Zebra Pen Partners with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to Save Zen’s Friends From Extinction

Zebra Pen's spokesanimal, Zen, alongside photos of a Black Rhinoceros, Jaguar, and Sea Turtle

Edison, NJ (June 2019) – Zebra Pen Corp., a global leader in the writing instrument industry, is proud to continue its partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction program for the sixth consecutive year. The partnership strives to help generate global awareness of conservation efforts for over 20 species or groups of endangered animals supported by the SAFE program.

AZA, a non-profit organization, is committed to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation, and serves as the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and ten other countries. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums spend $220 million every year on field conservation alone, supporting more than 2,600 projects in 130 countries. In addition, 40,000 teachers are trained by AZA-accredited facilities, providing new opportunities for students to learn more about how they can make a difference for endangered wildlife.

“Our continued partnership with the AZA and their conservation program to save ‘Zen’s Friends’ from extinction is important to our organization,” said Ken Newman, Director of Marketing at Zebra Pen Corporation. “It would be disheartening should our company namesake or his friends to disappear from our world. The impact on the environment from the loss of these amazing creatures is something none of us want to experience. We hope that you’ll join us to help save Zen and his friends.”

In order to help raise awareness of endangered species, Zebra Pen will launch a national campaign with messaging to help “save Zen’s Friends”—including  species supported by AZA SAFE—from extinction. The campaign will provide educational facts and information about endangered species and encourage consumers to learn more about AZA’s conservation efforts and SAFE program. In addition, customers can also test their knowledge of endangered species with fun and interactive online games from AZA-accredited Mystic Aquarium by visiting zebrapen.com/aza.

In June, Zebra Pen will kick off its annual “Z-Month” with a sweepstakes, providing the opportunity to win a prize pack of four tickets to an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium in the United States, along with a pair of endangered species stuffed animals of Zen and one of his friends. Z-Month celebrates the official birthday of Zen the Zebra, and is dedicated to spreading awareness for the conservation of the world’s largest zebra species, the Grevy’s zebra. Learn more about the sweepstakes and enter for your chance to win by visiting zebrapen.com/sweepstakes.

For more information about Zebra Pen’s partnership with AZA, visit zebrapen.com/aza.

About the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a onprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and ten other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit aza.org.

About Zebra Pen Corporation

Zebra Pen Corporation was founded in New York in August 1982 as an independent corporation wholly owned by Zebra Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan. A New Jersey-based writing instrument manufacturer, Zebra Pen Corporation’s mission is to distribute products that are of the highest quality, providing value to customers and meeting their overall writing needs with a wide variety of writing instruments. Zebra Pen Corporation offers a full line of writing instruments, including ball point pens, gel pens, roller ball pens, mechanical pencils, and highlighters. Today, with over 115 years of excellence behind them, Zebra Pen Corporation is leading the way with a wide range of quality writing products including the Steel®, Sarasa®, Z-Grip®, Zensations® and Mildliner brands. For more information, visit zebrapen.com.