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We may all scream for ice cream but don't scream too loud or you'll scare the animals.

The Chattanooga Zoo plans to host its inaugural ice cream safari event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m this Saturday, officials said in a news release.

The ice cream event was created to provide a family-friendly event that amplifies the zoo experience while also raising funds for the Chattanooga Zoo, officials say.

During the event, zoo guests will be able to purchase $5 wristbands that give them access to unlimited ice cream and other treats from vendors, as well as face painting, bouncy houses and animal encounters.

The wristbands do not include zoo admission, which is $9.95 for adults, $6.95 for children, and free for zoo members.

During the program, animals will get a chance to enjoy cool treats alongside their human visitors.

The two-toed sloth will be the first to receive treats starting at 3 p.m, followed by chimpanzees and other animals throughout the afternoon.

Guests will also have the opportunity to encounter a few of the zoo's ambassador animals, which are not on exhibit during normal zoo days.

Ice cream safari guests will be able to interact with the animals up close during the event, officials said.

The ice cream event was specifically chosen to help zoo guests "enjoy the zoo while beating the summer heat," said Hannah Harmon, director of marketing and communications for the Chattanooga Zoo.

Ice Cream Safari wristbands are still available for purchase online or in the zoo gift shop during operating hours.

The zoo is open during summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wristbands will be on sale the day of the event if they are not sold out.

The zoo expects about 2,000 guests for the event.

 

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