|July 3, 2009 -
Knoxville Zoo’s elephants are giving some lucky families the chance to have some good
clean fun this summer. Beginning Thursday, July 9, the zoo kicks off a special series of Sudsy Safaris. A visitor will
be chosen in a random drawing, done by the elephants themselves, to come behind the scenes to meet Jana and Edie,
two of the zoo’s African elephants, during their daily bath routine. Safaris are always more fun with friends, so the
winner can also invite their family and friends who are visiting the zoo with them to come along, too.
Sudsy Safaris will take place each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday through Labor Day at 1:00 p.m.
Visitors who want to participate in the drawing and the chance for a behind-the-scenes bath experience should meet
at the Stokley African Elephant Preserve at 12:50 p.m. to be eligible for the 1:00 p.m. drawing. The winner and up
to five guests will be escorted by Knoxville Zoo staff into the elephant area for tons of elephant-washing fun!
Jana, Edie and Tonka, the zoo’s resident elephants, get
bathed daily to keep their skin healthy. Sudsy Safaris
will give visitors the chance to get up close with Jana and
Edie as they get rubbed, scrubbed, and rinsed. “The girls
really enjoy their baths, and we noticed we have a lot of
visitors interested in what was going on, too. We
decided visitors should be able to get in on the fun,” says
Jim Naelitz, elephant curator at Knoxville Zoo.
“However, we only wash the elephants, not the kids,” he
Visitors can participate in the Sudsy Safari drawing each
Thursday through Monday, and it is included as part of
general zoo admission. Sudsy Safaris will continue
through September 7, 2009.*
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 (AZA) and is committed to
the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the
zoo is open everyday 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
* Sudsy Safaris may be cancelled without notice, and the winner of the daily drawing will be determined by
Knoxville Zoo staff.