Whole Foods Market representatives presented Zoo Miami Foundation and Zoo Miami leaders and staff with a check for almost $40,000 as part of the natural and organic grocer’s 5% Day Community Giving Program.  Back on August 31, all six local Whole Foods Market stores (Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Downtown, South Beach, North Miami and Aventura) invited guests to shop in their stores in order to donate 5% of the day’s net sales to Zoo Miami Foundation.

The proceeds from this day will bring endangered species awareness and Florida Everglades education to Miami-Dade students through the Foundation’s Education Department.

“We are grateful to have community partners like Whole Foods Market, who selected Zoo Miami Foundation as part of their giving program.  We are also thankful to Whole Foods Market customers who shopped on that day to support the zoo,” said Bill Moore, Zoo Miami Foundation President & CEO.

Whole Foods Market is passionate about supporting local community causes and organizations. Four times per year, each store holds community giving days called “5% Days”, when they donate 5% of the day’s net sales to a local nonprofit or educational organization that reflects a cause that shoppers and neighbors care about.

Zoo Miami Foundation’s Education Department will provide multiple outreaches with educators and ambassador animals to 1,155 children in 21 classes in Miami-Dade.  Each class will also receive an Adopt-An-Animal Alligator package and have the opportunity to enter into a competition to create the best animal enrichment item of their choice.  The top 3 classes will receive a Behind the Scenes during their Zoo Miami field trip.  With this robust programming, Zoo Miami will create a deeper connection within each child to the animals and natural world.

“We are excited to further expose students to the Everglades and endangered species in order for them to understand that science is not only important but also fun.  Being that they are the next generation of eco-heroes, these lessons will be stepping stones to building our future leaders,” said Jessica Parks, Zoo Miami Foundation Interim Education Director.