Saturday, May 18, 2013
The piglets are "very cute," according to the curator of mammals.
Flowers aren’t the only things blooming at the Detroit Zoo. Daphne and Violet – female warthogs born April 7, 2013 – are now firmly planted in their African Grasslands habitat near the Africa Train Station. The birth is the result of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, a cooperative management program to ensure genetically healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of threatened and endangered species. There are currently just over a hundred warthogs in North American zoos. “We’re excited to have these baby warthogs and to help this small population in zoos grow,” said Robert Lessnau, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals. “The piglets are very cute and we’re happy to …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Diane Y. Miller joins the DZS.
The architect of an educational science program for youth known as YES (Youth Exploring Science) has said “yes” to leading the Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) education department as Chief Program Officer. Diane Y. Miller joins the DZS from the Saint Louis Science Center where she worked for 17 years, most recently as Chief Educational Outreach Officer. She started her career at the California Museum of Science and Industry where she was Director of Community Outreach. “Part of our mission is to develop outstanding and unique educational opportunities for the community, and we are excited to put Diane’s unique experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities to work to further that objective,” said CEO and Executive Director Ron Kagan. …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Activities are planned throughout the region to celebrate Earth Day.
Although Earth Day is observed April 22, there are activities before and after the date to commemorate the occasion. In Metro Detroit, here's some events aimed at environmental protection: Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality For more Earth Day events in the region, visit the DEQ's website. Tell us what you're doing in your community to protect the planet in the comment section below.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Detroit Popcorn to offer gourmet popcorn at the zoo.
The Detroit Zoo’s “pop” culture now includes Detroit Popcorn. The new concession offers an assortment of gourmet popcorn, including the company’s signature caramel corn, a recipe that has been used since its founding in 1923. Additional menu items include cotton candy, fried fruit pies, funnel-cake bites, beverages and other treats. Detroit Popcorn, which opened March 30, is located across from Rackham Fountain in the space formerly occupied by Kijiji Café. The concession is managed by Service Systems Associates (SSA), operator of concessions, retail and grounds services for the Detroit Zoological Society. “The Detroit Zoo and Detroit Popcorn are the perfect combination, two Detroit traditions that have been popular with the community …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Detroit Zoo app is available for download at the iTunes App Store and Android Market (search for “Detroit Zoo”) for $1.99.
A new Detroit Zoo mobile application makes getting a daily dose of Vitamin Z easier than ever. The Zoo’s new and improved smartphone app helps guests plan their visit, find their way, learn more about their favorite animals and even go on a wildlife scavenger hunt. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android. “The new app allows users to plan their visit as well as enrich their experience once they arrive,” said Detroit Zoological Society CEO and Executive Director Ron Kagan. “One exciting feature allows kids to become ‘secret agents’, using their imagination and special clues to discover the Detroit Zoo in a whole new way.” Kids can explore the Zoo via an interactive scavenger hunt with the Detroit Zoo’s mascots, Junior Z and …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Senior Day will feature live music, tractor train tours, bingo and more.
Senior citizens living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a free day at the Detroit Zoo on Senior Day, Wednesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seniors 62 and older and a caregiver will receive complimentary admission and parking. Senior Day will feature live music, tractor train tours, bingo and a senior resource area. The day’s activities will also include animal enrichment and zookeeper talks highlighting some of the Zoo’s senior animal residents. The spring Senior Day is one of two free days for tri-county seniors held annually at the Detroit Zoo in appreciation for voter approval in August 2008 of the ballot proposal to keep the Zoo. A fall Senior Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.
Monday, April 1, 2013
“Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” now showing in the Wild Adventure Zone.
Detroit Zoo visitors can experience an adventure of mammoth proportions with “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”, now showing at the 4-D Theater in the Wild Adventure Zone. The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to raise them as his own. Once the eggs hatch, the adventure begins in the lost world of the dinosaurs. The 14-minute film is voiced by an all-star cast, including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah. Back for a return engagement and alternating with “Ice Age 3” at the 4-D Theater is “Great Escapes: Life in 4-D”, which takes a look at the ingenious tactics animals have developed to …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Inaugural weekend event April 20-21 celebrates Earth Day.
The Detroit Zoo will host its inaugural GreenFest on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Zoo-wide event is dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and educating Zoo visitors about environmental conservation. Each GreenFest guest who turns in a Green Zoo survey – which can be downloaded at www.detroitzoo.orgbeginning April1 – will receive a reduced admission price of $8, parking not included. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society members is free, but members are encouraged to participate in the survey. Green Zoo surveys will also be available at the admission gates during GreenFest. GreenFest will feature earth-friendly craft projects, an endangered species and green scavenger hunt, a 30-foot rock climbing …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Volunteers will work with zoo staff delivering school supplies.
For the fifteenth year, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is leading an expedition to the heart of the Peruvian rainforest to deliver school supplies to rural communities along the Amazon River. From April 6 to 15, 2013, DZS staff members and volunteers from Michigan and around the country will deliver school supplies purchased with donations to the Peru Adopt-A-School program. The volunteers – who travel to Peru at their own expense – will work with DZS staff passing out books, paper and supplies to hundreds of students in remote villages, enabling them to attend school and achieve a basic education with a focus on conservation. “It is part of our mission to provide outstanding and unique educational opportunities to thousands of …
Monday, March 11, 2013
No experience is necessary to become a Detroit Zoological Society volunteer.
The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is asking people to “Ask Yourself” in a new volunteer recruitment video. The question: Do you want to be a Detroit Zoo volunteer? The answer may be just a click away for those who are considering a volunteer position at the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The short film, produced by DZS volunteer Giff Rogers, highlights the various volunteer opportunities at the Detroit Zoo. Positions include Zoo Ambassador, Gallery Guide at the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Guest Assistant at the Arctic Ring of Life, and member of the “Mob Squad” at the Australian Outback Adventure, among others. “Fast Facts” for each position help lead viewers to the position that may be the right fit for them. “Volunteering …