March 13, 2009 - Wee Play Zoo, Knoxville Zoo’s fun new interactive exhibit designed with
toddler, pre-school and elementary school-aged visitors in mind, is now open in the Pilot Special Exhibit
Building. Wee Play Zoo lets kids run their own zoo, which has been scaled to just the right size for little
Wee Play Zoo lets kids dress up and try their hand at different roles
throughout the “zoo”, whether it’s selling tickets in the ticket booth,
working in the Pizzooria concession stand, or preparing special diets for
the animals in the commissary. Little animal enthusiasts can be
veterinarians or become an animal researcher and take part in
conservation projects. Of course, the zoo always needs zookeepers!
Pint –sized keepers can scoop poop, stack hay, and meet animals that
live at the zoo. (Parents can rest assured that Wee Play Zoo does not use
real poop or actual food.)
Wee Play Zoo is located in the Pilot Special Exhibit Building, and is open daily during regular zoo
hours. Wee Play Zoo is presented by WIVK 107.7 FM, WVLT Volunteer TV, Smart Toys and Books,
Baby Bundles and Knox Farmers Co-op.
Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392A from Interstate 40 and is open every day except Christmas Day. The zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to
the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Beginning March
14, the zoo is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org.