|Celebrate Earth Day at Knoxville Zoo
|April 21, 2011 - Knoxville Zoo is celebrating Earth
Day by throwing a Party for the Planet™. This conservationthemed
bash takes place on Friday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. Knoxville Zoo joins more than 100 zoos and
aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums (AZA) across the country highlighting the
initiatives that make our planet a more sustainable place to
Party-goers can learn about the zoo's conservation efforts with red pandas, reptiles, otters, chimpanzees and
red wolves during keeper chats scheduled throughout the day. The zoo's new Animals in Action show has
begun for the spring and will take place at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Party for the Planet™ will
also be attended by organizations that are making a positive environmental impact in our area, including Great
Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Knoxville Recycling Coalition, Knox County Air Quality
Management and United Mountain Defense who will be on-site to share information about how they are
making a difference locally.
Party for the Planet™ is a showcase for the fine art of recycling; the Recycled Art Project will feature works
of art created by elementary and middle school students out of reused and recyclable materials that will be
displayed during the event. The Barrel Project will showcase the original artwork of high school students on
conservation-themed recycling bins throughout zoo grounds to promote recycling. Knoxville Zoo will also be
collecting cell phones and printer cartridges for recycling.
The Party for the Planet™ celebration is included as part of general zoo admission. For more information call
865-637-5331, or visit the zoo's web site at www.knoxville-zoo.org.
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392A from Interstate 40, the zoo is
open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville 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 Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and from 9:30
a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Nextday
admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.
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