A Penguin-Filled Father's Day on Sunday at Potter Park Zoo
By Billie Harris
Lansing, MI - Stop by Potter Park Zoo for a fun-filled Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In honor of the day, all dads residing in Ingham County will receive FREE admission to the Zoo.
The event is an opportunity for fathers and their families to enjoy the zoo and participate in a variety of fun activities, including the chance to win a penguin feeding! Beginning at 2 p.m., the Zoo will host a special Father’s Day themed Keeper Talk highlighting the role of dads in the wild and here at Potter Park Zoo.
Guests can also stop by the Magellanic penguin exhibit to greet the Zoo’s newest fathers.
“Male Magellanic penguins are great dads,” said Zoo Director Gerry Brady. “Their fatherhood duties begin early helping to incubate the eggs and after they hatch, the dads help feed the chicks. They are some of the most involved fathers in the animal kingdom.”
Three penguin chicks hatched in early May and became the latest members of the Potter Park Zoo family. The chicks will be off exhibit for the next few weeks while they receive physicals, and until Zoo staff determine that they can safely be by the water in the penguin exhibit.
Potter Park Zoo also has the perfect gift for dads with the opportunity to adopt an animal in honor of their special fathers. For more information on the Zoo’s adopt-an-animal program please visit www.potterparkzoo.org or call 517.342.2718.
Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org
To view Potter Park Zoo's web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to: http://www.zandavisitor.com/forumtopicdetail-588-Potter_Park_Zoo
I especially liked if you go to the zoo's homepage and click on the info about naming the baby, the winner says she'd like to be able to tell her dad that a penguin was named after him for his birthday. Adorable!
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I fully agree with you when it comes to the captivity of orcas. These animals live considerably shorter, unhealthier lives than they normally would have in the wild. I am disgusted by what I have seen at Sea World. They claim to be trying to educate people on the animals when really it is all nothing but a circus with the animals being made to perform to attract customers. I am a little more on the fence however when it comes to some other species of dolphins, such as the ones they keep at Vancouver Aquarium. While I do not support the capture of wild dolphins, I do recognize the fact that there are species that actually live longer and perhaps healthier lives in captivity than in the wild. One of the neat things at the Vancouver Aquarium is that none of the dolphins were captured for the purpose of entertainment: they were all animals that were rescued after getting caught and injured in fishing nets and are unable to return to the wild due to their injuries. I have seen the shows and the aquarium are truly focused more on educating visitors than trying to entertain them at the animals' expense.
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I think we should move on from having dolphins in captivity now - we all know this isn't good for them.
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