NISSAN DONATES FIVE NEW VEHICLES TO NASHVILLE ZOO

Jun 27 2011 NASHVILLE, TENN.

Today, Nashville Zoo received the keys to four Nissan Titan trucks and one Armada generously donated by Nissan Americas. The vehicles will assist the zoo's ongoing operations and education programs.

"We rely heavily on trucks to move equipment, supplies and materials not only throughout our 188-acre property but also to and from destinations around Middle Tennessee," says zoo President Rick Schwartz. "These vehicles will significantly help to keep the zoo running smoothly, and all of us here are very appreciative of Nissan's support."

The donated Armada will be used for Nashville Zoo's "Wildlife on Wheels" program. Serving more than 18,000 students every year, this outreach program brings animals and educational programming to schools, day cares, hospitals and other organizations that may not have the ability to visit the zoo.

"The Nashville Zoo offers Middle Tennessee's children and families a place to have fun while learning about our environment and the creatures that live in it," said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. "Through the donation of the Titan trucks and Armada, we are pleased to help support the zoo in its valuable mission and make a positive contribution to the local community."

Since 2004, Nissan has donated a total of 10 vehicles to Nashville Zoo. In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at nissanusa.com.

Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry.  The zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.  The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation, and leadership.  For more information about Nashville Zoo, please call 615-833-1534 or visit our website at nashvillezoo.org.

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