Minnesota Zoo Media Contact

If you are a member of the press, please contact: Kelly Lessard
Public Relations Manager
Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952.431.9217 direct
952.431.9300 fax
kelly.lessard@state.mn.us

Photo Opportunity at the Minnesota Zoo
Friday, September 11, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Apple Valley, MN – September 11, 2015: To honor the fallen of the September 11 tragedy in 2001, the Minnesota Zoo will participate in the National Day of Service and host an all-day community volunteer service event on-site. Volunteers are scheduled to help create animal enrichment for the 4,700+ animals at the Zoo, spruce up areas of the 485-acre campus and prepare learning materials for the Zoo’s many educational programs.

Participating volunteers come from various backgrounds including corporate groups, Zoo donors and members, current and past Zoo volunteer and others from the community. Each year more than 1,100 volunteers contribute more than 113,000 hours of service to the Minnesota Zoo. “Our volunteers are so important to the Zoo. They are utilized throughout the organization and help spread our mission of connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. They are incredible, passionate people and we thank them,” says Sheri White-Commers, Minnesota Zoo Director of Volunteer Services. To learn more about becoming a Minnesota Zoo volunteer, please visit http://mnzoo.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

The Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. Its mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).