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The Jackson Zoo and UnitedHealthcare Kick Off Spring Zoo Season with Zoo Day 2015

Families encouraged to attend event on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a day of fun, interactive activities; first 200 UnitedHealthcare members will receive free admission

JACKSON, Miss. (Feb. 17, 2015) – The Jackson Zoo and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi will kick off spring zoo season with Zoo Day 2015, which will be held March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 200 UnitedHealthcare members will receive free general admission to the zoo as well as access to all Zoo Day activities. Members must present a valid membership identification card at the zoo entrance.

Zoo Day is an annual event held at the Jackson Zoo to kick off the spring zoo season. This year’s event will feature guest characters Curious George, Junie B. Jones, Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Ladybug Girl. The guest characters will also be featured at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center for special story times. Local author Wendy Edlund will be onsite reading her book, Trip to the Zoo, for all children and families in attendance.

Other activities include: Spring Fling Dance Party, Jason Turner in concert, animal encounters, bounce houses, face painting, Robert Day the Magician, Jackson Showboats Basketball, games, crafts and more. UnitedHealthcare representatives will also be on hand to offer tips on healthy living, nutrition and exercise.

General admission to the zoo covers all activities: $9.25 for adults $6.75 for children (12 and under). The first 200 UnitedHealthcare members will receive free admission. The Jackson Zoo is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Zoo Day, which hosts so many fun and engaging activities for parents and children in our community,” said Jocelyn Chisholm Carter, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. “We look forward to sharing information that will encourage people to exercise, learn more about their health care and enhance their quality of life.”

“UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi is an important and trusted community partner in the state of Mississippi, and we are thrilled to have them involved for our amazing Zoo Day 2015,” said Josh Friedel, Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund.


About the Jackson Zoo

The Jackson Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The mission of the Jackson Zoo is to provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation. For more information, visit The Jackson Zoo at

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

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