Sweet deal: Krispy Kreme unveils 'Lily' doughnut

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Sales from new confection will benefit Oregon Zoo's Elephant Lands habitat

Anyone planning to visit the Oregon Zoo this Friday will have a sweet incentive to show up early. On June 14, representatives from Krispy Kreme will be at the zoo handing out free original glazed doughnuts to the first 500 visitors.

Also that day, Krispy Kreme will unveil its newest menu item: the Lily doughnut, named in honor of the zoo's youngest pachyderm.

The Lily doughnut, a special crème-filled glaze with a pink-icing elephant face adorning the top, will be available in local Krispy Kreme stores through the end 0f July for $1.29. A portion of sales goes to the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Campaign for Elephants, funding education and conservation activities at the zoo's new Elephant Lands habitat.

Elephant Lands — the most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history — will usher in a new era of animal welfare for Portland's famous Asian elephant herd. Set to open in 2015, the habitat will cover 6.25 acres around the eastern edge of the zoo. Learn more about Elephant Lands and the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Campaign for Elephants.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org