KRAFFT CLEANING SERVICE, INC. PLEDGES $15,000 TO NEW YORK STATE ZOO AT THOMPSON PARK’S ELK EXHIBIT OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

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KRAFFT CLEANING SERVICE, INC. PLEDGES $15,000 TO NEW YORK STATE ZOO AT THOMPSON PARK’S ELK EXHIBIT OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

WATERTOWN – April 3, 2015 – The largest species at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park just received a financial contribution of equally impressive size: Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc., has pledged $5,000 per year for the next three years to sponsor the elk exhibit.

“Elk are so emblematic of the beauty and hardiness of North Country residents, both human and otherwise. I was thrilled and honored when Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc. chose to sponsor our two elk, Aspen and Rosie,” said Matthew Holdgate, executive director. “These types of sponsorships are crucial to the zoo – our elk will eat more than 2,000 pounds of apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other produce over the next three years, as well as 500 bales of hay.”
Exhibit sponsorships also help to fund veterinary visits, exhibit maintenance, and educational initiatives. The zoo is currently making plans for a new feature at the elk exhibit that will allow visitors to lift weights that match that of the huge antlers carried by bull elk throughout the winter.

Krafft Cleaning Service, Inc., which has served Watertown, NY and Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties for over 40 years, specializes in commercial cleaning services ranging from regularly scheduled custodial work to occasional project work, such as carpet cleaning, tile floor refinishing, and window washing in office buildings and medical facilities. “The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is an important asset to our community,” said Justin Krafft, General Manager. “Their focus on development and education continues to improve the overall experience for visitors. We are proud and excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this valuable cause and its success for years to come.”

The zoo is now open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. Upcoming events include Earth Day with $1 admission on April 18th, and Native American Literature Day on April 25th. The zoo’s next fundraiser is the Early Bird Golf Tournament, taking place on May 15th. For more information, please visit www.nyszoo.org.
Thompson Park Conservancy

About the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park: The zoo exhibits species that are, or at one time were, native to New York State. Animals of all shapes and sizes make their home at our 32-acre zoo, including wolverines, bears, eagles, mountain lions and more. The zoo is dedicated to providing natural world experiences that foster an appreciation of the Empire State’s ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study and responsible recreation. For more information, please visit www.nyszoo.org.

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