Hogle Zoo's Junior Development Board, a group of young people interested in becoming more involved with the community and with the zoo, will hold its first fund-raiser from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. today at the zoo.
Titled "Breakfast with the Animals," the event will feature animal feedings of the elephants, felines and gorillas and will conclude with a "World of Flight" bird show.Visitors will also be able to get their pictures taken with smaller zoo animals and enter a prize drawing. A light breakfast will be served to guests at the event, for which all tickets have been sold. But the zoo will be open to other visitors beginning at 9 a.m., said Gary Tingey, zoo promotions co-or-din-a-tor.
Formed in April at the suggestion of Utah Zoological Society Board member Pam Keller, the group meets monthly to plan and coordinate fund-raising activities aimed at assisting the zoo with selected capital-improvement projects. Junior board members (now range in age from 21 to 30) are asked to join the Utah Zoological Society, pay annual dues, attend monthly meetings and sup-port zoo activities.
"No other zoo in the country can boast of a Junior Development Board. Hogle Zoo is breaking new ground with this group of young people, and we are extremely proud of their efforts," said zoo director LaMar Farnsworth.
Tingey said an official of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, whose members toured the zoo last April during a convention in Salt Lake City, confirmed that Hogle Zoo is the only zoo in the country to have such a board.
Tingey said Hogle Zoo receives calls from zoos in other parts of the United States wanting to know how they can organize such a board of young people.
The Junior Development Board, which is headed by Erin Gamble, has raised $1,600 to date this year and expects to raise more than $4,000 from Saturday's activity, for which the junior board collected $12 for each adult ticket and $5 for each child's ticket sold. About 300 people are expected to attend the event, Tingey said.
"Breakfast with the Animals" is sponsored by Brackman Bros. Bagel Bakery, Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Ruby's Catering at Dan's Foods in Foothill Village, Nicholas & Company, Ivographics, Nabisco and Hogle Zoo.