Saturday, June 3, 2017

Latest Shirt That Gives Back.....THE BOSS

We are excited to announce that the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has a new addition.....We like to call him The Boss......


He is a 19 month old African male Lion who came to the Monroe zoo all the way from New Jersey. So what should you expect from a 19 month old lion??? Think of him like a 12-13 year old boy. He is not sexually mature yet and doesn't have his full mane yet either. This handsome "little" man weighs around 400 lbs and should develop his full mane around 2 years old.  He looks like he has a beard!

He has been slowly introduced to their existing female lion named Baja. She has lived alone for the past 6-7 years after her mate Zomba died of cancer. We hope she loves her new young companion!!! Rocko is a friendly personable lion and will on display starting with Zoobilation on Sat. June 10th, 2017 from 10am-5pm.
Come on out and meet him for the first time!!!!  Plus enjoy tons of fun stuff for the kids to do :)

  We designed a special "Shirt That Gives Back" depicting our interpretation of "The Boss". Here is the original pen and ink drawing and then Jeff Smith added all the color to it!! Great job as always Jeff!!

For all you youngsters out there who don't know who The Boss is....go google the name Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce is an all american singer song writer who is widely known for
  "his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performance-with concerts from the 1973 to the present decade..."  Source Wikipedia.

    He is basically one of the worlds best selling artists of all time and has sold more that 120 million records world wide. You would always see pics of Bruce in denim shirts and head bands with American flags.

 For a split second we thought about a Jersey Shore theme (hahah) for the shirt, but so glad we left "The Situation" out of this. LOLOLOL

 Since the Lion is the "King of the Jungle" only makes sense that this young fella will be The Boss of the zoo. Well, honestly, Baja will probably be the Boss of him for now. :) Older women ROCK!!!

  So what will this shirt help with??

General Curator of the Zoo, Lisa Taylor,  shared with us that they really wanted to refurbish the inside of the lions exhibit with new furniture!! This means, new landscaping inside of it like big boulders for the cats to lay on, logs, animal safe plants and a sand pile. You guys know we love to help the zoo anyway we can. Our kiddos love it and so do we.
  20% of every "The Boss" tee sold will be donated to the Zoological Society to help fund this project. We will have the tees for sale in person at the Zoo during Zoobilation on June 10th and online after that at  We will have them in Youth and Adult Tees (crew and v-neck).

Thanks for reading

P. S. I don't know if people ever comment on social media what a good job all the animal care takers at the zoo are doing, but let me tell ya'll...these folks LOVE the animals and work so hard to keep them happy.  And, I know they are working with limited resources and funds. 
   Thank you to the few that I have met (know there are tons more!!)... Jayme and Danni and Curator Lisa~ You women make me proud!!!

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