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Aqua Pennsylvania Donates $365,000 to The Philadelphia Zoo’s Water is Life Exhibit

Aqua Pennsylvania:


Aqua Pennsylvania President Marc Lucca, Essential Utilities, Aqua Pennsylvania’s parent company, General Counsel Chris Luning and The Philadelphia Zoo Chief Development Officer Neil Batiancila.




On behalf of Aqua Pennsylvania, Chris Luning will present a $365,000 check to the Philadelphia Zoo from The Essential Foundation—the charitable-giving arm of Aqua Pennsylvania’s parent company. Aqua Pennsylvania is the presenting sponsor of Water is Life: Red Panda Pass & Otter Falls. This exhibit will feature red pandas and otters while highlighting the importance of water for providing shelter, nourishment and play for all life on Earth.




Aqua and the Zoo share a common goal of protecting and conserving water. This three-year partnership includes community outreach and onsite volunteer opportunities centered around environmental conservation.




Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 1 p.m.




Schedule of events:


  • 1 – 1:15 p.m.– Intros and check presentation with Chris Luning and Marc Lucca, Neil Batiancila
  • 1:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Volunteer activity and tour of Aqua’s Water is Life Exhibit
  • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Happy hour in the beer garden




Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA

About Aqua Pennsylvania

Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.5 million people in 32 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit for more information or follow Aqua on Facebook at and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.

About Philadelphia Zoo:

Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new baby western lowland gorillas, giraffes, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42-acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like KeyBank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and KidZooU, a wildlife academy that offers dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences. Philadelphia Zoo is the second highest ticketed attraction in Philadelphia, one of the region's foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Zoo welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors last year. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.

For more information on, as or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.



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