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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Bo Chimpanzee is Looking For A Valentine
Bo ChimpanzeeJanuary 31, 2012 - Knoxville Zoo is hoping to find a few beaux for Bo chimpanzee this Valentine's Day. To celebrate this most romantic of days, the zoo is asking admirers of Bo chimpanzee to be her Valentine with a special adoption package that celebrates one of the zoo's most loveable sweethearts.

Now through Valentine's Day, Knoxville Zoo is offering a special "Bo's Beau" adoption package that includes a plush chimpanzee, a special Valentine's Day card from Bo, a general admission ticket to Knoxville Zoo good through February 29th, a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a certificate of adoption naming the lucky recipient as one of "Bo's Beaux", all packaged in a special gift box. Each "Bo's Beau" adoption is $40 and all proceeds support Knoxville Zoo's chimpanzee program. Adoption packages can be purchased online at www.knoxvillezoo.org, by phone at 865-637-5331 or in person at Knoxville Zoo's membership window, located at the zoo's front gate.

A rubenesque brunette, Bo loves to spend her free time painting, looking at books and sunbathing. She also enjoys looking at herself in the mirror, grooming her best friend Binti and playing with George, the three-and-a-half year old baby of the troupe. Bo is not a picky eater who particularly enjoys beets and popsicles. Although not a fan of rowdy behavior, she does enjoy the occasional "swordfight" with Lu, one of the male chimpanzees of the group, and making noise by banging her toys on the floor.

Bo's admirers are invited to watch Bo and the rest of the chimpanzee troupe indulge in a Valentineā€Ÿs Day celebration on Saturday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. The Chimp Ridge courtyard will be decorated for the occasion and Bo and her friends will receive special Valentine treats from their keepers.

"Bo is such a loveable girl, we thought she would be a perfect choice for a Valentine," says Carrie Blair, animal adoptions manager. "Giving someone the honor of being one of "Bo's Beaux" would be a completely unique Valentine's Day gift and it's a fun way to support Knoxville Zoo as well."

Knoxville ZooKnoxville 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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