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22q at the Zoo will kick off in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 and continue westward at zoos around the world giving families, friends and professionals a chance to socialize, network and raise public awareness of 22q11.2 syndromes.

Developed by the International 22q11.2 Foundation, volunteers spread awareness at their local or regional zoo by handing out 22q Fact Sheets and educating guests and zoo visitors. Participants are recognizable by wearing official “22q at the Zoo” red T-shirts and “Ask Me About 22q” buttons.

Check out pictures from past events and stay up-to-date on the latest news by following our Facebook page!

For ticket information click on your local city or region below.

If there is no zoo in your area, many families often create their own “zoo” in a different location such as a park or playground. You can be creative and use costumes or have guests dress up like different zoo animals.

History of 22q at the Zoo – Worldwide Awareness Day

22q at the Zoo – Worldwide Awareness Day launched for the first time on May 22, 2011. Learn more about the History of this event HERE.

Participating Zoos

Buenos Aires – TBD

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Adelaide

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22q Foundation Australia & New Zealand 


Sydney: TBD

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Email: president@22q.org.au

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Mechelen

Name of Zoo: Planckendael Zoo

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Email: info@vecarfa.be

Click here for more information.

Rio De Janeiro – TBD

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Alberta 

Name of Zoo: Edmonton Valley Zoo

Coordinator Name: Shanda & Megan

Email: shandabogdanov@outlook.com

Santiago – TBD

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TBD

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Girardot – TBD

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Email: info@22qcolombia.org

Copenhagen

Name of Zoo: Copenhagen Zoo

Coordinator Name: Anne 

Email: anne@fampoulsen.com

22q11 Denmark


Givskud 

Name of Zoo: Givskud Zoo

Coordinator Name: Rikke

Email: rikkeottobroeker@gmail.com

22q11 Denmark 

Max Appeal 

Dundee

Name of Zoo: Camperdown Zoo

Coordinator Name: Danielle

Email: info@maxappeal.org.uk


Hertfordshire

Name of Zoo: Shepreth Wildlife Park

Coordinator Name: Gemma

Email: info@maxappeal.org.uk


London

Name of Zoo: Battersea Zoo

Coordinator Name: Carri Anne

Email: info@maxappeal.org.uk


Matlock, Derbyshire

Name of Zoo: Matlock Farm Park

Coordinator Name: Martin

Email: info@maxappeal.org.uk


North Yorkshire 

Name of Zoo: Hesketh Farm Park 

Coordinator Name: Clover

Email: info@maxappeal.org.uk

Ahtari – TBD

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Email: Hilkka.happonen@22q11finland.fi


Meri-Karvia – TBD

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Ranua – TBD

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Dublin 

Name of Zoo: Dublin Zoo

Coordinator Name: Anne

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22q11 Ireland


Cork – TBD

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Tuscany

Name of Zoo: Pinocchio Theme Park 

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Maria Silva – Email: segreteria@aidel22.it

Maria – Email: lazio@aidel22.it

Tokyo – TBD

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Coordinator Name: Kiyoto Kasai

Email: 22q.research@gmail.com 

For more information visit here

Last years Activity Report 


Nagano – TBD

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Coordinator Name: Nobuhiko

Email: info@fab-support.org 

Kaunas – TBD

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TBD

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Stichting Steun 22Q11

Auckland – TBD

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Newtownards

Name of Zoo: The Ark Open Farm 

Coordinator Name: Gillian 

Link for registration 

Saturday May 21, 2022

Warsaw – TBD

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Livingston – TBD

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Belgrade 

Name of Zoo: Belgrade Zoo

Coordinator Name: Vesna

Email: 22qexyu@gmail.com

Barcelona – TBD

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Johannesburg – TBD

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Port Elizabeth – TBD

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Seoul – TBD

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Ockero – TBD

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Coordinator Name: Rose Marie L, Foreningen 22q11

Email: r-marie@telia.com

Kaoshiung – TBD

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Taipei – TBD

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Phucket – TBD

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Montgomery, AL – TBD

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Tuscaloosa, AL – TBD

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Little Rock, AR – TBD

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Phoenix, AZ 

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Orange, CA – TBD

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Email: info@22qties.org

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Sacramento, CA – TBD

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San Diego, CA – TBD

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Denver, CO – TBD

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Bridgeport, CT – TBD

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Wilmington, DE -TBD

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Boca Raton, FL – TBD

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Tampa, FL – TBD

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Atlanta, GA  – TBD

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Oahu, HI – TBD

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Boise, Idaho – TBD

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Des Moines, IA – TBD

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Chicago, IL – TBD

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South Bend, IN – TBD

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Evansville, IN – TBD

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Wichita, KS – TBD

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Louisville, KY – TBD

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Folsom, LA – TBD

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Ann Arbor, MI – TBD

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Detroit, MI – TBD

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Grand Rapids, MI – TBD

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Wallace, MI – TBD

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Apple Valley, MN – TBD

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Minneapolis, MN – TBD

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Kansas City, MO – TBD

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Visit Angels with Missing Pieces for more information


St. Louis, MO – TBD

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Tupelo, MS – TBD

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Billings, MT – TBD

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Asheboro, NC – TBD

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Lincoln, NE 

Name of Zoo: Lincoln Children’s Zoo 

Coordinator Name: Anne

Email: astalker2009@live.com

Visit Mission 22q for more information 


Paramus, NJ – TBD

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West Orange, NJ – TBD

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Las Vegas, NV – TBD

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Niagara Falls, NY 

Name of Zoo: Aquarium of Niagara

Coordinator Name: Nadine

Email: vcfsbuffalo@yahoo.com


New York, NY – TBD

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Syracuse, NY 

Name of Zoo: Gifford  Zoo

Coordinator Name: Maggie

Email: maggie@thehurnes.com 


Cincinnati, OH -TBD

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Cleveland, OH -TBD

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Columbus, OH 

Name of Zoo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Coordinator Name: Rachel

Email: 22q@nationwidechildrens.org


Oklahoma City, OK – TBD

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Tulsa, OK – TBD

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Portland, OR – TBD

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Halifax, PA – TBD

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Philadelphia, PA – TBD

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Pittsburgh, PA – TBD

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Greenville, SC  – TBD

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Columbia, SC – TBD

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Sioux Falls, SD – TBD 

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Chattanooga, TN – TBD

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Knoxville, TN – TBD

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Nashville, TN – TBD

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Abilene, TX – TBD

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Austin, TX – TBD

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Beaumont, TX – TBD

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Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, TX – TBD

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Houston, TX – TBD

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Rio Grand Valley, TX – TBD

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San Antonio, TX – TBD

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Central, TX (Waco/Temple/Kileen) – TBD

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Salt Lake City, UT – TBD

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Norfolk, VA – TBD

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Moseley, VA – TBD

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Washington, DC – TBD

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Seattle, WA – TBD

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Milwaukee, WI – TBD

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