August 23, 2005 - Animal Grossology has been
one of the best reasons to visit Knoxville Zoo this summer. But time
is running out to see the zoo's yuckiest exhibit ever. The zoo is
cleaning up the mess and sending it away on Sept. 5.
Animal Grossology is disgusting, full of slime, blood and vomit,
but kids have loved this popular exhibit based on the best-selling
book by Sylvia Branzei. Grossology gives visitors a fun and educational
look at the repulsive part of nature at work through games and other
interactive exhibits. Visitors have enjoyed playing Dung Ball Rally
against each other, cruising in the submarine or learning some of
the fun facts throughout the exhibit.
Grossology is located in the air-conditioned Pilot Traveling Exhibit
Center. Grossology admission is $2 for ages 3 and up with paid zoo
admission. Admission is free for Knoxville Zoo members.
Also coming to a close in the next month are several daily presentations
and shows. Each has been designed to provide a better understanding
of animals and their lives. The zoo offers several Encounter programs
at popular animal exhibits. These programs are led by Knoxville
Zoo interpreters using biofacts and interactive activities to educate
and interest visitors.
In addition to Encounter presentations, the zoo has Zoo Chats with
keepers. During these chats, keepers provide insightful information
about the animals they care for.
The high-flying fun of the Bird Show along with the world-famous
African grey parrot, Einstein, is getting ready for its winter migration.
After Monday, Sept. 5, bird shows will only be on the weekends through
October before taking off to begin preparing and training for next
Some shows, encounters and chats may be extended into the Fall.
Times and locations of shows and presentations are posted in the
Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392 from Interstate 40 and is
open every day except Christmas Day. The zoo is nationally accredited
by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is committed to
the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation,
and education. Currently, the zoo is open every day from 9:30 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo
closes. For more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300.