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We are thankful for so many things here at Blank Park Zoo so we thought we’d share with you just a handful of things (since the list could go on and on). As a Zoo, we are thankful for…

1. Our staff. The Blank Park Zoo staff includes zoo keepers, veterinarians, conservation specialists, education experts and an administrative crew that works hard each day to make the Zoo a safe and fun environment for all. Without each department and animal area, we would not have clean exhibits or one-of-the-kind care for our animal family, and we would not have successful events or education programs that reach over 100,000 individuals each year. We are thankful for the dedication, the hard work and the odd hours put in by our staff that allows the Zoo to be Iowa’s only accredited Zoological Park.

2. Our volunteers. We are thankful for the hundreds of people who come and lend an extra hand with animal care, special events, educational trips, and our conservation projects! The Zoo had over 1,100 volunteers take part in our annual Halloween event, Night Eyes! Our volunteers assisted in the setup of lighted displays, the distribution of candy and teardown of all the merry, not scary, decorations. For more information on how to become one of Iowa’s wildest volunteers, click here link to volunteer page.

3. The expansion of Iowa’s only zoo. Countless additions have been made to our Zoo this year. Some of the highlights include the opening of Jamaa Kwa Africa exhibit, the Tortoise & Penguin building, and our entrance expansion with Bactrian camels. Nicolai, our male Bactrian camel, has made his way to his new home in the front – stop by the Zoo and say hello!

4. Our members. We have amazing members that enjoy and support the Zoo year- round! Without our members, we would not have the monetary backing that we can depend on year in and year out. To continue to expand our membership, consider a gift the entire family will enjoy! To purchase your membership visit, call 515-974-2600 or visit the Blank Park Zoo membership desk!

5. Our supporters and donors. Our animal collection cannot progress and be cared for without the generous support of our donors and corporate partners. By supporting Blank Park Zoo, you play a crucial role in the Zoo’s mission; to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, and recreation. Visit here to see the many ways to become involved with the Zoo.

What are you thankful for this year?

11/27/2013 9:28 AM |Add a comment
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