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Press Release Jul 12, 2006

Oldest Hippo Turns 55!

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July 12, 2006

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Garden
2421 Bement
Evansville, IN. 47720
For more information, please contact
Charlotte Roesner, Marketing Director

Donna the Hippo's 55th Birthday Splash

EVANSVILLE, IN - The Docents of Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden are pleased to present Donna the Hippo's 55th Birthday Splash! The event will take place this Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include Live Animal Presentations, Room Full of Raffles, Stage Presentations, American Classifieds Hippo Coloring Contest, Hippo Fun and Info Gallery, Gumball Game, Giant Inflatable, Coloring Poster, Face Painting, "Little Old Dam Band", Dixieland Band, Limbo, Watermelon Seed Spitting Competition, Animal Sprinklers, Hippo Waterbomb, "Magic with Style" Magician, Rally's Bowling for Burgers, Rally's Pickle Toss, Ice Sculptures, Talks of the Town Clowns, Hula Hoop contest, and the Tri-State Tumblers. Don't miss the 1 p.m. happy birthday sing-along for Donna, the world's oldest Nile hippopotamus, complete with free birthday cake! Walk or ride the FREE TRAM to stamp stations located throughout the Zoo to enter a drawing for a new mountain bike and other grand prizes. Funding provided in part by the Friends of Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden and Old National Bank.

Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year from 9 am - 5 pm (entry gate closes at 4 pm). Adult admission is $7.00 and children are $6.00 (ages 3-12). Children under 3 are free. Group discounts are available. Memberships are also available, which include a year long pass, free tram rides, Zoo newsletter subscription plus other benefits; Family - $49, Grandparent - $39, Senior Individual - $25, Individual - $29, Couple - $39.
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