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posted: 8/4/2014 2:46 PM

Aurora seeking Phillips Park Zoo memories

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By Clayton Muhammad
City of Aurora

Aurora's Phillips Park Zoo turns 100 next year, and the city is looking for help to prepare for the celebration.

Officials are seeking historical photos to help tell the story of the zoo's first 100 years in a photo memory book. Anyone with photos or memories is encouraged to contribute to the book, which will be on display at the zoo throughout 2015 and available for purchase.

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In particular, the zoo is in search of photos and memories from the first 60 years.

"Phillips Park Zoo has been home to hundreds of animals over the past century, from birds to bears to baboons, all of which we know have made a lasting impression in people's memories and in family photos albums," Zoo Manger Randy Johnson said. "We hope our longtime Aurora residents will share those family photos and school field trip pictures to help us tell the story of Phillips Park Zoo."

Photos can be submitted by email to MyAurora@aurora-il.org. Hard copies can be submitted at the Zoo Manager's Office in Phillips Park; at the city's Community Relations department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; or at the city's Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive.

Submissions should include the name, address and phone number of the person submitting the photo; the names of people in the photo; the date of the photo; and any other identifying information.

For details on the celebration, call Johnson at (630) 256-3861.

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