SOURCE: Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

April 16, 2015 15:25 ET

Toyota Sponsors Denver Zoo's New Giraffe Encounter

Giraffe Encounter, Made Possible by Toyota, Will Allow Public to Bond With Zoo's Giraffes Daily

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - Denver Zoo announces an addition to its partnership with The Denver Toyota Dealers Association, a multi-year sponsorship of the Zoo's upcoming feature, "Giraffe Encounter." Your six Hometown Toyota Stores will support the project, a platform for guests to feed the Zoo's reticulated giraffes in their exhibit on a daily basis. In recognition of the support from the six local Toyota stores, Denver Zoo will name the feature "Giraffe Encounter, Made Possible By Toyota." Although the official date it will debut to the public is pending, due to construction and giraffe readiness, it is expected to open in June.

"We are extremely proud to continue our support of Denver Zoo and its mission stretching beyond the deep roots we planted with Toyota Elephant Passage in 2012," shared Stevinson Toyota West General Manager and Denver Toyota Dealers Association President Deck Hughes. "Our six Hometown Toyota Stores strive to enhance our local community and we are delighted to make this unique new feature possible for zoo visitors."

Giraffe Encounter, Made Possible By Toyota, will allow guests to bond with the Zoo's reticulated giraffes from within their exhibit throughout the day. During three feeding hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., guests can purchase lettuce to feed to resident giraffes Dikembe, Kipele, Masika and Heshimu. Staff members and volunteers will also be present to facilitate educational interpretation of giraffes and their behavior. This opportunity will be available daily, weather permitting.

"Denver Zoo is deeply grateful for this amazing show of support," says Denver Zoo Chief Development Officer Chris Harvey. "Our hometown Toyota stores have a proven record of supporting the local community and continue to help us provide exceptional family experiences and educational opportunities."

About The Denver Toyota Dealers Association
The Denver Toyota Dealers Association is a group of 6 Toyota dealerships that work collectively on mutually beneficial business endeavors and community sponsorships. Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores are: Groove Toyota in Englewood, Stevinson Toyota East in Aurora, Stevinson Toyota West in Lakewood, Larry H. Miller Toyota in Boulder, AutoNation Toyota Arapahoe in Centennial and Mountain States Toyota in Denver. At Toyota, we believe an auto company can make exciting, inspiring and innovative vehicles while also being a vehicle for change in our local community.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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