Philadelphia Zoo, Tasty Baking Company Welcome Delaware
Valley Kids to New Tastykake Children's Zoo
Fun New Exhibits, Fresh New Look Take Zoo's Youngest Visitors on Whimsical Tour
of Animal World
PHILADELPHIA, May 6 2004 -- Chicks and ducklings aren't the only
sweet things hatching at the Philadelphia Zoo this spring! The newly renovated
Tastykake Children's Zoo made a debut of its own, kicking off its grand opening
weekend celebration today. Zoo President Pete Hoskins, Tasty Baking Company
President and CEO Charlie Pizzi and dozens of kids raised their Butterscotch
Krimpets, Kandy Kakes and Juniors to toast a bigger, brighter, more vibrant
petting zoo - the most popular destination for the youngest zoo- goers.
"We're thrilled to join Philadelphia's own Tasty Baking Company on one sweet
partnership - the Tastykake Children's Zoo," said Hoskins. "Together, Tastykake
and the Zoo have been helping children make wonderful memories for generations.
Today, thousands of the Zoo's youngest visitors will walk through these gates to
create new ones."
Pizzi and Hoskins joined children from around the Delaware Valley to cut the
ribbon, and Zoo mascot Roarie the Lion joined Tastykake's own Kirbee the Krimpet
to lead kids into the new Tastykake Children's Zoo. One lucky visitor received a
year's supply of Tastykakes by correctly guessing the number of treats stacked
up in a Tasty Baking Company antique delivery truck.
Special activities such as sheep-shearing demonstrations, games and face
painting are planned throughout opening weekend of the Tastykake Children's Zoo.
Designed to keep young children entertained and active while helping them learn,
new additions to the Tastykake Children's Zoo aim to spark "wow" moments between
kids and animals that will create the foundation for a child's lifelong love and
caring of the natural world.
A new kid-sized bunny village takes children into a town of bunnies, where the
post office, hospital and toy store teach children how bunnies communicate and
reproduce -- and how zoo keepers help bunnies exhibit natural behaviors through
A new theatre will stage live animal demonstrations throughout the day, engaging
children from the audience. Kids can feed ducks at the pond amidst a spectacular
new water sculpture featuring huge fish that jump and dive.
Every day, some of the 50 animals in the Tastykake Children's Zoo teaching
collection will stretch their legs and wings in two new animal exercise yards
where visitors can get an up-close look at macaws, porcupines, hedgehogs, owls
and other creatures. The Zoo's education staffers will help families learn which
animals make good pets - and which don't.
The farmyard features the popular petting area, where children can pet goats and
sheep. Children can also take a swing around the corral on one of the Zoo's ten
As part of its extensive renovations, the Zoo strengthened its hand-wash
program, making this necessary health precaution more fun and a "teachable
moment" for kids. The farmyard's new layout naturally directs kids exiting
the petting area through the hand-wash stations, where animated clocks help kids
time their rinsing and sudsing to make sure their hands are clean.
In a new take on a traditional favorite, the Tastykake Children's Zoo expanded
the farm area to add a life-sized tractor and hay-filled play area to help kids
learn how a farm works and the important connection between farm animals and
The Tastykake Children's Zoo also features a refurbished chick hatchery and
backyard bugs exhibit, which includes tarantulas, scorpions and beetles. At
Dairy Corner, children can learn where milk comes from and try their hand at
milking a fiberglass cow.
The brand-new Tastykake Tasty Shop features Tastykake favorites like
Butterscotch Krimpets, Chocolate Juniors and Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, giving
families a sweet respite on a beautiful new deck overlooking the Zoo. In a new
twist on the favorite cake and ice cream combo, Tastykake and Turkey Hill Ice
Cream will dish up a new Peanut Butter Kandy Kake ice cream with real bits of
Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes.
Just outside the Tastykake Children's Zoo, children can board a shiny new
four-car train for an exciting ride throughout the Picnic Grove.
America's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo opened the nation's first children's
zoo in 1938.
The Tastykake Children's Zoo is one of three exciting attractions opening this
spring at the Philadelphia Zoo. In March, the Zoo launched Cobras!, its
largest-ever exhibit of 17 of these thrilling venomous snakes. In May, zoo-
goers can discover firsthand how to survive the challenges of living in a real
jungle when PECO Jungle Trek swings into action. This exciting jungle school
journey takes place throughout the two-and-a-half acre PECO Primate Reserve --
home to more than 40 primates from around the world including western lowland
gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and more.
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