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Oakland Zoo Teams up with PG&E for Year Four of Summer Internship Program

Oakland, CA …July 13, 2015 – Oakland Zoo teams up with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and local youth organizations for year four of the PG&E Youth Employment Training Internship Program. The goal of the internship program is to create jobs and develop informed citizens that are capable of understanding complex issues and making educated decisions about the future of our environment. Oakland Zoo’s Youth Internship and Employment Training Project will train, engage, and motivate underserved teens and young adults in Alameda County to develop an awareness of the jobs available to students with a background in science, cultivate an interest and sustain a working knowledge of these careers, and ultimately prepare students for careers in science and its related fields.

There are a total of ten interns participating in 2015, and they are split into three categories: Health and Science (Animal Care, Conservation and Research and Veterinary departments), Land Management (Grounds and Horticulture departments), and Business (Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, and Marketing departments). Young people were referred to this internship program by several local youth employment organizations. East Bay based non-profits, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work program and Youth Uprising (YU) are two of Oakland Zoo’s community partners that helped find interns for this program. “Oakland Zoo representatives have committed themselves to working directly with Bridges counselors to create interview opportunities for young adults who are ready to work,” said Andrew Selby, Employer Representative II, Marriott Foundation, Bridges from School to Work. “In the last several years, over thirty Bridges participants have been hired at the Zoo, giving them invaluable experience and skills to help prepare them for future success. Through this partnership, the Oakland Zoo continuously demonstrates their commitment not only to youth, but the entire Oakland community.”

Daily intern activities include: animal diet preparation, habitat maintenance, guest interaction, learning about animal behaviors and conservation, customer service, office administration, garden and grounds maintenance, and landscape design. The interns must work twenty-four hours per week and participate in reflection sessions, where they discuss their on-the-job experiences with each other. The program aims to help students receive invaluable work readiness skills focusing on communication techniques, time management, accountability, team work, and understanding the importance of workplace protocols. Upon completion of the program, interns entering into college are provided $500 scholarships to cover eligible college-level education expenses. “We are grateful for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s commitment to education and youth development through Oakland Zoo’s PG&E Summer Internship Program,” said Nik Dehejia, Chief Financial Officer at Oakland Zoo. “Through their generous funding, Oakland Zoo is proud to provide high school students with exposure to different career pathways while providing a platform to enhance their learning and leadership skills.” Interns interested in employment at Oakland Zoo also have the opportunity to be considered for hire on appropriate part-time or full-time positions.

PG&E has generously provided the funding for this program since its inception, supporting it as part of its commitment to providing jobs for underserved youth throughout its 70,000 square mile service area. “PG&E’s collaboration with the Oakland Zoo these past many years has been a true partnership which has helped dozens of Oakland youth gain unique experiences in the many facets of career experiences the Zoo offers,” noted Travis Kiyota, PG&E Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “PG&E’s strong involvement in the Oakland and East Bay Community has centered around assuring our customers are safe, have economic development opportunities, and provide a workforce and educational pathway for our young people to success,” Kiyota added.

Thanks to PG&E’s support and inspired investment along with commitment from community youth programs, Oakland Zoo’s PG&E Youth Employment and Training program has proven to be a great success and will continue to grow and expand for years to come.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org. ###

Bat World Sanctuary and Its President Amanda Lollar Awarded $6.1 Million in Defamation Lawsuit Against Mary Cummins FORT WORTH, Texas, June 15, 2012 -- Bat World Sanctuary, an international non-profit organization devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating bats, and its president, Amanda Lollar of Mineral Wells, were awarded $6.1 million in damages by a Tarrant County district judge yesterday in a defamation lawsuit. After a four-day trial the court found that Mary Cummins of Los Angeles, California had committed defamation against Amanda Lollar and had breached her internship contract with Bat World Sanctuary. In 2010 Mary Cummins was accepted for an internship at Bat World Sanctuary in Mineral Wells. While at Bat World she became dissatisfied with the program and left the internship early. According to the plaintiffs she went back to California and began posting "horrific allegations of animal cruelty against Amanda Lollar on the internet." She accused Amanda Lollar of performing "illegal surgeries" on bats without anesthesia, possessing and distributing controlled substances without a DEA license, throwing dead bats in the trash, allowing interns to be repeatedly bitten by rabid bats, breeding bats illegally, giving human rabies vaccinations to interns, and neglecting her pet dogs. She filed reports of animal cruelty with numerous wildlife and conservation organizations as well as humane and animal welfare organizations. She also complained to a foundation that had been providing funding to Bat World but stopped doing so after receiving Cummins' complaint. She filed complaints with the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Attorney General, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA, the Mineral Wells Police and Fire Department, the Palo Pinto District Attorney and other agencies. Every agency that investigated Bat World Sanctuary found Cummins' complaints to be completely without merit. According to Eric Shupps, the plaintiff's expert on information technology, Cummins used "search engine optimization" and "Google bombs" to spread her defamation far and wide across the internet. Judge William Brigham, who was the visiting judge in the 352nd District Court of Tarrant County, announced at the conclusion of the trial that Amanda Lollar is world-renowned and is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates. He said that Mary Cummins' defamation of Amanda Lollar was "intentional, malicious, and egregious" and ordered her to pay $3.0 million in compensatory damages and $3.0 million in punitive damages. He also ordered her to pay $10,000 for breach of her contract with Bat World and $176,700 in attorney's fees. Lollar's attorney, Randy Turner with the firm Bailey & Galyen said, "This judgment sends a powerful message to cyber-stalkers and others who use the internet to harass people or to harm their reputations. Innocent victims like Amanda Lollar often don't have the resources, expertise, or ability to defend themselves against such vicious internet attacks. Hopefully this judgment will make someone think twice before engaging in an internet smear campaign." With determination, strong will, and the help of an attorney who has never lost an animal rights case, Ms. Lollar has won the fight and can now get on with what she does best - helping bats. "I would like to thank everyone who stood by us during this ordeal and never, ever lost faith in us. Mr. Turner and his paralegal, Kelly Bozeman, worked tirelessly for us and we couldn't have won without them. I will be forever grateful," said Ms. Lollar. About Bat World Sanctuary Ms. Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare regarding this case. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment, because in most states there are no laws that protect the victims. This type of crime is on the rise and she would like to bring it to the forefront. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Bat World Sanctuary. Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit organization founded by Amanda Lollar. Bat World is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Learn more about Ms. Lollar by visiting www.BatWorld.org. Contact: Amanda Lollar, President & Founder www.BatWorld.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook.com/BatWorld Twitter - @batworld  # # #