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Des Moines zoo ready for April Fools' pranks

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- If you get a message to call a "Mr. Don Key" on Wednesday, the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is one step ahead of you.

Zoos around the world are flooded with phone calls every year as the popular phone prank continues to gain popularity.

In an effort to stop the numerous prank calls it typically gets on April Fools' Day, Blank Park Zoo has set up four hotlines for pranksters looking to dupe others.

"Each number has a pre-recorded message that will let them know they have been fooled...but in a nice way," said Miranda Shields, the Zoo's Administrative Assistant.

Marketing director Ryan Bickel says the lines are a proactive attempt to stop the zoo's switchboard from getting flooded with prank calls without dampening the mood of the day.

  • Mr. Albert Ross, 515-974-2670
  • Mr. C. Lyon, 515-974-2671
  • Ms. Anna Conda, 515-974-2672
  • Mr. Don Key, 515-974-2673
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