Please don't feed the humans - Baltimore Zoo

Elephant reverses role by becoming first to serve up new peanut butter treats to kids and support World Wildlife Fund.

Visitors to the zoo have long enjoyed feeding peanuts to the elephants. But today at the Baltimore Zoo, to celebrate the launch of new Skippy Snack Bars, an African elephant named Dolly turned the tables by "handing out" the peanut butter snacks to delighted parents and kids.

With a bucket of snack bars hanging from her quite formidable trunk, Dolly served up the treats like a pro, astonishing zoo visitors who herded together to witness what had to be a first in the history of zoo feeding: An elephant feeding people.

"As Skippy is all about spreading the fun, we wanted to come up with a highly entertaining and original way to launch these new snack bars," said Trish Zenobi, Senior Brand Manager, Skippy Peanut Butter. "Those who have a passion for peanut butter now have a new way to enjoy it as a lunchbox treat, on-the-go, or even at the zoo."

Snacking for a good cause

Dolly’s nutty delivery was part of a larger nationwide sampling effort in support of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Human samplers fanned out at the Los Angeles Zoo, the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, the Atlanta Zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and the Baltimore Zoo to give visitors the first bites of the new Skippy Snack Bars. Every Skippy Snack Bar sampled today will help Skippy support the efforts of World Wildlife Fund to aid endangered elephants.

"We’re thrilled to team up with Skippy and the Baltimore Zoo to help bring awareness and support to World Wildlife Fund," said Lee Poston, Senior Communications Officer for Asia and Africa Conservation Programs, World Wildlife Fund. "Dolly is a living example of the work we do to help endangered animals across the globe, and the efforts of brands like Skippy are crucial toward achieving our goals."

Elephants aren’t the only peanut lovers…

While thousands of zoo-goers from coast to coast were enjoying the new Skippy Snack Bars, a survey conducted by Skippy shows just how passionate kids are about peanut butter. Seven in 10 (70 percent) place peanut butter at the top of the taste list compared with other snacking choices, while the peanut butter and jelly sandwich outranked other sandwiches — including turkey, bologna, and tuna — as the most welcome surprise mom could pack for lunch.

Thanks to Skippy kids, adults, and even elephants can now enjoy the great taste of real peanut butter anytime, anywhere! Available in four delicious flavors, Skippy Snack Bars feature the triple-decker taste sensation of granola paired with peanut butter, peanut butter and fudge, peanut butter and strawberry or peanut butter and marshmallow flavors. And, since these easy-to-eat snack bars feature the wholesome goodness of real, creamy peanut butter and provide a good source of Vitamin E, moms can feel good about offering them as snacks or lunchtime treats.

Skippy Snack Bars are sold six per box at grocery stores, mass merchandisers and club stores for the suggested retail price of $2.89. For more information on Skippy Snack Bars as well as great-tasting peanut butter recipes, visit

*A local member of the American Humane Association was on hand at today's sampling effort at the Baltimore Zoo.

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