at Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Texas on June 23, 2018 at 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

The day-long festival kicks off with the Ridley Rush 1 Mile Walk/Run.  After the walk/run, families can enjoy children’s activities, exhibits and demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, shrimp plates, silent auction and more at Yappo Kids Fest.  On Saturday night, for the adults, we will feature craft beer sampling, Texas Gulf shrimp, silent auction and live music at Yappo Bands & Brewskis. The family-oriented festival raises awareness of sea turtle conservation efforts, encourages conservation volunteerism and raises critically needed funds for proven recovery projects. The goal is to raise unrestricted funds for the Bi-national Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Project administered by the Gladys Porter Zoo and other endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The event honors the memory of Jeffery “Yappo” Boruff, one of the dedicated volunteers that made a real difference working side-by-side with the professionals at the epicenter of the Bi-national Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Project in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico.