Who: Zoo Knoxville and Knoxville Opera

What: Upepo, (pronounced ew-PEP-oh), a five-year-old male African lion, will make his official public debut in the Valley of the Kings habitat.  The 400-pound lion, whose name means “wind” in Swahili, travelled to Knoxville from Wildlife Safari park in Winston, Oregon, in July. 

Knoxville Opera performers Aubrey and Wayd Odle, accompanied by artistic director Brian Salesky, will welcome Upepo by performing popular animal-themed songs from classic movies. 

When: Wednesday, Sept. 2 9:00 a.m.         

Where: Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Check in at Ranger Station at the front entrance.

Contact: Tina Rolen