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New Year Ushers in New “Era” at Detroit Zoo

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Shortly after the ball dropped at midnight on January 1, 2015, the Detroit Zoo had something special to celebrate ¬– an endangered male Grevy’s zebra born at 2:45 a.m. at the zebra habitat.

The foal – named Enzi, a Swahili word meaning “era” or “reign” – has been kept indoors during the frigid months since his birth, but will be seen outdoors on days when the thermometer reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

This is the second foal for 23-year-old mom Elvira and 14-year-old father Z.Z. The new arrival brings the Detroit Zoo’s zebra herd to five, including the pair’s 3-year-old male offspring Jimmy and 12-year-old female Zoe.

“Enzi is doing very well and is full of energy,” said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer. “Typical of zebra foals his age, he’s never far from his mom. Elvira is an experienced mother and is doing a great job raising her little one.” Continue reading

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Leap into Conservation by Joining FrogWatch

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society is encouraging Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The citizen science program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and to gather and record data that supports a national network.

“We already know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but we don’t know what’s happening in our own backyards. FrogWatch allows us to monitor our native amphibians and make sure their populations are healthy,” said Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

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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. Continue reading

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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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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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Constructi​on Begins on Wolf Sanctuary at Detroit Zoo

 

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Construction has begun on the new Cotton Family wolf habitat at the Detroit Zoo. Located at the southwest corner of the park, the 2-acre sanctuary will feature grassy meadows, trees, a flowing stream and pond, dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and Zoo visitors.

“Like many others in Michigan, our family is so excited to help save wolves – cousins of man’s best friend – in a protected sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo,” said David Cotton, whose family donated $500,000 toward the development of the wolf habitat. Continue reading

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Two Big Music Festivals This Weekend And More!

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By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.

  1. Detroit Jazz Festival – Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 50+ acts will perform on several stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults.
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. 7-10 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m.Admission: FREE
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  2. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes over. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 150+ artists perform on several stages and many local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stroll around and taken in all of the art!
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after
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  3. Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full-contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
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    Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 26 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $21.95 | Child: $12.95
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  4. Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair – The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
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    Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission:Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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