Came across this article explaining The Living Desert’s plans for the New Year’s Eve leapfrog-athon. The Palm Springs, California, zoo is believed to be the most westward zoo holding the event.

Living Desert joins global ‘leap’ into Year of the Frog
Leap-frog event New Year’s Eve highlights threatened amphibians
K Kaufmann
Yes, 2008 is a leap year, but that’s not why the Living Desert is inviting children from across the Coachella Valley to come to the park for free next Monday at 11 a.m. for a history-making game of leap frog.
The coming year has also been designated the Year of Frog–to raise global awareness of the rising threat to amphibian species–and zoos from London to Palm Desert will be launching the campaign on New Year’s Eve with leap-frog-themed events.

“At 11 a.m., each of the participating zoos will kick off a leap-frog, so there is a chain reaction as we jump into 2008,” said Kimberly Bowers, spokeswoman for the Living Desert.

The first 100 children 12 years and under to arrive at the park New Year’s Eve will get in free, Bowers said. Children over 12 and adults will pay regular admission.

Event participants will also get gift bags and frog masks, she said.

The Living Desert is located at 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert.

Information: 346-5694, ext. 2610

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