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Zoo Knoxville offers free admission to moms

W. Kenneth Medley II • May 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM

KNOXVILLE —  Zoo Knoxville will celebrate Mother’s Day with its annual tradition of free admission for all moms on May 12.

Families can enjoy a day of zoo activities that includes animal encounters and the Bird Show. Guests can explore the Boyd Family Asian Trek, which is home to Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing, voted one of the top animal exhibits in the country by USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards in 2018. Visitors can also spend some time with the zoo’s gorilla mothers Hope, Machi and Kowali and their precocious youngsters Obi, Ubuntu and Andi in Gorilla Valley.

“Bringing families together to enjoy a day at the zoo that they will always remember is very important to us,” said Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville. “Mother’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate family and why we wanted to treat moms to a day at the zoo.”

Free admission for mothers is valid on Sunday, May 12, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.