Blank Park Zoo Races the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Blank Park Zoo Challenges the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to a Race

Oct 6, 2010

Des Moines & Dubuque, IA- Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium today announced a race. Not an athletic race but a social media race. The goal is which organization can attract more new ‘likes’ on their respective Facebook page by the end of October.

Is this a battle between fish versus mammal? No says officials at each organization.

“This is not a popularity contest, it’s a challenge on who can serve up more fans through social media and it will highlight all the great things each organization does,” said Ryan Bickel, zoo spokesperson.

“There are no rules, but each organization is discouraged from creating fake profiles,” said John Sutter, aquarium marketing director.

The losing organization’s social media person gets to ‘volunteer’ at the competitor’s organization where several ‘dirty jobs’ will be awaiting them.

Both the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Blank Park Zoo are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). They are currently Iowa’s only two organizations that have earned this distinction. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium.

A link to Blank Park Zoo’s Facebook page can be found at A link to the River Museum’s page can be found at Follow progress of the race on Twitter with hashtag #IZARACE.

The Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open every day in October, 10 am – 4pm. Admission is $10.95 for adults, $5.95 for children under 12, and $8.95 for seniors and active military. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is the lead interpretive center for America's rivers. The Museum & Aquarium interprets both the cultural and environmental history of Americas Rivers with a mission to preserve the history of rivers and the rivers themselves. The ten acre Museum & Aquarium campus is located on the banks of the Mississippi in Dubuque, Iowa. With over 250,000 visitors annually and a national membership of nearly 5000, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has received national recognition for its exhibits and programming.

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