Zoo’s Banana Ball is success
Oct 21, 2012 | 763 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chattanooga — The Chattanooga Zoo recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in style with the 12th annual Banana Ball. Featuring special guest Jack Hanna, live music, complimentary cigar bar and desert décor, the Chattanooga Zoo was magically transformed into a wonderland oasis. Attendees were also given a sneak preview of the newly opened Deserts of the World exhibit.

Zoo supporters were surprised and thrilled to witness a substantial donation of $90,000 to the Chattanooga Zoo from MAPCO Express, Inc.

“Working through the Delek Fund for Hope, we were excited all 94 of our stores were able to participate with our customers and Coca-Cola to support such a important community asset as the Chattanooga Zoo”, said Sam Picone, Chattanooga Division manager of MAPCO Express, Inc. “Our MAPCO Mart, Fast Food & Fuel, Delta Express & Favorite Markets stores are a part of the Chattanooga and North Georgia community, and giving back to the area we serve is very important to us.”

Ticket sales and monies raised through animal adoptions resulted in the Zoo raising $75,000 for its programmatic and expansion efforts.

The 14-acre Chattanooga Zoo (historically referred to as the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park) is accredited by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is dedicated to its mission of engaging and inspiring all citizens of the community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals. With its intimate, innovative exhibits, wide-ranging education offerings and commitment to conservation, the Chattanooga Zoo fills a unique niche within the community.

The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information, visit www.chattzoo.org.