Zoo Knoxville sets special animal events for kids

Tina RolenOur Town Youth

Zoo Knoxville is celebrating the last week of the holiday break from school and the return of mild weather with special animal experiences now through Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Special feeding sessions are scheduled for Joe the two-toed sloth, Cuban crocodiles, North American river otters, Komodo dragon, dwarf crocodiles, puff adder snakes, African painted dogs and North American red wolves.

Ambassador animals, including world famous Einstein the African gray parrot, will be making special appearances in the Wee Play Adventure building, and goats, donkeys and sheep from Kids Cove will be out for walks on the pathways.

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Guests can experience a chance to meet Stevie, an 8-month-old chimpanzee, and a “to-be-announced” new resident of Asian Trek making their debut next week. Guests can have the chance to ask questions and learn about the one-year-old lion cubs and meet the turtles that live in the ARC greenhouse at special talks with zoo staff as well.

“We wanted to take advantage of the mild weather to create an exciting and dynamic zoo experience for the last week of the holiday break,” said Lisa New, Zoo president and CEO.

“These are moments that we think our guests will enjoy and make their visit extremely memorable. It is a fun way to begin the new year at Zoo Knoxville.”

A full schedule of daily experiences can be found at https://zooknoxville.org/. All animal experiences are included with general daytime zoo admission and for zoo members.

This is also the last weekend for the evening light spectacular Zoo Lights, which will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 4-8.

Tina Rolen is director of marketing and communications at Zoo Knoxville.

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