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By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 at 10:19 am in Animal Fun.

Free ANIMAL PLANET EXPO at Bishop Ranch Civic Area, 6200 Bollinger Canyon Road (near Central Park), San Ramon — on Saturday and Sunday.
ANIMAL PLANET EXPO rolls into the Bay Area this weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Animal Planet, Philippe Cousteau, Comcast, and Fresh Step litter invite you to bring your family to celebrate the wonder of wildlife, the companionship of pets and the important role animals play on this planet.

There will be lots for you to do and see:

*** High-Flying Frisbee dog show times are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

*** R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) Stage live animal presentations, including exotic pythons, alligators, and lemurs, will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

** Ocean expert Philippe Cousteau will be available for a special “Meet and Greet” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*** Discovery Kids’ Endurance Experience, a hands-on adventure that lets young people experience the mental and physical competition of Discovery Kids Channel’s popular series ENDURANCE: HIGH SIERRAS. Try out the big climbing wall.

*** Experience the clarity of high-definition programming in the Discovery HD Theater Dome. Visitors will be treated to clips from Discovery HD Theater’s new documentary mini-series, PLANET EARTH.

*** Pet Den is sponsored by Fresh Step litter. Fresh Step and the East Bay SPCA will provide pet adoption opportunities and helpful information on how to find the perfect pet for your family. From 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday, Fresh Step litter will also host an “Ask the Vet” session, where pet owners can meet one-on-one with local veterinarians Dr. Pamela Rorich (Saturday) and Dr. Heidi Strand (Sunday) to ask pet-related questions. As part of ANIMAL PLANET EXPO, the makers of Fresh Step will make a $5,000 donation to the East Bay SPCA.

Other activity pavilions:
Animal House — Get to know even more live animals, while animal experts introduce exotic species from around the world.

Bug House — Discover the world of bugs and butterflies, and check out the new farm of burrowing ants.

Kids’ Zone — Kids can get their faces painted, try the “Happy Gator” obstacle course, test their legs on the new 18-ft. Spider Mountain climbing tower and play other fun games.

Heroes of Animal Planet — Protect your pet just as the stars of ANIMAL PRECINCT do by creating your own personalized pet tag.

Pet Misters and Watering Holes — If you bring your fur children with you, let your pets “chill out” and quench their thirst on a hot day.

And lots more. Have fun!

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