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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Chapter of American Association of Zookeepers Hosts Toy Drive

Benefits Brooks Rehabilitation and Wolfson Children's Hospital

December 14, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fl -

Bring the gift of holiday cheer to a child this year by donating a toy to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) toy drive benefitting the children of Brooks Rehabilitation and the Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The drive will take place Dec. 16 – 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I know our zookeepers have a passion for wildlife, I see it every day,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. “But, to see them also demonstrate their passion for our community by helping to make sure children in need have holiday presents at this special time of year really makes me proud of my employees.”

Each individual who brings a toy will receive $1 off general admission, or guests can receive $2 off general admission with two or more toys. Donated toys must be unwrapped and in original packaging. Some of the suggested toys most needed are for the 10 – 13 age group or children under three, but toys for all ages will be accepted, excluding stuffed animals. Jacksonville Zoo AAZK members will hand-deliver the presents. The discount is only valid Dec. 16 – 24 during general admission hours and cannot be used for special events or combined with any other discount or offer. For more information, please visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95.  For more information on the Zoo, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.