Memphis Zoo’s newest addition to the holiday season is lighting up the Christmas tree and the holiday festivities in celebration of the city’s new mascot.
Memphis Zoo announced Thursday that the Memphis Zoo Foundation is donating $50,000 to the city of Memphis for a Christmas light show.
It’s part of a partnership with the city that includes a parade, carnival and entertainment.
The Memphis Zoo is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and will celebrate its 75th birthday next year.
The new mascot will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 2, the Memphis Star-Banner reported.
The new mascot is a red-faced red fox.
The zoo’s mascot was named for its mascot’s signature look of the face and tail.
“I’m excited about being a part of the Memphis Cityscape and this is a big step for us as a zoo to have a mascot of this stature,” Memphis Zoo Founder and CEO Kevin Davis said in a statement.
“This is a huge step for the zoo and for the community as a whole.”
The zoo’s new animal will be announced at a later date.