Great Cats Exhibit Featuring New Interactive Experiences Now Open at Blank Park Zoo

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Great Cats Exhibit Featuring New Interactive Experiences Now Open at Blank Park Zoo


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For Immediate Release

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 19, 2011) – Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo has officially re-opened the Tom and Jo Ghrist Great Cats Exhibit. The exhibit kiosks have been re-themed to take the look of a safari outpost.


“We’re excited to open the first of many new features to Blank Park Zoo this year. The update to this exhibit provides a fun new experience and learning opportunity for both children and adults,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO of Blank Park Zoo.


Examples of the additions include a photo opportunity where children can climb into a converted Toyota Land Cruiser to have their picture taken with a tiger. Rock-like steps have also been added near the exhibit view window to allow children to have an up-close face to face view with the Amur Tiger and the African Lion.


New signs and animal conservation videos have also been added to the exhibit.

This is the first addition in a multi-year, $15 million capital campaign expansion project. Other exhibits to open this year include an all-new Australian Adventure, a sea lion and harbor seal pool and new exhibit interactive experiences in the Discovery Center and Kids’ Kingdom areas.


The upgrade was made possible by a grant from John Deere.


The Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open every day this April, 10 am – 5pm. Winter Admission rates are $6.95 for adults, $2.95 for children under 12, and $4.95 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.





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