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Houston Zoo Empowers Visitors with New FuelRod Mobile Charging Service


FuelRod Power-Ready-To-Go SwapBox™ Kiosks Allow Zoo Guests to
Recharge their Apple
® or Android™
Devices On the Go

Tricopian, Inc., a San Diego, California-based developer of the
innovative FuelRod mobile charging service for smartphones and tablets,
is pleased to announce that its innovative charge on-the-go service is
now available at convenient SwapBox kiosks at the Houston Zoo. To
celebrate this new location, users can enjoy 10% off the purchase of a
FuelRod kit at any U.S. kiosk using the code TEXAS through Sept. 3, 2018.

Every day, the Houston Zoo creates lasting memories that inspire people
to protect animals – both around the world and in their backyards. With
6,000 animals to meet, keeping smartphones and tablets ready for the
next great adventure is essential. Now, thanks to FuelRod, park visitors
can charge up their smartphones or tablets on the go and be ready for
photos, videos and connecting with family members.

At the SwapBox kiosks, customers simply purchase a FuelRod portable
charging kit complete with connection cables and charge-up. By swapping
a used FuelRod for a fully recharged one at any kiosk anywhere in the
network, users have the convenience of keeping their devices powered on
the go.

The compact rechargeable FuelRod chargers will substantially charge a
standard iPhone or Android phone or provide a useful boost for the
average iPad or tablet. Each FuelRod kit is priced at just $30 and can
be exchanged at any FuelRod kiosk throughout the Houston Zoo, Houston
airports and popular locations around the world. Once the battery is
depleted, the FuelRod can be recharged using a USB connection or may be
exchanged or "Swapped" at any FuelRod kiosk for a fresh – fully charged

"The FuelRod kiosks are a wonderful addition to our zoo and provide a
helpful service for our visitors," said Hunter Halbert, Director of
Corporate Partnerships. "As the second most-attended zoo in the country
with 55 acres and more than two million visitors annually, we are
pleased to offer the convenience of mobile charging to help our visitors
capture all of the special moments of our zoo without missing a beat."

At the Houston Zoo, the colorful self-serve FuelRod kiosks can be found
at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Trading Post, Gift Shop and Swap Shop.

"We're very excited to add the Houston Zoo to our growing portfolio of
park locations, including the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari
Park," said FuelRod co-founder Joe Yeagley.

"Allowing zoo goers to unplug from a wall or charging station gives them
more freedom to take advantage of all the fun and unique experiences
zoos have to offer. Also, our Power Ready-to-Go mobile charging service
is available at both William P. Hobby and George Bush airports in

The FuelRod service is an easier way to charge up and stay connected
without the need to be tethered to an electrical outlet or crowded
charging station. Power-Ready-to-Go charging from FuelRod provides for a
freer and more relaxed experience that better enables people to stay
connected and shop, dine and relax as they move through animal theme
parks, amusement parks, airports, convention centers, sports arenas, and

FuelRod SwapBox kiosks are at a growing number of locations in the U.S.
and Europe. In addition, FuelRod chargers can be purchased online at
FuelRod can be found on Twitter @FuelRodPower
and on Facebook at FuelRodPower.

About Tricopian, Inc.

San Diego, California-based Tricopian, Inc. develops efficient and
environmentally conscious solutions that provide power for portable
battery-operated devices. Founded in 2011, the company offers battery
solutions servicing a wide range of product applications from cell
phones and tablets, to flashlights and remote-control toys. FuelRod™ is
designed and manufactured by Tricopian, Inc. providing an innovative
portable charging program that keeps batteries out of landfills to
support a cleaner, more productive planet. For more information visit:

About Houston Zoo.

Founded in 1922 and operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc.,
the Houston Zoo connects communities with animals inspiring action to
save wildlife. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the zoo is home
to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.
The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful
Hermann Park. The zoo is open daily at 9 a.m. and closed Thanksgiving
and Christmas Day.

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as
your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing
excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better
future for all living things. With 228 accredited members, AZA is a
leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats.

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