Kids recruited to help the elephants

6:39 PM, Mar 10, 2011   |    comments
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Today, area kids are being recruited to help raise money for the zoo elephants' new home.

Sixty kids at Montview Community Preschool turned in the 15,000 pennies they've collected since the start of the school year - $150 worth.

They're helping kick off the "Kids Campaign" to raise money for the Asian Tropics exhibit that'll be Mimi and Dolly's new home when it opens next year.

"Kids have always said to us, 'we care about animals and we love Mimi and Dolly,' and think about it when they pack their trunks and move down the street to their new home in Asian Tropics, we'll be able to house 12 elephants at Denver Zoo," Craig Piper, president and CEO of the Denver Zoo, said.

Starting Sunday, when the zoo celebrates the Thai festival "National Elephant Day," kids can pick up a special "ele" bank at the zoo or at Young Americans Bank at 3550 East 1st Ave. after March 13, to start collecting money between now and Sept. 1.

For more information about the Kids Campaign, visit

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