Zoo introduces its new 'Bank On It' campaign



When you get home at the end of the day, where do you empty your jingling pockets? A jar by the front door? A table? Maybe some of it falls from your pocket into your couch cushions?

Perhaps instead you could drop it in an elephant bank and help your local zoo.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has recently announced a new community campaign, "Bank On It." This campaign is a way to support Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's new Encounter Africa exhibit.

Community members need only donate $50 and get themselves an elephant bank from any US Bank location, at the front gate of the Zoo or online through the zoo's Bank On It website.

They are then invited to decorate their elephant bank any way they wish, take a picture of it and email it to the Zoo by April 1 to be included in the art display that will be inside the Encounter Africa exhibit. Like any old piggy bank, the elephant is hungry for spare change. Once you've filled it up, you may bring your donation to any front gate of the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Finally, prizes will be awarded to certain age ranges for best decorated bank and most money raised.

All the proceeds for this campaign will support what Cheyenne Mountain Zoo calls its "biggest project ever," the Encounter Africa exhibit. The exhibit will feature elephants, meerkats, lions, and black rhinos and is projected to open in late 2012.

For more information visit: www.cmzoo.org

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