February 4, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)



Zoo offers Unique Way to Say
“Be Mine”

This Valentine’s Day the Louisville Zoo has a unique way to send a special message to loved ones and to help make a difference all at once. Now through February 14 you can save $15 on a special Valentine’s message package through the A.D.O.P.T.S. (Animals Depend on People To Survive) program.  Participants partner with the Zoo by “adopting” an animal for a full year. Funds received from the “adoptions” go directly toward the care and feeding of the amazing creatures in our care. The Louisville Zoo food budget for the animals is over $400,000 annually and as nutrition is a top priority this includes the highest grades of meat and the freshest of produce, along with hundreds of pounds of fish and other seafood.  As the Zoo’s collection grows, so does the food budget. Triton (21 year-old male California Sea lion) alone can eat nearly 50 pounds of fish a day. 

The Valentine’s special includes your choice of several loveable animals for only $60 (regularly $75) and includes an animal adoption certificate, a picture of the selected animal, a button photo, the adoptive parent’s name on the Zoo website and a plush animal from the Zoo’s gift shop.

Animals with special Valentine’s Day messaging include the following:

Grizzly Bear - “I can’t bear to be without you!”

Brazilian Ocelot - “I love you an ocelot”                  

Amur (Siberian) Tiger - “You’re the purrr-fect Amur for me!”

Western Lowland Gorilla - “I go ape over you!”                         

African Lion - “I ain’t lion, you’re my Valentine!”    

Wart Hog - “Hogs & kisses to you!”           

California Sea Lion – “Let’s seal it with a kiss”

African Elephant - “I could never forget you Valentine, I love you tons!”

Great Horned Owl - “Whooo’s my Valentine? You!”

Hartmann’s Zebra - “It’s black & white, I love you Valentine!”

Rockhopper Penguin - “I waddle be your Valentine!”


A.D.O.P.T.S. packages are available year-round through the Zoo’s membership office or online at www.louisvillezoo.org/support/adopts.


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).