Wildlife Photographer of the Year Makes U.S. Debut at Detroit Zoo

DetroitZooROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – a collection of images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition – made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center on November 22, 2014. The show runs through March 23, 2015, and is free with Zoo admission.

The exhibition of winners from the 2013 competition features 100 images dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies. The images were chosen from more than 42,000 entries by photographers from 96 countries.

“This spectacular exhibition outdoes itself year after year, showcasing the most incredible images of wildlife from around the globe. It is not to be missed,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society.

Now in its 50th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

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Detroit Zoo Decks the Halls with Green this Holiday Season

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is dreaming of a green Christmas – and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – by incorporating elements of its Greenprint sustainability plan into Detroit Zoo events and operations this holiday season.

The Zoo’s Wild Lights holiday light display, held on select evenings through December 31, features more than five million energy-efficient LED lights illuminating buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. A 100-bulb string of LED lights uses the same electricity as 42 100-bulb strings of traditional lights.

“We’re very excited to present an even bigger and brighter Wild Lights display this year and even more so to do it in a green way,” said Ron Kagan, DZS Executive Director and CEO.

The DZS Green Team is on hand at Wild Lights to share green holiday tips, including demonstrations on how to upcycle common household trash and recycling items into bird feeders, tree ornaments and tabletop centerpieces. Guests can bring in broken holiday lights for recycling in exchange for a coupon toward a new strand of LED holiday lights.

The DZS animal care staff will utilize recycled materials such as boxes, bags, wrapping paper rolls and other items for holiday enrichment for the animals. Unused, untreated Christmas trees will be provided for the bears and great apes, who enjoy eating, tossing, carrying and rolling the trees.

The DZS offers these tips for keeping the holidays green at home:
• Use LED lights instead of traditional lights.
• In lieu of buying decorations, deck the halls with natural materials such as gourds, branches and berries.
• Purchase locally sourced food and produce for holiday meals, and compost scraps such as vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds and eggshells.
• Take reusable bags for holiday shopping.
• Combine errands into one trip to reduce emissions.
• Send holiday greetings electronically.
• Reuse ribbons, bows and wrapping paper, or make wrappings with magazines, newspapers or cloth.
• Give something green that will last the whole year, such as a plant or seeds.

The Greenprint is the DZS’s plan to refine and improve daily practices and facilities, develop new policies and programs and improve green literacy in the community. To learn more, click here.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and 28-30 an d Dec. 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31, 2014. Cost is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and older (under 2 admitted free); parking is $6 per car. Tickets are available online and at main admissions. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

 

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Detroit Zoo Makes an Impact on Wyoming Toad Comeback

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society’s breeding program for the Wyoming toad has produced a record 3,945 tadpoles for release into the wild in its efforts to preserve the federally endangered amphibian.

“This is the largest number of tadpoles we have ever sent back to Wyoming,” said Marcy Sieggreen, Curator of Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo. The majority of the tadpoles were released into the Laramie Basin, a protected Wyoming wetland, while 16 were reserved for future breeding at other facilities.

“The tadpoles are returned to Wyoming before the middle of July so they have plenty of time to grow and metamorphose in the wetlands where they’ll live. It takes them approximately four to five weeks to change into toadlets,” said Sieggreen.

The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is a dark brown, gray or greenish amphibian with small, dark blotches. The average length is 2.2 inches, with the females slightly larger than the males.

Once abundant in the wetlands and irrigated meadows of Wyoming’s southeastern plains, the Wyoming toad was listed as extinct in the wild in 1994, meaning populations are no longer producing offspring that survive to adulthood in the wild.

The cause of the declines are not well understood, but it is likely that more than one factor contributed to the situation in the past, with habitat loss and infectious diseases suspected as major drivers.

In 2007, the Detroit Zoological Society’s collaborative breeding program for the Wyoming toad was No. 1 on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums list of the Top 10 wildlife conservation success stories. The breeding partnership has successfully released more than 6,000 tadpoles, toadlets and toads in Wyoming since the program’s inception in 1995.

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Shorpy Saturday – Stag Swim: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

The summer is drawing to a close. Enjoy a timeless photo of youth enjoying the waters at Belle Isle.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Stag Swim: 1903“:

Stag Swim - 1903

 

Detroit circa 1903. “Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently.” No girls allowed. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Tri-county Seniors Invited to Free Day at the Zoo September 3

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Senior citizens living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a day at the Detroit Zoo on Senior Day, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seniors 62 and older and a caregiver will receive free admission, parking and rides on the Tauber Family Railroad.

Senior Day will also feature live music, tram tours, bingo, a senior resource area and zookeeper talks highlighting some of the Zoo’s senior animal residents.

In addition, Blue Care Network of Michigan and the SilverSneakers Fitness program are pairing up to offer a free group exercise class, exercise demos and functional fitness assessments.

The fall Senior Day is one of two free days for tri-county seniors held annually at the Detroit Zoo in appreciation for voter approval in 2008 of a ballot proposal to fund the Zoo.

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Shorpy Saturday – Tailgate Gourmet: 1960

By Jeffrey Buck

Football is upon us; both college and NFL. Along with football comes the tradition of tailgating before games across the country. Nothing says football like an old station-wagon sitting in The Big House filled with all those tasty foods.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Tailgate Gourmet: 1960“:

Tailgate Gourmet - 1960

 

Fall 1960. A Kodachrome by our old friend Arthur Rothstein, taken for the Look magazine assignment “Tailgate Gourmets.” “Food for tailgate picnics displayed in the backs of station wagons, including a Ford Country Squire, a Dodge Lancer, and a Pontiac Bonneville Safari parked in a football stadium. Also images of a couple wearing raccoon coats standing next to their Dodge Lancer.”

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Things to do around town this weekend

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this Labor Day weekend and the Detroit Free Press has once again compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of the events on list include ones we shared earlier this week:

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