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Jojo February 14th, 2013 01:52 PM

Nominations for the 2013 Zoocademy Awards Have Been Announced!
The nominations for the 2013 Zoocademy Awards have been announced. Winners will be honored at The Living Desert’s annual gala to be held on Sunday, February 17th at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells.

“There was some stiff competition this year,” said Ben Klopf, Wildlife Manager. “The animals all put their best hoof forward. We can’t wait to see who wins.”

The Living Desert’s annual gala is the biggest fundraising event of the year. Individual tickets are still available for $250 each, and sponsorships are available from $2,000. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone, 760-346-5694 ext. 2162.

The event includes cocktails, dinner, live music, a ‘Wine Wall’ auction and ‘Mystery Gift’ drawings in addition to a live auction. Guests are encouraged to wear Red Carpet "Safari" attire.

Klopf had a chance to sit down with all the animals and translate how the nominees feel about being nominated and what they are doing to prepare for awards season.

Best Costume:
Frasier (African Crowned Crane)
Mr. Prickles & Bramble (North American Porcupines)
Natalia (Grevy's Zebra)
Ted (Roadrunner)

“I don’t want to be outdone by Angelina Jolie, so I’ve been sticking to a very strict yam diet. However, I still keep ripping my fabulous outfit every time I put it on!”
Mr. Prickles, North American Porcupine
Best Original Soundtrack:
Juan & Company (Guinea Fowl)
Luis & Ignacio (Mexican Wolves)
Maxwell (Ankole steer)
Tarzan & Jane (Laughing Kookaburras)

“If we win for Best Original Soundtrack, rumor has it, Les Misérables is getting bumped from Broadway to make room for us!
Luis and Ignacio, Mexican Wolves

Best Visual Affect:
Archimedes (Eurasian Eagle Owl)
Khan (Amur Leopard)
Ntombi (Cheetah)
Velma (Chameleon)

“Who needs movie magic to create visual affects when you have spots like I have! Take that, Tiger in Life of Pi!
Ntombi, Cheetah

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:
Nima (Fennec Fox)
Salem (Mountain Lion)
Vicki (Eurasian Black Vulture)
Xochi (Military Macaw)

“I’ve been picked on my whole life because of my big ears. Getting this Zoocademy nomination means so much and truly validates me as an actress.”
Nima, Fennec Fox

For more information, visit or contact 760-346-5694.

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