November 7, 2006 - Saturday, Nov. 11, all
visitors to Knoxville Zoo will receive free admission and parking
during its annual Free Day event. The zoo is giving free admission
to all of its visitors in hopes that, as the season of giving approaches,
Free Day visitors will give back to the community by bringing items
to donate for several organizations.
The zoo is partnering with several non-profits who are in need
of many items at this time of year. Visitors can bring nonperishable
food, new toys, clothing and hygiene items for the Mission of Hope;
Purina brand dry kitten, puppy, cat or dog food for the Humane Society
of the Tennessee Valley or blankets and sturdy toys for dogs and
cats to benefit the Young-Williams Animal Center. Visitors may also
bring old cell phones for the zoo's recycling efforts. Donations
are requested for admission to the zoo.
Knoxville Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will
stop admitting visitors at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking,
and all children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
while visiting the zoo. The zoo also requests that groups have at
least one adult chaperone for every seven children.
This year Free Day visitors will be able to view four lion cubs
that are now on exhibit. The cubs, born this summer, were hand-raised
by zoo staff and are now living in a former tiger exhibit. Also
new to the zoo this year, are the zoo's Barn Loft and Night Club
exhibits, both have been popular additions in The Clayton Family
Kids Cove, and Naked mole-rats in the Pilot Traveling Exhibit Center.
The zoo will also conduct a sidewalk sale at the Wild and Wonderful
gift shop from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or until all items are gone. Guests
will have "first choice" on some great zoo products that
have been marked down.
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 Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is committed to the
highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation,
and education. Currently, the zoo is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. and on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning
Oct. 16, the zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission
and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission
is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865.637.5331