Zoo Announces Ground-Breaking Admissions Program

Philadelphia, PA – (June 3, 2010) The Philadelphia Zoo is giving back to the Philadelphia community in an unprecedented way. On June 4, 2010, Zoo President & CEO Vik Dewan will announce the Zoo’s new community access program. As part of the program, the Zoo will provide free admission to thousands of eligible Title I schoolchildren and members of eligible community groups and 501(c)(3) organizations – the number of free admissions donated each year will be based on 5% of the Zoo’s annual attendance. Last year, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million guests which under the new community access program would equate to over 60,000 free tickets for eligible schools and organizations. Through this program, the Zoo hopes to build critical connections with the natural world and inspire future generations of environmental stewards.

On June 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Vik Dewan will be presenting the program to Dr. Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, and a class from Dobson Elementary School, the first group to receive tickets under the new initiative. Dr. Ackerman will also be commenting on how the Zoo’s new program complements the District’s “Imagine 2014” strategic plan. Following their brief presentation, Mr. Dewan and Dr. Ackerman will feed a lion as part of a special treat for the class.