(Salt Lake City, UT) – Want to chill out? It’s time for a very cool tradition– Ice Block Day,
Saturday July 18 from 10 am to 3 pm at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, a day where many Hogle
Zoo animals get their run of refrigerated refreshments.


day is so special that animals can’t have all the fun! Visitors to Hogle Zoo
can chill out and win some cool ice by taking a diamond dive in 500 pounds of
crushed cubes and then head to Bear Grotto for 75-cent sno-cones.
will also be other frosty festivities for folks in the Oasis
Plaza and a special afternoon appearance
by Grizzbee, Utah Grizzles mascot. How does it feel to be frozen?! Yeah, ice is nice!


only are Ice Block Day activities fun for visitors to watch, but they also
provide necessary exercise and stimulation, or enrichment, for Zoo animals.
According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, enrichment is an essential
part of keeping animals mentally healthy by providing them something new each
day. In fact, Hogle Zoo is known around the country for its outstanding efforts
in animal enrichment. "Hogle Zoo is on the cutting edge of behavioral
development in zoos by being one of the first organizations to establish a
standard for animal enrichment," says Dawn Neptune, Behavioral Programs
Coordinator. "It all looks like playtime, but things as simple as a ball one
day and a cardboard tube the next all improve the welfare of our animals." In
2005, Dawn also won for Hogle Zoo the first-ever National Enrichment Award,
given by the American Association of Zoo Keepers.


join Hogle Zoo for Ice Block Day; where else can you catch elephants
licking to the center of some 300-pound frozen fruit blocks? For more
information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite at (801)
584-1729 or email at hbraithwaite@hoglezoo.org.
Ice Block Day is sponsored by Spiffy Ice and B 98.7.


About the Association
of Zoos & Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 218 institutions accredited
by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things.  AZA
is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.


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