****This event has been canceled****

Monday, March 1st at 11 a.m.

New York, N.Y. – First held on March 1, 1972, National Pig Day was named to honor “the ancient and venerable pig.” In keeping with tradition, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo hosts a celebration that’s nothing to snort at. The zoo’s famous “snort off” and medal ceremony will take place between 11 and 11:30 a.m.; Ceremonial sweets—pig pies—will be presented to the zoo’s popular pigs Otis and Oliver in celebration of their special day.

WHO:             WCS Central Park Zoo’s popular pot-bellied pigs, Otis and Oliver

WHAT:            National Pig Day at WCS’s Central Park Zoo.

WHEN:           Monday, March 1 – 11 a.m.

Activities include:

Snort Sports
11 – 11:30 a.m.: 
Children can snort to a panel of pressure-free judges – our pigs! Don’t worry, a “pig whisperer” will be on hand to translate to ensure there are no scandalous decisions. Snort-off and medal ceremony take place between 11am and 11:30am.

Pig Out!
11 – 11:30 a.m.: 
Ceremonial sweets – Pig Pies – will be presented to Otis and Oliver in celebration of their special day.

Pig Masks
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: 
Masquerade as the guest of honor.

Pigs Chats
Noon – 1 p.m.: 

Learn fascinating facts about Manhattan’s premier porkers.


WHERE:          WCS’s Central Park Zoo – Tisch Children’s Zoo
                        (Enter park at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue; bear right towards 65th Street)

Barbara Russo 212-439-6527, (Cell) 917-494-5493

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit www.centralparkzoo.com

Media Note:  For those members of the media who wish to attend; please contact Barbara Russo at 212-439-6527 in advance so arrangements can be made.