Krispy Kreme Launches a Zoo-Inspired Donut

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Krispy Kreme will release a new crème-filled glazed donut inspired by Oregon Zoo’s youngest Asian elephant, Lily

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

With all of the recent donut news, it’s hard to fathom how there could possibly be any new developments still happening. But Krispy Kreme proves us wrong, creating a donut inspired by Oregon Zoo’s 6 ½ month old elephant, Lily.

The zoo started its Campaign for Elephants Monday as a fundraiser and will get a cut of the donuts’ sales. The first 500 people in the zoo Friday will receive a free original glazed. The donut is appropriately named the “Lily,” round and glazed, filled with cream and sporting an elephant drawn on top.

All of the funds will be going to production and development of the zoo’s Elephant Lands Exhibit that is set to open in 2015. The exhibit is the zoo’s largest undertaking thus far and will provide a 6.25-acre home for the herd of Asian elephants.

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The tasty special treat will be sold for $1.25 starting on Friday, June 14, and continue until the end of July in the Portland Krispy Kreme stores. Boy Lee, elephant curator at the Oregon Zoo, told Oregon Live that Lily loves sweets like bananas and sugar cubes. “She would love a donut, I’m sure. But who doesn’t love a Krispy Kreme?”