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22q at the Zoo will kick off in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, May 19th, 2024 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, park, playground or aquarium 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 coordinator for your location, show up at the entrance to your local zoo, park or playground with a brown bag lunch wearing the official T-shirts (or plain red shirt) and plan to meet others at 11:00 AM. We add your name and location to the foundation website for other families to reach out to you…

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 – TBD

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For more information visit here.


Gold Coast Queensland – TBD

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Ipswich -TBD

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Melbourne –  TBD

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Perth – TBD

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Sydney – TBD

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Mechelen – TBD

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Rio De Janeiro – TBD

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Toronto – TBD

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Santiago – TBD

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Girardot – TBD

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Copenhagen – TBD

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Givskud – TBD

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Birmingham – TBD

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Ahtari – TBD

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Meri-Karvia – TBD

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Ranua – TBD

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Dublin – TBD

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Cork – TBD

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Tuscany – TBD

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Tokyo – TBD

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Nagano – TBD

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Kaunas – TBD

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Emmen – TBD

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Visit here for more information: Stichting Steun 22Q11

Auckland – TBD

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Newtownards -TBD

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Warsaw – TBD

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Livingston – TBD

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Belgrade – TBD 

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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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Taipei – 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 – TBD

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Fresno, CA – TBD

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Oakland, CA – TBD

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Orange, CA 

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Visit 22qties for more information


Sacramento, CA 

Name of Zoo: Sacramento Zoo

Coordinator Name: Silvia

Email: scmolina@ucdavis.edu


San Diego, CA 

Name of Zoo: TBD

Coordinator Name: Livia

Email: liviabenjamin@gmail.com


Denver, CO – TBD

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Bridgeport, CT 

Name of Zoo: Beardsley Zoo

Coordinator Name: Jessica 

Email: carterj519@gmail.com


Wilmington, DE -TBD

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Boca Raton, FL 

Name of Location: Sugar Sand Park, Pavilions 2 and 3 @ 10:30

Coordinator Name: Nicole 

Email: betteryou101@gmail.com

Date: May 13, 2023 


Melbourne, FL

Nemours Children’s Hospital 22q Center 

Name of Zoo: Brevard Zoo

Coordinator Name: Yeraldi

Email: yeraldi.geronimo@nemours.org


Tampa, FL 

Name of Zoo: Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park 

Coordinator Names: Maria & Tarra

Email: 22qtampa@gmail.com 


Atlanta, GA  

Name of Zoo: Zoo Atlanta 

Coordinator: Sid & Gabriella

Email: 22q11study@emory.edu

Visit here for more information.


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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Baton Rouge, LA 

Name of Zoo: Baton Rouge Zoo

Coordinator Name: Ginger Moses

Email: Ginger.moses@la.gov

Visit here for more information.


Shreveport, LA 

Name of Zoo: Jubilee Zoo

Coordinator Name: DeAngela

Email: pmhnp_bc2019@mindingmindsla.com


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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St. Paul, MN 

Name of Zoo: Como Zoo

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Tasha – tashawestlund@hotmail.com

Amy – akebriaei@gmail.com


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 

Name of Zoo: St. Louis Zoo

Coordinator Name: Deb Yost

Email: daylaw1@aol.com 


Tupelo, MS – TBD

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Billings, MT – TBD

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Asheboro, NC 

Name of Zoo: North Carolina Zoo

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Bethany: Osbornbethany@gmail.com

Season: seasonmichelle@hotmail.com


Lincoln, NE 

Name of Zoo: Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Coordinator Name: Anne

Email: astalker2009@live.com


Paramus, NJ – TBD

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West Orange, NJ 

Name of Zoo: Turtle Back Zoo

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Jeannette Wesseldyke –Wesseldj@sjhmc.org

Ashley Marchese-Fiallos – marchesa@sjhmc.org


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

Name of Zoo: Bronx Zoo

Coordinator Name: Daniella

Email: daniella.miller@einsteinmed.edu


Syracuse, NY – TBD

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Email: maggie@thehurnes.com 


Cincinnati, OH 

Name of Zoo: Cincinnati Zoo

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Amy: amymbyers@gmail.com

Ashley: riceeashley@gmail.com


Cleveland, OH 

Name of Zoo: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Coordinator Name: Christine

Email: msChristineCJones@gmail.com


Columbus, OH 

Name of Zoo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Coordinator Name: Danielle Slack 

Email: Danielle.slack@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 

Name of Zoo: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

Coordinator Name:  Claire Jones

Email: cljones5@geisinger.edu


Philadelphia, PA 

Name of Zoo: Philadelphia Zoo

Coordinator Name: Carol 

Email: info@22q.org


Pittsburgh, PA – TBD

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Greenville, SC  – TBD

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Columbia, SC 

Name of Zoo: Riverbanks Zoo

Coordinator Name: Angela 

Email: MrsAngelaLynnJones@gmail.com


Sioux Falls, SD 

Name of Zoo: Great Plains Zoo

Coordinator Name: Katie Burns

Email: Kaitlyn.Burns@sanfordhealth.org


Chattanooga, TN – TBD

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Knoxville, TN – TBD

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Nashville, TN – TBD

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Abilene, TX 

Name of Zoo: May Farm 

Coordinator Name: Sarah

Email: sarah@22qtexas.org


Austin, TX – TBD

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Beaumont, TX 

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Coordinator Name: T’wana

Email: contact@22qtexas.org


Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, TX – TBD

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Coordinator Name: Suzi and Cheryl

Email: contact@22qtexas.org


Houston, TX 

Name of Zoo: McDonald Farm 

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Krystal – krystal@22qtexas.org

Rotceh(Roxy) – jrpena2123@yahoo.com


Rio Grand Valley, TX – TBD

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San Antonio, TX 

Name of Location: Morgan Wonderland 

Coordinator Name:  Sue 

Email: wemet4@aol.com


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

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Salt Lake City, UT 

Name of Zoo: Hogle Zoo

Coordinator Name: Joy Palmer

Email: awesomejoy2@gmail.com


Northern WV/Pittsburgh, PA

Name of Zoo: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Coordinator Name: Jamie

Email: Jamiebernardi117@gmail.com


Richmond, VA 

Name of Zoo: Richmond Metro Zoo

Coordinator Names and Emails:  

Amy House – houseam@vcu.edu

Hannah Johnson – johnsonhl5@vcu.edu

Visit here for more information, please take note event will be Saturday May 20, 2023


Washington, DC – TBD

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Seattle, WA 

Name of Zoo: Woodland Park Zoo

Coordinator Name: Natalie Robinson 

Email: Natalie.robinson@seattlechildrens.org


Milwaukee, WI – TBD

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