Natural Bridge, VA—December 17, 2012—
It was more than business as usual for Virginia Safari Park on November 23, 2012. The day marked the 11th annual “Coats for Kids” charity, in which Virginia Safari Park opened its gates and donated their entire day’s proceeds to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the Rockbridge County area. “Coats for Kids” occurs each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Park.
“This charity continues to grow,” said Eric Mogensen, CEO of Virginia Safari Park. “One day really can make a big difference in our area, and, of course spending a day at the Safari Park is just a fun way to get involved.”
Each elementary school compiled a list by size and gender for the children in need of winter coats. The new coats were purchased, wrapped and delivered by the Safari Staff to each school by December 14th, just before Christmas break.
The event was a great success this year, leading to the delivery of over 180 coats to Rockbridge area school children on December 14, 2012. Burlington Coat Factory in Roanoke, VA was very generous and helpful, providing great service and supplying a large number of coats in various sizes for the staff to purchase. Virginia Safari Park would like to give thanks to the strong community support and the generous donations that helped make the 11th annual Coats for Kids event a success!
Virginia Safari Park will open its gates and donate their entire day’s proceeds to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the Rockbridge County area. This program occurs each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We will donate a minimum of $1,000 or the day’s gross income, whichever is greater, to be shared amongst the area schools. Come pet a llama and feed a giraffe to support a great local cause!
Visit our Safari Shots page to see slide shows of some wonderful pictures!
Virginia Safari Park: Step Into the Wild
Read an article and watch a slideshow by travel writer Andrea Forcum, published 6/7/11 on Examiner.com.
Exotic Animals get Up Close and Personal at Virginia Safari Park!
Where else would you roll to a stop in a natural environment of open fields and
wooded areas to find an elk, antelope or even a camel wanting to stick their heads through your open vehicle window? The Serengeti?
Read an article, watch a video and listen to a zoo interview with Virgina Safari Park's Marketing Director and ShenandoahValley.com's Hank Zimmerman. Published 6/3/11.
Babies are being born daily in both the Safari Drive-Thru and the Safari Village
Walk-Thru. Watch as calves, fawns, kids and cria romp around or just nap in the sun!
Residents of Rockbridge County, VA are eligible to receive discounted admission with their valid driver's license/ID. Visit our Rates & Hours page for more information.
Virginia Safari Park now offers a reciprocal zoo membership program with
Reston Zoo [Vienna, VA] and Gulf Breeze Zoo [Gulf Breeze, FL].