|July 15, 2013 -
Starting today, Knoxville Zoo is giving zoo-goers a
brand new experience; the opportunity to get eye level with a giraffe and
offer them a snack at the all-new Williams Family Giraffe Encounter.
Beginning Monday, July 15th, The Williams Family Giraffe Encounter will
be open to visitors from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Featuring a twostory
tall covered deck, this new addition to the zoo's Grasslands Africa!
area gives visitors a giraffe's eye view of their habitat. Beginning each day
at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until the day's allotment of produce is gone,
guests can purchase a tempting treat for $5 and have the exhilarating
experience of offering them to the zoo's three giraffe, male Jumbe,
(pronounced JOOM-bay), and females Patches and Lucille.
The Williams Family Giraffe Experience was generously underwritten by
Knoxville Zoo Board Chairman Tim Williams and his wife Amy. "In the
past, this was an experience that we could only offer in a limited capacity,"
says Mr. Williams. "Now all our visitors can enjoy a VIP introduction to
one of the zoo's most popular animals."
Knoxville Zoo members are invited to try this new giraffe
feeding experience for free from July 15 through 31st. Food
will be available for purchase for non-members as well.
Schedules are subject to change as the giraffe will have final
say about any modifications to the feeding and viewing
schedule as they acclimate to this new enrichment option.
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 Saturday and Sunday 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 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org