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Jim Brown Press Release
Aug 03, 2016

Jim Browne Automotive Group Partners With Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Thanks to the generosity of Jim Browne Automotive Group, the animal ambassador team at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has a new outreach vehicle dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of the Zoo to a wide variety of audiences in our community.
New Outreach Education Vehicle Makes an Immediate Impact

TAMPA, Fla. (August 3, 2016) – Thanks to the generosity of Jim Browne Automotive Group, the animal ambassador team at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has a new outreach vehicle dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of the Zoo to a wide variety of audiences in our community. The outreach team will travel across Tampa Bay in the safety and comfort of a 2015 Mercedes Sprinter Van, which accommodates five staff members and a wide variety of animal ambassadors. The van is wrapped in a distinctly colorful jungle design.

“The Zoo is grateful to the community leadership of Jim and Jill Browne who are longtime supporters of the Zoo,” said Mark Haney, Chief Advancement Officer. “This vehicle will provide much needed logistical support to transport our educators and outreach animals to offsite programs in local schools, businesses, community festivals and more.”

In gratitude of the van sponsorship and its ongoing partnership, the Zoo has recognized
Jim Browne Automotive with a dedication of its Jungle Carousel which sits in the very heart of the Zoo itself, delighting children of all ages for nearly two decades.

“Since our founding in 2007, the Jim Browne Automotive Group has been giving back to the communities we serve, including a partnership with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, one of our area’s local treasures,” said Jill Browne. “We are proud to serve all of the communities where we do business in a variety of capacities, along with our generous employees who donate their time, talents and contributions.”

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo offers an exciting outreach program which provides up-close
animal encounters and educational programming in the community. Guests can have one-on one interaction with the Zoo’s professional educators to learn more about animals at the Zoo, their wild counterparts, and how everyone can be an “agent of change” for wildlife and wild places. Animal ambassadors that travel offsite range from small mammals and birds, to reptiles and amphibians.

In 2015, the Zoo’s outreach department conducted nearly 200 offsite programs in
Hillsborough and surrounding counties, reaching more than 50,000 people. To learn more, visit www.LowryParkZoo.org.
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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