|August 23, 2012 - Knoxville Zoo is bringing in the heavy
equipment for a special event sure to please admirers of trucks as
powerful as an elephant and nimble as a gazelle. The zoo will be
hosting "Touch A Truck", presented by Nortrax, on Saturday,
August 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The first 300 children
through the gate will receive a free child's-sized construction hat.
Visitors can get up close to a wide variety of heavy trucks,
emergency vehicles and specialized automobiles, including
equipment made to move mountains of dirt from Nortrax and
Stowers Machinery and the Knoxville Zoo "Zookeeper" truck from
Claiborne Hauling. A fire engine from the Knoxville Fire
Department and emergency response vehicles from Rural Metro and
the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad will be on site
along with personnel from these organizations to talk with guests.
The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association will be bringing three
vehicles that have been converted to electric power, and the Safe n' Sound Camo Truck will also make an
appearance. Visitors can take a ride through the zoo on The Barrel Train Express during event hours as well.
Touch A Truck activities are included with general zoo admission. For more information, please visit the
zoo's Web site at www.knoxvillezoo.org, the zoo's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/knoxvillezoo or call
the zoo at 865-637-5331.
Special thanks to Nortrax, Knoxville Fire Department, Rural Metro, Knoxville Emergency Rescue Squad, the
Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association, Safe n' Sound Creative Technology, Claiborne Hauling and Stowers
Machinery for their support of this event.
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 on 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 daily 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