduled to meet the crew on Sunday at 10:00 am at the Safari Park, but took a short detour to visit the new cheetah cub first (see post Spotted Bundle of Fur), and is he ever cute. Anyway, I met up with the crew as scheduled and once the van was loaded up we set off for Hollywood.

We arrived in Hollywood and found our way to the celebrity red carpet location, where we unloaded gift bags for all the celebrities, which was pretty cool. Everything was beautifully decorated in reds and greens, there were make-up artists working, and the dressing room for the Grand Marshal was all set up. By the time we had checked out the red carpet area the rest of the crew were beginning to arrive, so we all went to the staging area to decorate the truck for the parade.

It was really fun watching everything get decorated and come together. The Photo Caravan truck was decorated with wreaths and had a rhino statue climbing on the cab. Then our own special cheetah celebrity, Amara, arrived and took her place on the back of the safari truck. I think she thought the people were all there just for her entertainment.

The Safari Park crew with Amara, our 2-year-old cheetah animal ambassador

It was great fun watching the people watching the parade. They waved, smiled, and cheered us on when they saw the San Diego Zoo Safari Park truck with the rhino on top. And then they saw the cheetah and  their faces change from smiles to wonder that there was a “real live cheetah” on the truck. The celebrities might not agree, but I think Amara was the real star of the show!

The whole day was great, it was a long, cold, windy day, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thank you so much everyone for such a great opportunity, it’s something I will always treasure. The whole crew was fantastic and made sure I was well taken care of.

Jan riding shotgun in the Photo Caravan truck

If you don’t frequent the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, you should, and if you have never been, you need to go. We have the best zoo in the whole world and it’s a wonderful magical place to visit.

Jan Seeley

Note: You can watch the parade on Friday, December 10, at 8 a.m. on the Hallmark Channel, and on Friday, December 10, at 8 p.m. on the Hallmark Movie Channel. The parade will also be syndicated throughout December, playing at various times and dates depending on your area. Check your local listings.