ClevelandSGS was feeling nostalgic and broke out the old Cleveland Zoo Key. This piece of CLE history always makes us reminisce about visits to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as children. This particular key is “Packey” the Elephant. If you grew up here you remember that you would insert good ole’ Packey’s trunk into the keyhole and wait for the talking storybook (narrated by Linn Sheldon). The key would give some interesting facts, and some not so interesting facts (elephants are large).
The fun thing about this advertising gimmick is that you were allowed to keep the key. This then made you pester your parents to take you back to the zoo to unlock additional storybooks located throughout the premises. The key above was sold by the Cleveland Zoological Society and produced by Claude’s Talking Storybook. The original zoo key program ended in 1980 and was resurrected in 1996. The new zoo keys have a koala (you’re no packey) on them. For more information on the zoo key program wait for the next six months of winter to pass and then go visit the zoo.