Friday, December 19, 2008

Track Santa!

Use the "TRACK SANTA" link to the left to track all of Santa's visits to children around the world. (& to make sure he makes it down your chimney, too!) MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY TRACKING!

Santa Claus is coming to town...

That's right! The big man himself has scheduled a special trip to the Knoxville Zoo to visit with me & all my friends. You too can come join in the fun every Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to make a stop at the Pilot Building while visiting the zoo, & you might even be able to spot some of Santa's very helpful friends. (I'll give ya a little hint... they have antlers & love sleigh rides!)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pellissippi State Balloon Fest '08

The weekend of September 26th & 27th proved to be very special despite the cloudy skies. I was honored to be part of the Pellissippi State Balloon Fest! I got to go on Friday & Saturday afternoon & perform as part of the children programs at the event. It was so great to see how many people came to see me... I almost couldn't believe it. There were people waiting an hour before I was even supposed to go on just to make sure they had a good spot in the audience. The first night, I came with my friend Lucas, the Screech Owl. Everybody thought he was so cute, & they all loved the story of how he came to live at the Knoxville Zoo. As for Saturday, I got the pleasure of traveling with Cyrano, a Green Aracari. He looks a lot like a miniature Toucan. We had a really fun "catching" contest with this little girl named Cheyenne. She proved to be a tough competitor for little Cyrano. I hope they invite us back next year. It's always so fun interacting with all the kids & their families. Not to mention the beautiful hot-air balloons... very cool!

My first school show of the year...

So, I just went on my first school show of the year! My friends & I packed up & headed to Maryville Intermediate on Monday, September 29th. The kids were so great, & they just loved all my friends... Inga, a Red-Tailed Hawk, flew inches from their heads; & Grettle, a Porcupine, got to show off her climbing abilities. But I think the coolest thing about the trip was when Ollie, the Barred Owl, actually started to "hoot" during the program! It's so rare to hear an owl call, & I think it's so neat that the kids got that kind of experience. This school show season is going to be one of the best, I think.


Well, it has been another fun & successful season at the Knoxville Zoo Bird Show! I'm sorry to say it, but we are almost to that time of year yet again... the last official day of shows at the zoo will be Sunday, October 12th. That's right, only two weekends left to come & enjoy all the excitement of a free-flighted bird show! I know that I am sad to see it come to a close, but am looking forward to visiting all different kinds of schools this fall & winter. So, please come visit me one last time at the Knoxville Zoo, & I will be hoping to hear (& see) a lot of my fans over the winter. See you all very soon...


Monday, July 21, 2008

Show Camp a SUCCESS!

This year we have tried something new at the Bird Show. We participated in a project known as SHOW CAMP as part of the summer Zoo Camp programs. A class of children got to experience first-hand what it means to truly be a SUPERSTAR! They wrote, directed & starred in their very own show which took place in place of the regular bird show. On Friday, July 19th, I became "Queen" of the Jungle & saw the next generation of Hollywood! Great Job, kids... look forward to a repeat smash hit next summer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Everybody do the dinosaur... that's right, your favorite purple T-Rex is back at the Knoxville Zoo. I am so excited to announce that BARNEY the dinosaur will be performing 3 shows on Saturday, July 19th. Anybody looking for a great time, singing & dancing be sure to stop by the New Sentinel Amphitheatre to see me & my big purple friend!



Saturday, April 12, 2008

Opening Day of SHOWS!

That's right... it's April 12th, & my friends & I are finally ready to strut our stuff. So, come on out & support us as we dazzle you with some new (& really fun) behaviors. Hope to see you there! In case you forgot, the show times for the entire summer are:


11:30, 12:30 & 2:30

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fun with WWW...

No, it doesn't stand for World Wide Web, it's time for WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK in Pigeon Forge! I actually am planning on participating in the evnets along with a few of my close friends from the Knoxville Zoo Bird Show. We are going to be presenting on Thursday, January 17th from 11:00 in the morning til around 12:00. You should definitely make a point to stop be not only to catch me in action, but also to be the first on you block to catch a glimpse of a few of the new animals we have for the Bird Show this year. I guarantee that it will be an hour filled with tons of cool facts & exciting behaviors from both the trainers & the animals! Hope to see you there...

For more info. go to the following website:


Well, it's the beginning of a brand new year, & I am so excited. This year is already proving to be one full of surprises & great news. The holiday season has been extremely busy, in more ways than one. The television show I traveled to Boston to tape was recently aired over in England & there is already talk of more possibile trips to come in the near future! (but you'll have to stayed tune for that information) Also, the Bird Show here at the zoo has acquired a few new friends over the winter. Plans have been made for all the "new guys" to prepare over the next few months & be ready to make their much awaited debuts in the Bird Show beginning this April. Hope all of you had a very wonderful holiday time, & we are all looking forward to seeing you at the Knoxville Zoo soon. Please, make a special visit to cheer us on here at the Bird Show!