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The Zoomobile brings educational live-animal programs and other interactive science and conservation programs to schools, preschools, daycares, churches, summer camps, nursing homes, scout meetings, businesses, and more, presenting programs across East Tennessee and surrounding areas.

The Zoomobile has a special animal collection that includes small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, spiders, insects and other invertebrates. We cannot bring large animals (sorry, the elephants don't fit in the Zoomobile), but all of the animals are fascinating and have a story to tell.  Most of the animals can be touched, but this depends on the animal and the situation.  Zoo staff and trained zoo volunteers handle the animals in a controlled manner.

Please note: Outdoor Science programs and Speaker's Bureau programs do not include a visit from live animals.

Find the right program for you (click the appropriate link or scroll down)

  • Speaker's Bureau for adult clubs, including civic clubs and church senior groups
  • Adult Programs for colleges, universities, or other continuing education facilities.
  • Einstein Programs for information on having Einstein African Gray Parrot visit your facility.
 

Mileage Fees

All of the Zoomobile programs that include a program fee also include a mileage fee.  The distance is calculated round-trip and the amounts below are totals.

0-40 miles (includes all of Knox County)
41-60 miles
61-80 miles
81-100 miles
$10
$25
$40
$80





Over 100 miles: add $15 for each additional 20 miles round-trip, or e-mail zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org for a quote.

Mileage is calculated using directions from Google maps starting from 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr.  Multiply the distance by 2 to get the round-trip distance.  If multiple routes are given, use the route that has the shortest driving time.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Availability

The Zoomobile is available year-round by advance reservation only.  While reservations made less than one month in advance are occasionally possible, it is best to make reservations at least two months in advance.
 

Programs for Schools, Preschools and Homeschool Groups

Zoomobile with frogZoomobile programs engage students either by bringing live animals into schools to help them learn and retain concepts such as habitats, adaptations, classification, predator/prey relationships and much more, or by taking them outside to learn science through observation and exploration.  All of the programs offered help teachers meet curriculum requirements in a memorable way, and meet TN state standards, T-cap and Gateway objectives across the curriculum.

 

Availability

Monday through Friday throughout the school year, except the last week of school. 

Programs can start as early as 8:00 a.m. for schools within 40 miles round-trip driving distance (20 miles one-way) from the zoo.  Allow for extra travel time if your school is further away.

 

Animals

All of the programs include three live animals except the Outdoor Science programs.


Types of Programs

(click on the link or scroll down for more information)
 
  • Classroom Programs are presented to a single classroom at a time and are designed to be the most interactive of the indoor programs for small groups.  Usually most, if not all of the animals will be touchable, and each student will get to see each of the animals up-close.  Classroom programs are available for preschool through 12th grade.
  • Team Programs bring two classes together for each presentation.  This is a good compromise between classroom programs and assembly programs.  Team programs are more up-close and interactive than the assembly programs, but less interactive than the classroom programs.  The team programs may still allow the opportunity to touch one of the animals during the program.  Team programs are available for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Assembly Programs can accommodate an entire grade or even the entire school in one to three programs.  Assembly programs are available for Kindergarten through 12th grade, but preschool may attend a program for older grades.
  • Outdoor Science Programs turn your outdoor classroom or local natural area into a wildlife research facility to learn science through observation and exploration.  Available for 3rd grade and older.

Questions and helpful hints

Check the frequently asked questions FAQs for Zoomobile Classroom Outreach Programs.pdf  page.  If you still have questions, contact us by e-mail at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org for assistance.  You can also call 865.637.5331 ext. 325 and leave a message.

You can see what other teachers are saying about the Zoomobile at the Teacher Comments page Teacher comments.
 

Classroom Programs

(Preschool-12th grade)

Each classroom receives its own presentation so that students have more opportunities to interact with the presenter, more chances for audience participation, and usually more opportunities to touch animals in these up-close and hands-on presentations. Each program includes three live animals, most of which can be touched by the students, but this may depend on the animal and the topic (for example, owls are not touchable).  A wide variety of grade-appropriate topics are available to support your curriculum. Special topics can also be created with enough advance notice.

 

Group sizes

(no exceptions to group size limits)
Preschool - 3rd grade
4th - 6th grade
7th - 12th grade
25 students or fewer per program
30 students or fewer per program
35 students or fewer per program

The Zoomobile can visit as many times as needed to reach all of the students.  If you only have time for the Zoomobile to visit on a single day but too many students to reach within three programs, consider a Team or Assembly program.


Fees for Classroom Programs

(on same day and location)
$75 1st Program $50 2nd program $50 3rd program Up to three programs per day

Add $25 for gaps of 60 minutes or more from end of one program to start of the next program.

Mileage fee: $10 for all schools in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip driving distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Program Topics

For topics and key concepts for Classroom Programs, click on the appropriate link below.
 
Preschool Classroom Programs Zoomobile Classroom Topics Preschool
Kindergarten Classroom Programs Zoomobile Classroom Topics Kindergarten
1st Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 1st grade
2nd grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 2nd grade
3rd Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 3rd grade
4th Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 4th grade
5th Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 5th grade
6th Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 6th grade
7th to 12th Grade Classroom Programs
Zoomobile Classroom Topics 7 to 12 grade

 

Reservations

Submit the Zoomobile Reservation Form Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.doc  by e-mail, fax or mail.  If you cannot view the MSWord version, try the .pdf version: Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.pdf.

Incomplete forms may slow down your reservation process.

If possible, try to schedule the programs in one room with 10 - 15 minutes between programs. Programs should be in a room with doors that close.

Get lower rates by scheduling with other teachers to have multiple programs on the same day.

 

Confirmation

A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request has been processed.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 3 business days, please contact zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or 865-637-5331 ext. 325.  We may not have received your form.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 


Team Programs

(2 classrooms: K - 12th grade)

Steve with Fennec FoxTeam programs are for two classes that join together to see one program at the same time. This is a good option for schools on a tighter financial or time budget.  Due to the larger group size, Team programs are not as interactive as the Classroom programs, but still allow the students to see live animals up-close, and for most programs, they may get the opportunity to touch one of the animals.

 

Group sizes

(no exceptions to group size limits)
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

4th - 6th Grade

7th - 12th Grade
Two classes of up to 25 (50 students max)

Two classes of up to 30 (60 students max)

Two classes of up to 35 (70 students max)


Fees for Team Programs

(on same day and location: 1st - 12th grade)

$95 1st program
$70 2nd program
$70 3rd program
Up to three programs per day

$25 for programs 60 minutes or more apart from the end of one program to the start of the next program.

Mileage fee: $10 for all schools in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Program Topics

For topics and key concepts for Team Programs, click on the appropriate link below.

Kindergarten Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics Kindergarten
1st Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 1st grade
2nd Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 2nd Grade
3rd Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 3rd grade
4th Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 4th grade
5th Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 5th grade
6th Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 6th grade
7th - 12th Grade Team Programs
Zoomobile Team Topics 7 to 12


Reservations

Submit the Zoomobile Reservation Form Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.doc by e-mail, fax or mail.  If you cannot view the MSWord version, try the .pdf version: Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.pdf.

Incomplete forms may slow down your reservation process.

If possible, try to schedule the programs in one room with 10 - 15 minutes between programs. Programs should be in a room large enough for two classes, with doors that close.

Get lower rates by scheduling with other teachers to have multiple programs on the same day.

 

Confirmation

A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request has been processed.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 3 business days, please contact zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or 865-637-5331 ext. 325.  We may not have received your form.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.



School Assembly Programs

Bird Show HawkBring the whole grade or even the entire school together to see live animals while learning about some of the special adaptations wildlife use to survive in their habitats.  All assembly programs include at least three live animals.

 

Programs

(45 minutes)

Animals in Action Road Show

(available September through February)

Learning comes alive as students observe a variety of animals in motion and learn how animals have special adaptations to help them meet their four basic needs.  This program may include free-flighted birds as well as other animals with special adaptations for movement. 

Key Points
  • Animals must move to find food, water, protection and air
  • Animals move in different ways because they live in different habitats, eat different foods and get eaten by different animals.
  • Animals have special adaptations for movement to help them survive in their unique circumstances.

Key Words:  adaptation, habitat, predator, prey

Wildlife Survivors

(available year-round except the last week of school)

Discover how a variety of animals find food, water and protect themselves from predators and weather in different habitats by using unique adaptations.

Key Points

  • Animals need food, water, protection and air to survive.
  • Animals must have special adaptations to get the things they need to survive.
  • The types of adaptations can depend on the type of habitat animals live in.

Key Words:  adaptation, habitats, predator, prey, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, food chain

 

Grades

Kindergarten - 12th grade.  Preschool may attend a program for older grades.

 

Assembly program fees

(up to three programs per day at same school)
 
Up to 150 students: $130 for 1st program $115 each additional program
151 - 300 students: $205 for 1st program $190 each additional program
300 - 600 students: $260 for 1st program $245 each additional program

$25 for programs 60 minutes or more apart from end of one program to start of the next program

Mileage fee: $10 for all schools in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Reservations

Submit the Zoomobile Reservation Form Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.doc by e-mail, fax or mail.  If you cannot view the MSWord version, try the .pdf version: Zoomobile Reservation Form 2013.pdf.

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include:
 
  • school name, zip code, and phone number
  • preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • time of program(s)
  • grade levels in each program
  • number of students in each program.
Assemblies should be scheduled in a gymnasium, auditorium or other large room with doors that close.

A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.  Please allow up to 3 business days for a response.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 
 

Outdoor Science Programs Butterfly on hand

The purpose of the Outdoor Science program is to get students outside, not just to observe nature, but to study it, ask questions and investigate the answers while possibly contributing to scientific knowledge. Knoxville Zoo educators provide the expertise and tools to guide students through the process of researching wildlife and understanding the relevance of their research to other scientists and wildlife conservation.

The programs can be done either in your school's outdoor classroom, in a nearby park or on a field trip to a local natural area. See the requirements listed with each program to help you determine your best choice. If your school is in Knox County, we are fortunate to have several nice natural areas to choose from. Some suggestions for field trips include: Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge (visit: http://www.sevenislands.org/home.html for more information), Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area (visit: http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/parks/forks.asp), and House Mountain State Natural Area (visit: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/na/natareas/housemtn/).

Three types of Outdoor Science programs are available for 3rd grade and older. Request one or all three. The Outdoor Science Investigations program can help prepare students for the Citizen Science and/or Environmental Service Learning programs. Programs are available for schools, scout groups, college classes, and other student groups interested in outdoor science.

 

Outdoor Science Investigations

Data collectionStudents will learn the difference between descriptive and comparative questions, develop testable science questions from observations of a local natural area, and then use tools to investigate these questions.

Requirements:


  • Site Requirements: area with at least two natural landscapes (ie: open field, forest, etc.)
  • Group size: 1 classroom per program, up to 3 programs per day.
  • Availability: year-round
  • Length: 1 hour minimum, 2 hours will allow more time for investigation.
  • Fees & reservations: See schedule below.

Citizen Science

Through exploration and observation, the students help collect data for researchers working with wildlife or environmental problems. As data is accumulated over the years, students will be able to see data collected by others for the same project, compare results, look for trends, and make predictions. Participants gain an understanding of the importance of wildlife research, the scientific method, data collection techniques and conservation. By helping with on-going research projects in an outdoor setting participants gain a sense of accomplishment and ownership over the research and the natural area, whether it is their outdoor classroom or a local park.

Requirements:
 
  • Site Requirements: see requirements listed with each project below.
  • Group size: 1 classroom per program, up to 3 programs per day.
  • Availability: year-round, depending on the project. See the list below.
  • Length: 1 hour minimum, 2 hours recommended.
  • Fees & reservations: See schedule below.

Citizen Science Options

Participate in local or national on-going research such as:

    • Available all year, but February through November are suggested, and March through October is best.
    • Requirements: a natural area on school grounds or nearby, or a field trip to a local natural area (see suggested field trips above). There are a variety of species that can be investigated. Once the coordinator knows your location and date of program, the best species to study can be determined.
  • Butterfly distribution and monitoring
    • Available March through November, but April through October is best.
    • Requirements: any natural area (field, forest, etc.) will do, but fields with medium to high vegetation are best.
  • Ladybug distribution and monitoring
    • Available year-round, but March through November are suggested and May through October is best.
    • Requirements: Any schoolyard or natural area will do, but areas with low to medium vegetation are best. For winter programs, an area with plenty of leaf litter is necessary.
  • Frog Call Surveys
    • Available February through July (evenings only: great for scout groups)
    • Requirements: An annual frog call site can be set up at your location (pond or wetland required), or you can do a field trip to an established site. We are currently doing surveys at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, but more sites may be added in the future.
  • Monarch Butterfly Tagging
    • Limited time only: available through October 14th
    • Students can learn about butterfly life cycles, monarch migration, geography and the scientific process by participating in monarch butterfly tagging. As the monarch butterflies migrate south through East Tennessee in September and early October, citizen scientists catch and tag them to help researchers better understand how monarchs migrate. Students can participate in this research as part of Knoxville Zoo's Outdoor Science program.
    • Requirements: A large area with plenty of plants in bloom. This can be done at your school if you have a large field with wildflowers along the edge, or it can be done as a field trip to a natural area such as Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, or other nearby areas.

Environmental Service Learning

Environmental service learning (ESL) is a cross-curriculum community-based project that helps students use knowledge gained in the classroom, potentially including math, science, history, social studies, writing and more to solve a conservation problem in their community. This hands-on problem-solving approach to applying knowledge can make education relevant to the real world, give students confidence in learned skills, and create a sense of accomplishment, purpose and ownership.

The Knoxville Zoo's ESL program includes three main parts:

  1. A zoo education staff member will visit the classroom to provide background information about a wildlife conservation problem in a 45-minute program.
  2. Based on this information, the students create a research project to investigate what is happening in the school's outdoor classroom, community or local natural area and what can be done to help solve the problem.
  3. After developing solutions, the students either implement the solution, or make recommendations to the appropriate body (local government, school officials, land managers, etc.).
Zoo staff provide guidance throughout the project and help answer questions that the teachers may have. The zoo staff will also return to hear the student's recommendations or see the implementation.

Requirements:

  • Site Requirements: none required, but access to a local natural area, outdoor classroom or the ability to visit public areas in the community is recommended.
  • Group size: 1 classroom per program, up to 3 programs per day.
  • Availability: year-round
  • Length: 45-minute introductory program. Allow several months for the students to work on their projects.
  • Fees & reservations: See schedule below. It is best to schedule the introductory program in the Fall semester or very early in the Spring semester to give the students more time to work on their projects.
ESL Projects can include:

  • Amphibian conservation
  • Butterfly conservation
  • Bird conservation
  • Pollinator conservation

Fees for all Outdoor Science programs

$60 1st hour, $50 each additional hour

Mileage fee: $10 for all sites in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo. If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.


Reservations

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include:

  • School name, zip code, and phone number
  • Do you want an "Investigations," "Citizen Science" or "Service Learning" program?
  • If Citizen Science or Service Learning, which project are you interested in?
  • Preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • Time of program(s)
  • Number of hours you would like for each program
  • Grade levels in each program
  • Number of students in each program

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program. Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program. For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash. For more information, please e-mail zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or call 865.637.5331 ext. 325.
 

After School Programs

Learning doesn't have to stop when the bell rings.  The Zoomobile can bring live animals to your after school or day care facility to share the wonders of wildlife in a fun and educational program.  Unlike the classroom programs, which are grade specific, the after school programs are geared for a wider age range of students in the same program.  Topics covered may include how animals survive, animal relationships (competing, cooperating, etc.), animals as pets, or a topic custom-made for you.  Please contact us at least a month in advance for a custom topic.  For prices and scheduling information, see Kid and Family Programs below.
 
 

Kid and Family Programs

Zoomobile showSummer camps, vacation bible schools, libraries, daycares, scout meetings and other kid or family-related groups can have an animal program for their kids or families.  The program introduces audiences to some of the amazing ways that animals get the things they need to survive through a visit from at least three live animals and biofacts (feathers, bones, etc.).  Programs are 30-45 minutes depending on age and audience size.  Groups of 35 or less will have more opportunities to interact with the presenter and the animals.  Larger groups may have a program that is closer to 30 minutes, with time at the end for the audience to visit the table at the front to touch biofacts and possibly one animal.  This will depend on the audience and the situation.


Pricing

(up to 3 programs on same day and location)


Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st program
Sat / Sun
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st program
All Days
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Extra Programs
all days / anytime

35 people or less*
$75
$130
$150
$60 each
36 - 150 people
$130
$130
$150
$115 each
151 - 300 people
$205
$205
$205
$190 each
300 people or more
$260
$260
$260
$245 each

Mileage fee: $10 for all sites in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

* Preschool groups may not have more than 25 preschool children in one program, and the program will last 30 minutes for 4-5 yr. olds and 20 minutes for 3 and under.

 

Reservations or questions

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone at 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include the following information to schedule a program:

  • Your name
  • Organization name
  • Mailing (billing) address
  • Street address of location where program will be presented
  • Your daytime phone number
  • Phone number at the location of the program, or your cell phone number
  • preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • time of program(s)
  • Age range of audience in each program
  • Estimated number of people in each program.
  • Zoomobile_Community_reservation_form.pdf
A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 
 

Birthday Programs

Be the coolest parent around when you bring the zoo to your child's birthday. This ultimate birthday gift can be done either at the birthday party or as a gift to your child's classroom.


At the Party
The Zoomobile will bring three live animals and biofacts for a 30-45 minute program about the wonders of wildlife. The Zoomobile does not visit private homes, but does visit any public facility (churches, community centers, neighborhood clubhouses, schools, etc.). No other animals may be in the room where the program will be presented. See Kid and Family Programs above for pricing and scheduling information.

In the Classroom
Give the gift of education by sponsoring the Zoomobile to visit your child's classroom as a birthday gift or for any other special occasion. We'll present a classroom animal program, but it will be sponsored by you as a gift to the entire class. Be sure to check with your child's teacher before scheduling the program. See Classroom Programs above for prices, program topics and scheduling information.
 


Interactive Displays

Girl at displayYour special event can be wild.  The Zoomobile can bring four live small animals and biofacts (bones, skins, etc.) to display at your event.  Trained volunteers or staff will handle the animals and teach visitors about the animals and biofacts.  Some of the animals may be touchable, but this will depend on the animal and the situation.  The Zoomobile is a minivan or SUV that is used to transport the equipment and animals.  If allowed, we can park the Zoomobile next to the display to draw more attention to the display, but visitors are not able to tour the Zoomobile.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • A 10 ft. x 10 ft. space to set up the display
  • At least one 6 ft. to 8 ft. table and two chairs.  We can bring our own table & chairs for a small fee.  Two 6 ft. tables are best.
  • Must be indoors if the temperature will be below 65 degrees, or we may not be able to bring animals.  We can still bring biofacts.
  • If outdoors, the display needs to be under a sturdy exhibitor's tent/canopy or other solid structure such as a pavilion.  We can bring our own tent for a small fee.  Please let us know if we can use stakes to hold the tent down.
  • We cannot bring animals if there will be loud noises nearby (live bands, loudspeakers, carnival rides, sirens, etc.).  We reserve the right to leave if the area is too loud.  A minimum of the first hour may still be charged.
  • We cannot be near other live-animal displays.
  • It is best if the display is located where people will not be walking behind us.
  • Parking near the display is preferred.  Please let us know if we will be able to park and/or unload at the display.

Pricing


Monday - Friday Sat / Sun and evenings after 4:00 p.m.

For-profit organization $85 per hour $85 per hour with 2-hour minimum
Non-profit organization $75 per hour $75 per hour with 2-hour minimum
Table / chairs fee $10 per day waived if provided by your organization
Tent fee $10 per day waived if provided by your organization

Mileage fee: $10 for all sites in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

For events with previous recorded attendance greater than 1,000 people, fees may be reduced or waived at Knoxville Zoo's discretion.

 

Reservations and questions

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone at 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include the following information to request a program:
  • Your name
  • Organization name
  • Event name (if different from organization name)
  • Mailing (billing) address
  • Street address of the location of the event (if different from mailing address)
  • Your daytime phone number
  • Phone number at the location of the event, or your cell phone number
  • preferred dates (if possible, please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • Times you would like display to start and end
  • Age range of audience expected (if families or all ages, just write "all ages")
  • Estimated number of people expected.
  • Zoomobile_Community_reservation_form.pdf
A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check, made out to Knoxville Zoo, is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 

Stage Programs 

The Zoomobile live animal program can be a highlight to the stage programs at your special event.  Live animals such as snakes, owls, hawks, parrots, porcupine or opossum will capture attention and give your audience a memorable experience.  At least 3 live animals will be presented in each program.  See Kid and Family Programs above for more information.
 

Speaker's Bureau

Do you need a guest speaker for your civic group or club meeting to talk about the zoo? We can have a zoo staff member or docent visit your group for a 20-30 minute presentation about what's new at the zoo, how the zoo is pursuing its mission, and how you can get involved. There is no fee for programs between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. unless live animals are requested.  If you would like animals to visit, see Adult Programs below.

 

Reservations and questions

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone at 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include the following information to schedule a program:

  • Your name
  • Organization name
  • Street address of location where program will be presented
  • Your daytime phone number
  • Phone number at the location of the program, or your cell phone number
  • Preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • Time of program
  • Time that we need to arrive (for example, if lunch is part of the meeting)
  • Estimated number of people attending.
  • Zoomobile_Community_reservation_form.pdf
A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.
 

 

Adult Programs

Whether you have a club that would like a live-animal program at your meeting, or you are a college teacher/professor who would like to have live animals in your class to help you teach the concepts in your curriculum, the Zoomobile can bring its special collection of small live animals to your group for a 45 minute program about the topic of your choice.  The programs are designed to be interactive, especially for smaller groups, and may also include biofacts (skulls, skins, etc.).  Please try to contact us at least one month in advance so we can tailor the program to your needs.

 

Pricing

(up to 3 programs on same day and location)
 

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st Program
Sat / Sun
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st Program
All Days
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
1st Program
Extra Programs
all days / anytime

35 people or less $75 $130 $150 $60 each
36 - 150 people $130 $130 $150 $115 each
151 - 300 people $205 $205 $205 $190 each
300 or more people $260 $260 $260 $245 each

Mileage fee: $10 for all sites in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Reservations or questions

By e-mail (faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone at 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include the following information to schedule a program:

  • Your name
  • Organization name
  • Mailing (billing) address
  • Street address of location where program will be presented
  • Your daytime phone number
  • Phone number at the location of the program, or your cell phone number
  • preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • time of program(s)
  • Age range of audience in each program
  • Estimated number of people in each program.
  • Zoomobile_Community_reservation_form.pdf
A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent three weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 
 

Screech owlScout Programs and Events

The Zoomobile can bring live animals to your scout meeting or event.

For an animal program at a scout meeting, see Kid and Family Programs above for more information.  This style of program works best when the audience will arrive at one time and will be seated during the entire program.

For a display at a scouting event, such as a jamboree, see Interactive Displays above for more information.  This style of program works better for audiences that will be coming and going at different times.

For service-learning projects at nearby parks or natural areas, see Outdoor Science Programs.
 
 

Senior Care and Special Needs Programs

Looking for something new and different for your clients? The Zoomobile will bring three live animals and biofacts for a "touching experience." Programs are 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the audience.  Audiences that are more cognizant will receive a longer program with opportunities to ask questions, while less cognizant audiences will receive a shorter program with less information and more touching or close-up encounters.  When scheduling the program, please let us know the abilities of your group.  The program is available year-round.

 

Pricing

(8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Monday - Friday          $75
Saturday - Sunday       $130

Mileage fee: $10 for all sites in Knox County or within 40 miles round-trip distance of Knoxville Zoo.  If further away, see mileage fee chart above.  Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Reservations or questions

By e-mail (usually faster due to staff schedules) at zoomobile@knoxville-zoo.org or phone at 865.637.5331 ext. 325.

If e-mailing, please include the following information to schedule a program:

  • Your name
  • Organization name
  • Mailing (billing) address
  • Street address of facility (if different)
  • Your daytime phone number
  • Phone number at the facility (if different)
  • preferred dates (please include multiple options in case your first choice is not available)
  • time of program
  • Estimated number of people in each program.
  • Description of audience's abilities (ie: will ask and answer questions, advanced alzheimer's patients, mixture, etc.)
  • Zoomobile_Community_reservation_form.pdf
A confirmation will be sent as soon as your request is processed.

 

Payment

An invoice and pre-visit letter will be sent two weeks prior to your program.  Payment by check made out to Knoxville Zoo is due on the day of the program.  For the safety of the presenter, please do not pay with cash.
 

Einstein Programs

EinsteinThe world-famous "Einstein" African Gray Parrot is available to talk to your group.  Since Einstein is such a popular bird, all requests for Einstein to visit are assessed a $50 fee in addition to the regular program and mileage fees.  Please schedule early since Einstein's availability is limited.  Einstein's availability is greater during October through February when she is not presenting shows at Knoxville Zoo.  For information on fees and scheduling, see the appropriate program style from the menu at the top of page.