Twenty stripes equals $2,000 for zebra at Pine Grove Zoo


Members of the “Sponsor a Stripe” committee were able to paint stripes on the zebra traveling to businesses in Little Falls. The white 3-foot by 4-foot wooden zebra, designed by Friends of the Zoo member Tom Chatfield, has stripes etched on its side. As a fundraiser to bring two zebras to the Pine Grove Zoo, the public was able to donate $100 to the cause and a stripe would be painted. Feb. 21, when the zebra was at Coborn’s Superstore in Little Falls, the Sponsor a Stripe committee got together to paint the 20 stripes, which represent $2,000. Zoo Director Marnita Van Hoecke said each zebra costs about $5,000 and that so far, the committee had raised $2,600. The wooden zebra will continue its trek around the city until March 22, when the Pine Grove Zoo “Gone Wild – Coming Out of Hibernation Party” will be held at the Falls Ballroom. For more information about donating for the zebra or the March 22 event, call (320) 616-5595. Pictured are front row (from left): Maryn and Ellis Meyer and Olivia and Madelyn VanRisseghem. Second row: Sydney, Claire and Eli VanRisseghem. Back row: Gage VanRisseghem, Friends of the Pine Grove Zoo President Vicki Villebro, Zoo Director Marnita Van Hoecke, committee member Brent VanRisseghem, Little Falls Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem and committee member George VanRisseghem.

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