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Potter Park Zoo's Recent Birth Brings the Zoo's Mandrill Population to Four

The Baby Doesn’t Have a Name Yet, and Potter Park Zoo Would Like Your Help Naming Him

By Payal Ravani

Lansing, MI - Potter Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a mandrill, born on November 18, 2010.

“This mandrill birth was recommended in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) 2009 Master Plan, and is one of only a dozen births in the last five years,” said Rebecca Phillips, Vice Coordinator for the Mandrill SSP and a primate manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “Having a new mandrill baby born under the SSP recommendations is important for strengthening sustainable populations that allow visitors to appreciate animals.”


More Than One Million People Received Their Prescription of Vitamin Z at the Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo Attendance has Exceeded One Million Visitors for the Fifth Consecutive Year

By Patricia Janeway

Royal Oak, MI - Detroit Zoo attendance has exceeded one million for the fifth consecutive year with 1,146,241 visitors in 2010. The Zoo also broke its single-day attendance record last year, hosting 18,264 guests on Aug. 7.

“The Detroit Zoo continues to provide a unique and wonderful experience for our guests. We’re grateful to the community for its support as we look forward to another amazing year,” said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan.


Penguin Pricing at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Experience Cooler Prices and Even Cooler Animals During Penguin Days

By Tiffany Barnes

Cincinnati, OH - Bundle up and save a bundle at the Cincinnati Zoo! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days, with half-price Zoo admission every day and special animal encounters every Saturday & Sunday, January 3 through February 28.

Daily, guests can see the Zoo’s King Penguins parade through the park at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.! Plus, enjoy more than 12 heated indoor animal exhibits throughout the park.


San Diego Zoo's First Baby of the Year Turns Out to be the Devil Himself

With Horns Above its Eyes, This Reptile is Still Known as a Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko

By Dani Dodge

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Zoo’s first baby of the year looked quite angelic as it crawled on leaves and even one keeper’s finger Monday afternoon. But because of the horns above its eyes, the reptile is still known as a satanic leaf-tailed gecko. The San Diego Zoo is one of only seven zoos in the United States with this species in its collection and one of only two breeding them.

Reptile keepers were thrilled with the hatching of the gecko, which weighs less than a gram and is smaller than a dime. It has a number, 911001, but no name.


Zooperbowl Half-price Admission Day on February 6 at Nashville Zoo

Huddle Up With the Family On Super Bowl Sunday for Half Priced Admission to Nashville Zoo

By Jim Bartoo

Nashville, TN - Before sitting down to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, huddle up with the family for half priced admission to Nashville Zoo. The annual promotion, known as Zooperbowl, means guests will pay $7 for adults, $4.50 for children 2-12 and $6 for seniors 65 or older. As always, Zoo members and children under two will be admitted free.

Zooperbowl is a great way for guests to get outside and move around before the big game. Zoo animals normally displayed during this time of year will be on exhibit as well as animals in the indoor Unseen New World exhibit. Many of the Zoo’s animal collection is acclimated to Nashville’s climate except in extreme weather conditions, and some species (cougars, Bengal tigers, zebras, eland, red panda and Eurasian lynx) are often more active during cooler months. Weather permittin¬¬g, rides on the Zoo’s Wild Animal Carousel will be offered for $2 each. The Zoo’s gift shop, café and Jungle Gym playground will also be open during Zooperbowl.


Escape the Cold By Visiting a Warm and Friendly Akron Zoo

Akron Zoo Has a Free Craft Station for Kids and Free Hot Chocolate for All Visitors

By David Barnhardt

Akron, OH - The Akron Zoo has a cure for anyone suffering from the winter blues. The Akron Zoo will be hosting Cabin Fever Reliever every Saturday in January starting Saturday, January 8 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with fun, warm activities.

During the events the Zoo will have a free craft station for kids and free hot chocolate for all guests. The events will take place inside the zoo’s Education Center, Komodo Kingdom. Dates for the events are Saturday, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2011. 


Bring a Piece of Nature to N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher's Nature Swap

Nature Swap Showcases Natural Objects, Such as Shark Teeth, Skulls, and Shells

By Emily Jones

Kure Beach, NC- Need a reason to get outside? Participate in the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Nature Swap by first exploring together outside. Do you find objects in nature, such as interesting shells, bones, egg cases, rocks, pine cones and other treasures? If you enjoy exploring natural areas such as beaches and forests, and collecting found treasures, come to the Aquarium to share and swap.

Nature Swap showcases natural objects, such as shark teeth, skulls, and shells. You can learn more about natural objects from Aquarium staff by examining their collection, and by bringing in your own finds. And, you can acquire points for your treasures to use in trade for another item of equal or lesser value. If something rare catches your eye you can accumulate points by bringing different items until the value you cache equals the item of interest.


The Largest Alligator North of Florida Resides at Newport Aquarium

Might Mike and Winter Family Days Offer Great Reasons to Visit Newport Aquarium

By Rodger, Pile

Newport, KY - There’s something big awaiting your next visit to Newport Aquarium. Very big.

A 14-foot long, 800-pound American alligator, playfully named Mighty Mike, is now on display at Newport Aquarium. He is considered the largest alligator in the country on display outside of the state of Florida.


North Carolina Aquarium is a Great Wedding and Reception Venue

The NC Aquarium is the Perfect Place to Have Your Dream Wedding, Party, Prom, or Other Special Event

By Emily Jones

Kure Beach, NC - Looking for the perfect place to have your dream wedding, holiday party, prom, or other special event? Look no further, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is just the place for you! The Aquarium is available for rental during and after-hours. The spacious facility can accommodate up to 250 seated or up to 2,000 strolling guests and your event can be held indoors or outside on the nature inspired garden deck.

Finding the perfect location to hold a wedding or special event can be a time consuming project, which can hinder the planning process from progressing forward. Let the Aquarium’s special events department make it easy for you to host your special event.


Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is Offering a Conservation Expedition to Peru

To Win the Trip Submit an Essay of 500 Words or Less on How You Would Use the Experience

By Patricia Janeway

Royal Oak, MI - The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is offering the experience of a lifetime for one individual to participate in a conservation expedition to the heart of the Peruvian rainforest through the Adopt-A-School program.

The Bette and Roger Gay Scholarship is a $2,500 grant to join DZS staff members and volunteers for 10 days in April 2011 delivering school supplies to students in remote villages or participating in a conservation project benefiting the rural communities along the Amazon and Napo Rivers.


News and Events Europe

Dudley Zoo Owl's Diet Will Help You Stay Slim

An Owl Diet of Day-old Chicks and Mice Can Help Keep You Slim and Trim

By Jill Hitchman

West Midlands, UK - Dudley Zoo’s new barn owl, Echo, has been put on a strict New Year diet by keepers at the leading Midlands tourist attraction.

It is essential the 20-week-old bird maintains her ideal flying weight to take part in daily falconry displays in the courtyard of the site’s 11th century Dudley Castle.

Staff have been carefully monitoring Echo’s diet of day-old chicks and mice, during her training so she remains hungry enough to take her tasty rewards.


News and Events World

Watch a Marine Biologist Dissect a Seven Gill Shark at New Zealand's Westpac Aquarium

Learn About Dangerous Sea Creatures at New Zealand's Westpac Aquarium

By Tessa Mills

Portobello, New Zealand - Who would have thought that the delicate anemone was a dangerous killer? Or that the beautiful seahorse is a sneaky predator? In the sea realm we have stabbers, poisoners, invaders, infiltrators and stealth killers! The sea can be a scary place!

What are the most dangerous sea creatures in the world? - and what are the most dangerous creatures in the Aquarium? Come and meet them!


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Meet the Aquarium Director

Meet the Aquarium Director, December 2010, Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Name: Julie Packard

Actual title: Executive Director

Name of your aquarium: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Location: Monterey, California, USA

URL for your facility: www.montereybayaquarium.org

Number of species at your facility: 550

Your favorite critter at the facility: Ocean sunfish

Total number of animals or fish at your facility: 35,000

Number of visitors annually: 1.9 million

Number of employees: 404

Number of volunteers: 1,200

Annual budget: $58 million


Meet the Zoo Director

Meet the Zoo Director, December 2010, Patrick T. Mangus, Executive Director, National Aviary

Name: Patrick T. Mangus

Actual title: Executive Director

Name of your zoo: National Aviary

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

URL for your facility: www.aviary.org

Number of species at your facility: 200

Your favorite critter at the facility: African Penguins

Total number of animals or fish at your facility: 600

Number of visitors annually: 153,000

Number of employees: 45

Number of volunteers: 20

Annual budget: $4 million


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