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Zoo Knoxville Site of King University Alumni Event June 3

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 9, 2017 – King University invites alumni to gather together for an afternoon of fun at Zoo Knoxville located at 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive in Knoxville on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The activities begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast buffet followed by an entertaining day touring the Zoo’s many exhibits.

“We are looking forward to a great day in Knoxville with alumni, faculty, and staff of King University,” said Dana McMurray, director of Alumni Relations at King. “Zoo Knoxville is the perfect place for our families to spend some time together, reconnecting with classmates and meeting fellow alumni.”

The newest exhibit to the zoo is the Tiger Forest. Arya, a Malayan tiger sent special delivery from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California, is the first resident of one of the best tiger habitats in the country. Currently, there are fewer than 400 Malayan tigers left in the world. Arya will be joining two Malayan tiger brothers, Bashir and Tanvir, on the recommendation of the Malayan Tiger Species Survival Plan, which is a collaborative effort of all zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to save them from extinction. Once Arya is introduced to the boys, the hope is a litter of Malayan tiger cubs on the way.

The cost for the zoo tour and breakfast is only $10 per person with children 12 and under free. The breakfast buffet is from 9-10 a.m. To secure a reservation, RSVP no later than May 25 to Dawn McMurray at 800.621.5464 or

Zoo Knoxville is accredited by the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. According to historical information by the Knoxville Mercury, Zoo Knoxville has a few distinctions not shared by other zoos. More red pandas have been born in Knoxville than any other zoo in the world. Since the birth of Little Diamond, Zoo Knoxville has gone on to other firsts, including being the first zoo in the world to hatch critically endangered northern spider tortoises. Knoxville was also the first zoo in the world to successfully breed the second generation of captive-born Arakan forest turtles and common spider tortoises, an important contribution to the science of conservation.

Zoo Knoxville exhibits also include the Black Bear Falls, Central American Birds, Chimp Ridge, Clayton Family Kids Cove, Gorilla Valley, Grasslands Africa, Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure, Reptiles, River Otter Habitat, The Boyd Family Red Panda Village, and the Valley of the Kings.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.