|March 1, 2010 -
Cuteness is catching on at Knoxville Zoo with the arrival of Alex and Ice, two miniature
donkeys who are sure to be a hit with visitors to The Clayton Family Kids Cove. Alex and Ice made their
official debut this week in the Kids Cove contact yard and plans are for them to take walks through the zoo to
greet visitors in the near future.
Miniature donkeys are also known as Sardinian
donkeys, since they originated on the
Mediterranean islands around Sicily and
Sardinia. Miniature donkeys have an average
height around 34 inches and weigh between 200
and 300 pounds when full grown. The zoo’s
two miniature donkeys, named Ice and Alex, are
males and just over a year old.
Zoo staff felt miniature donkeys would be a
perfect breed to interact with visitors. “We
think Alex and Ice will be a big hit with visitors.
As a breed, they’re very good with people,
especially kids,” says Terry Cannon, curator of
mammals at Knoxville Zoo. “And it doesn’t
hurt that they are irresistibly cute,” he adds.
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 every
day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning March 13, zoo hours will be weekdays from 9:30 a.m. until 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 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org