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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Duncan Announces $500,000 Grant for Zoo Knoxville

September 22, 2017
Press Release

Duncan Announces $500,000 Grant for Zoo Knoxville


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                            CONTACT: Don Walker

September 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (202) 225-5435


WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) today announced a grant for $500,000 for Zoo Knoxville for a new reptile and amphibian center and to improve the educational and interpretive experience for visitors.


“I am pleased that this award will improve and enhance what is already one of the finest zoos in the Southeastern United States,” said Duncan.


Eddie Mannis, Chair of the Zoo Knoxville Board of Directors, said, “We at Zoo Knoxville are honored to receive this funding in support of the zoo’s new reptile science education center. This state-of-the-art experience will use the intriguing world of reptiles to teach core scientific concepts while also serving as an international research center committed to saving some of the rarest creatures on the planet.”


This will allow the zoo to expand existing partnerships with the Knox County School District, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Nature Conservancy to create new exhibits featuring indoor, outdoor, and structured classroom spaces for interactive learning.


The grant will be awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services was established by Congress in 1996 as part of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.


Mr. Mannis concluded by stating, “On behalf of our board and staff I would like to thank Congressman Duncan for championing our application and supporting our efforts to increase the economic and educational impact the zoo has on our region.”