|July 15, 2009 -
George, Knoxville Zoo’s precocious baby chimpanzee, invites visitors to celebrate
his first birthday on Saturday, July 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the zoo. Festivities get under way
at 11:00 a.m. at the entrance to the Chimp Ridge exhibit at the zoo.
Visitors can enjoy birthday cake in George’s honor (while it
lasts!) and gather in the Chimp Ridge courtyard to serenade
George with a special group rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
Guests can also watch George celebrate with a special birthday
“cake” of his own, and zoo staff will be at the exhibit to talk
about George’s first year and his extended family of
chimpanzees that live with him at Chimp Ridge.
After the chimps have lunch, the party gets going again when
George is given his birthday presents and the giant card zoo
visitors have signed for him at 1:30 p.m. Even the gorillas will
be getting in on the fun with special treats for the occasion in the
Gorilla Courtyard at 11:30 a.m.
“George is definitely one of the most popular personalities here
at the zoo,” says Lisa New, director of mammals and birds for
Knoxville Zoo. “He’s very curious and he loves to play.
Everyone seems to be taken with him immediately, and I can’t
blame them. We’re all pretty smitten with him, too.”
Special Media Event Preview with George on Friday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. George chimpanzee will be
given some early birthday treats to provide the media with a special photo opportunity prior to the event.
Media interested in attending this event preview should meet at the zoo’s ranger station, located at
the zoo’s main entrance, at 9:40 a.m. For more information, please call Alison Swank, Director of
Marketing, 865.637.5331, ext. 376 or 865.640.0351.
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