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SSA and Wild Republic Announce First-of-its-Kind Line of Eco-Friendly Plush Animals

SSA takes partnership with Wild Republic a step further offering environmentally sustainable product in over 30 cultural attractions nationwide.

Denver, CO – July 9, 2019. SSA, the nation’s largest zoo, aquarium and cultural attractions retailer and culinary services operator, in partnership with Wild Republic, known for its nature-inspired toys and plush animals, announced a new line of sustainable plush animals. SSA will exclusively introduce the line in over 30 locations inclusive of the Denver Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cincinnati Zoo ...

Service Systems Associates (SSA) To Begin Using Sustainable Plush Fill

SSA has partnered with Wild Republic to create a conservation-focused plush fill made from recycled water bottles.

SSA, the nation’s largest operator of zoo and aquarium gift shops, is proud to announce that starting in January of 2019, their core plush animal line will transition to a sustainable fill. This fill, made from 100% recycled water bottles, will be used in more than 400,000 pieces of plush going forward.

“As we continued to look for more ways to improve the ...

The NC Zoo Features Upgraded Eating Experience

POSTED 10:13 AM, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017, BY 

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Gourmet espresso and blueberry buckwheat pancakes for breakfast or a custom craft burger with wild fries for lunch — the menu is all new at the North Carolina Zoo.

Executive Chef Mark Hensley works for Service System Associates. The company took over all of the food services at the zoo at the beginning of the year.

Now, Chef Hensley says they ...

Colorado Springs welcomes back award-winning chef to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

By: Teresa FarneySeptember 14, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Beau Green, executive chef at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, is back and prepared an amazing dinner for the Tails, Tunes & Tastes event. Photo by Teresa Farney

He’s back.

Beau Green, executive chef, has returned to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

He’s on the culinary team of Service Systems Associates, which provides food service to entertainment businesses. He started at the zoo in 2008 and promptly entered the former Colorado Springs Chorale Chefs’ Gala under the zoo’s ...

The Zoo’s Restaurant, Bean Sprouts, Caters to Families with Fun, Healthy, Kid-Focused Food

(Photo: Submitted Photo)

You know how your kids are about 7,000 times more likely to eat a sandwich when you cut it into a dinosaur shape? Or broccoli when you arrange it on the plate to look like a forest? Or a pancake when you give it a face?

Well, Shannon Seip and Kelly Parthen, two Madison-area mompreneurs, took that piece of kid-feeding wisdom and ran with it.

A new kind of restaurant

Ten years ago, when ...