by Max Brantley
Just in time for a holiday weekend, the Little Rock Zoo is unveiling a new feature, Lorikeet Landing, a place where zoo visitors can feed colorful lorikeets a cup of nectar. Press notice on the jump.
LR ZOO PRESS ADVISORY
What: Grand opening of Lorikeet Landing, an interactive bird aviary where guests can feed the birds a cup of nectar.
Who: Zoo director Mike Blakely and lorikeets.
When: 10:00 am Friday, May 25, 2007
Where: Little Rock Zoo Lorikeet Landing exhibit located to the left of the main entry plaza.
Program: Zoo director Mike Blakely will introduce the new aviary and take guests on a special tour of the exhibit. Press will get a chance to feed the lorikeet for free and take photos of the new exhibit as it opens to the public for the first time. Interviews with zoo staff and lorikeet keepers will be available following a short five-minute introduction by Blakely.
Background: The Lorikeet Landing exhibit was recently constructed using funds from the 2004 Bond Project approved by the voters of Little Rock. The interactive aviary features 25 rainbow lorikeets. Lorikeets are a colorful bird native to the country of Australia. Guests visiting the exhibit can purchase a $2 cup of nectar to feed the birds.