June 30, 2011 -
Knoxville Zoo honors service men and women on Independence Day
weekend by inviting them to enjoy free admission to the zoo during the Salute to Service Weekend
on Saturday, July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.
Active service personnel eligible for free
admission includes active duty military and
members of the National Guard, as well as
police, fire, emergency medical technicians
(EMTs) and paramedics. Military and civilian
service veterans will receive free admission as
well. Free admission is for active service
personnel and veterans only, and valid
identification conveying their status as an active
military or service member or veteran will be
required for entry.
"Salute to Service Weekend is the zoo's way of showing our military and service members, as well
as our veterans, how much we appreciate them. We're glad to have the opportunity to do
something that says thanks for all they do for our community and our country," says Jim Vlna,
executive director of Knoxville Zoo.
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.