Potter Park Zoo

Mon, 3/10/2008 - 2:04 PM — facadmin

Potter Park Zoo

1301 SO. Pennsylvania
Lansing, MI 48912

400 animals 100 species park --80 acres zoo 20 acres

large hardwood forest red cedar river adjacent to zoo and park black rhinos , tigers ,lions , leopards , red pandas , penguins , camels , oryx , pony rides, camel rides , education programs , lots of primates 4 season zoo open everyday pavilions , picnics , handicap accessable

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Dr. Susan Mikota, Renown Elephant Vet Speaks at Potter Park Zoo Tue, 7/29/2008 - 11:03 AM — rudy

Potter Park Zoo will host guest speaker Dr. Susan Mikota, co-editor of Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants and co-founder and Director of Veterinary Programs and Research of Elephant Care International at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in the zoo’s Safari Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Elephant Care International is an organization dedicated exclusively to elephant healthcare. Mikota’s presentation, “The Asian Elephant -Care and Concern, Experiences from the Field,” will focus on her observations and images from years of living and working with the elephants of Asia. She will cover topics ranging from: why this cultural icon is revered as a God and feared as a killer of man and destroyer of crops, to the serious disease concerns for elephants in both the United States and Asia. Attendees will also be treated to a fascinating array of images from Cambodia, Sumatra, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

In addition to her work at Elephant Care International, Mikota is also a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group. She created and maintains the world's largest elephant bibliographic database on elephant healthcare and has published the first elephant formulary with Donald C. Plumb, Pharm D.  Dr. Mikota was also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work with Sumatran elephants.

Donations toward Elephant Care International or Potter Park Zoological Society will be accepted at the presentation. Those who would like to make an advance donation can contact Potter Park‘s Zoological Society at (517) 702-4730 for more information.

Potter Park Zoo's Michigan Rattlesnake Study Thu, 6/26/2008 - 7:22 PM — rudy

Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University are teaming up in a groundbreaking conservation study tracking the habits of two snake species native to Michigan.

Veterinary staff at Potter Park Zoo is participating in a collaborative effort to investigate the habitat requirements of Eastern Fox Snakes and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Currently Eastern Fox Snakes in Michigan are listed as threatened. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is a species of special concern but is under consideration to become a nationally threatened species.

Zoo Veterinarian and Animal Curator Dr. Tara Harrison said that information from this project will have widespread impact on future conservation efforts.

“The habitat for both of these species of snakes is diminishing, and the research we are doing helps to determine what we can do to better protect them for future generations to come,” said Dr. Tara Harrison, the zoo’s veterinarian and animal curator. “Conserving Massasaugas and Fox snakes also means conserving the habitat where they live and as a result conserving the many other wildlife and plants that are found there.”

The project includes researchers from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. The research is funded through grants from MSU and CMU. In addition to leading the study, the zoo is donating facilities for surgeries and housing for the animals.

The study entails capturing snakes and implanting them with tracking devices to monitor their movements in their natural habitat. By the end of this summer, 26 snakes will have been captured for the project including 12 Eastern Fox Snakes and 14 Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Student research assistants from MSU and CMU collect data sent back from the tracking devices and map out the movements of each animal. Snakes will be monitored regularly throughout the spring and summer, and periodically in the fall for the next two years.

Dr. Harrison expects the monitoring to provide many valuable insights. "Our research in the past with the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake revealed that these snakes are able to reproduce yearly, a previously unknown fact on the habits of this particular species,” she said.

Potter Park Zoo annually participates in studies involving the conservation of the Massasauga Rattlesnakes. 2008 marks the first year the zoo has participated in research involving the Eastern Fox Snake.

Both species are protected by state law. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is Michigan's only venomous snake and can be found in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The Eastern Fox is one of two species of Fox Snakes native to Michigan.

Visitors to the zoo can see the Massasauga Rattlesnake at the Bird and Reptile House, and can learn about snake conservation issues in conversations with staff and volunteer guides.

Black Rhino Ebony Died Wed, 4/9/2008 - 9:56 AM — rudy

It is with great sadness that Potter Park Zoo announces the death of the 14-year-old Eastern Black Rhino named Ebony.


The rhino died in her stall late Sunday evening after zookeepers and the veterinarian tried to save her. The exact cause of death is under investigation. Ebony had been ill over the past year with multiple problems and had undergone several surgeries as a result.


“She fought a strong and courageous battle but in the end it appears it was too much for her,” said Dr. Tara Harrison, the zoo’s veterinarian and animal curator.  “She will be sorely missed by all of the zoo staff, friends and family.”


Veterinary pathologists from the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University are performing the necropsy (autopsy) today. Definitive results should be provided by next week. 


Ebony was a part of the Black Rhino Species Survival Plan, a program in which zoos across the country that are accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association cooperate to share endangered animals for breeding purposes.


Potter Park Zoo's New Baby Camel Wed, 3/26/2008 - 8:44 PM — rudy

A Bactrian (two-humped) camel was born at the Potter Park Zoo on Feb. 16, 2008. The baby camel, which has yet to be named, made her debut appearance this past weekend and can now be seen by visitors during regular zoo hours.

"She is being hand-raised and will be on exhibit daily,” said zoo director Gerry Brady. "Hopefully with warmer weather approaching, people will come out to see our new addition and welcome her to Potter Park Zoo’s family of animals."     

“The baby camel is doing very well and we are monitoring her often,” said zoo veterinarian Dr. Tara Harrison. “She has a great appetite and is growing as expected.”        

Weighing in at roughly 110 lbs, this is the fourth Bactrian camel born at the zoo. The gestation period for Bactrian camels is 13 ½ months. Bactrian camels are rare, have two humps compared to the one-humped Dromedary camel and are native to Mongolia, China. The humps are very small for the first several months and grow larger as they fill with fat tissue.

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