To help celebrate the appearance of GEICOâ€™s traveling Gecko Exhibit now
at the Philadelphia Zoo, Americaâ€™s first zoo, GEICO will provide free
passes to the first 100 children who arrive at the zoo on Saturday, June
20, when the zoo opens at 9:30 a.m.
The tour stop at the Philadelphia Zoo marks the GEICO Gecko exhibitâ€™s
one-year anniversary, after visits to AZA (Association of Zoos and
Aquariums) zoos in Miami and Atlanta.
The GEICO tour features giant day geckos, one of the largest of all
geckos, which are native to Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands. The GEICO
Gecko costume character will also appear at the zoo on select
weekends through the end of August.
Philadelphia Zoo President and CEO Vikram H. Dewan joined GEICO Vice
President Rynthia Rost in welcoming the exhibit to the zoo with a
presentation of the Mayorâ€™s official Proclamation during a ceremony held
The three-year partnership between GEICO
and AZA will continue to take the traveling GEICO Gecko exhibit to
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums nationwide throughout 2009. Through
GEICOâ€™s AZA advertisements, which have helped boost zoo and aquarium
attendance, GEICO has provided a commitment to the AZA and wildlife
â€œWith more than 1,300 animals -- many of which are rare and endangered
-- and its historical background, the Philadelphia Zoo is rich in both
education and history,â€ said Rost. â€œIt is a great place for families to
learn about how zoos have grown over the years and the role they have
played in the conservation of wildlife. GEICO is extremely proud to
bring our traveling Gecko exhibit to this legendary zoo and partner with
them to provide Philadelphia residents with ongoing conservation
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is the third-largest
private passenger auto
insurer in the United States based on 2008 market share data as
reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, March
2009. GEICO provides auto
insurance coverage for 9 million policyholders and insures more than
15 million vehicles.