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October 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Woodland Park Zoo joins iPhone App stampede

Well-to-do parents who get lost or bored taking their children to the zoo have a new lifesaver: The Woodland Park Zoo just released an iPhone App.

The 99 cent program uses the phones’ GPS system to pinpoint location and nearby exibits, play areas, restrooms and concession stands. It also provides a schedule of activities, animal fact sheets and a “friend finder” that locates other iPhone users at the zoo.

Additionally, the app ties into Facebook and Twitter, so users can keep their online pals updated while roaming the zoo.

The zoo contracted with Austin, Texas-based Avai Mobile Solutions to develop the software. Proceeds from its sale “go toward the zoo’s animal care, education, conservation and operations costs,” the release said.

A photo by the zoo’s Ryan Hawk:

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