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Detroit Zoo Attendance Tops 1.3 Million in 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo’s annual attendance has exceeded one million for the eighth consecutive year and 1.3 million for the first time since 1997. The Zoo attracted 1,304,114 guests in 2013, up from 1,272,574 in 2012.

“We’re grateful to our community for another great year and look forward to providing more outstanding guest experiences in 2014,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director/CEO.

Wild Lights – the Detroit Zoo’s holiday light display presented by Bank of America – has drawn more than 30,000 guests thus far, contributing to the year’s numbers. Wild Lights continues through Sunday, Jan. 5. For more information on Wild Lights 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, 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 free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit http://www.detroitzoo.org.

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Tri-county Seniors Invited to Free Day at Detroit Zoo April 24

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Senior citizens living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a free day at the Detroit Zoo on Senior Day, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seniors 62 and older and a caregiver will receive complimentary admission and parking.

Senior Day will feature live music, tractor train tours, bingo and a senior resource area. The day’s activities will also include animal enrichment and zookeeper talks highlighting some of the Zoo’s senior animal residents.

The spring Senior Day is one of two free days for tri-county seniors held annually at the Detroit Zoo in appreciation for voter approval in August 2008 of the ballot proposal to keep the Zoo. A fall Senior Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

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Visitors get their Vitamin Z with baby animals, new arrivals, Boardwalk

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoo attendance has exceeded one million for the seventh consecutive year with 1,272,574 visitors in 2012, up from 1,217,200 in 2011. Attendance for the Belle Isle Nature Zoo was 37,746.

“The strong attendance figures made a good year even better,” said Gerry VanAcker, Detroit Zoological Society Chief Operating Officer. “It’s great to see the community continue to support and enjoy their zoos.”

The mild spring weather and a spate of babies born in the spring and summer – including North American river otters, a Bactrian camel and red kangaroos – contributed to the Detroit Zoo’s robust numbers. In addition, orphaned grizzly bear cubs Mike, Thor and Boo – rescued in December 2011 from Alaska – made their debut in the spring, drawing significant crowds.

The Zoo’s newest crowd-pleaser is the Boardwalk at the Cotton Family Wetlands, a 2-acre Michigan ecosystem teeming with native fish, frogs, turtles and birds. The popular immersive experience opened in July.

In late spring of 2013, a new animal habitat will give Detroit Zoo visitors up-close, underwater views of a pair of North American beavers. Named for the benefactors whose philanthropic support is making it possible, the Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat is under construction across from the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat on the northern edge of the Wetlands.

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 the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just 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, 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, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

By Mike Fossano

Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs and the Michigan State University Extension-Oakland County are teaming up to present the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program training this fall.

The program will be held September 8 to November 10 and consists of nine classes, eight of which will be held on Wednesday evenings except for one (Tuesday, October 30). All classes will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center.

Three all-day Saturday field sessions will be held from 9 – 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield Hills; Oct. 6 at Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston; and Nov. 10 at Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake.

This 10-week volunteer training and leadership program is designed for individuals who are interested in natural resource conservation and ecosystem management, natural history, outdoor recreation, natural areas, the region’s environmental issues and challenges, and strategies to help restore and conserve ecosystems in Oakland County.

Participants learn how to understand, promote, support, actively contribute and/or lead significant volunteer management activities on public/private lands.

The deadline to register is August 31. Click here for more information.

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Sunset at the Zoo

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By Jeffrey Buck

On the shore of Lake Michigan. From atop the Renaissance Center. On a sand dune in Traverse City. Michigan is home to many fantastic spots to witness a spectacular sunset but come Friday, June 22 the Detroit Zoo will be the only place you’ll want to watch the sun go down.

The 21-and-over gala, held rain or shine, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions known as Sunset at the Zoo will offer a strolling supper with tastes of signature dishes from over 30 of the area’s finest restaurants capped off with desserts and zoo-themed specialty drinks. While strolling through the zoo after hours the event will include live entertainment, dancing, live & silent auctions and access to the animal habitats. Attire for the evening is “summer chic”.

Details on tickets & times:

  • Tickets range from $150 to $600 per person
  • The event will take place on Friday, June 22 from 7 – 11:30 PM
  • Guests must be at least 21-years-old to attend
  • A VIP reception will be held for those purchasing $600 & $300 tickets.
  • A benefactor party will be held for those purchasing a $600 ticket

To purchase tickets by phone, call (248) 541 – 5717 and press 9; to order tickets online, visit www.detroitzoo.org/sunset

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Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo

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By Jeffrey Buck

Looking to adopt a new family pet? Then get over to the Detroit Zoo this weekend! Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption to loving homes at the nation’s largest off-site companion animal adoption event.

The event is free to attend (regular admission prices will still apply for those visiting the zoo) and will be held in the front parking lot under the iconic water tower. Special appearances by Detroit Zoo mascots Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes will be made between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The front parking lot of the Detroit Zoo (Under water tower)

Who: Over 20 local animal welfare organizations

Because puppies are often in high demand, “puppy passes” will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m., with the remainder of guests allowed to enter at 10 a.m.

Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card. All animals will have received a medical checkup and age-appropriate vaccinations. A “get-acquainted” area will be available to provide guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. For health and safety reasons, all current companion animals should be left at home.

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Oakland County offers May business workshops

By Mike Fossano

Local business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in May offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

All programs will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location details, visit online at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.

The Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion workshop provides participants with a rundown on how to research their business ideas prior to launching. Members of Oakland County’s Business Center Market Research Division and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian will conduct lessons on how to understand which research sources to use and show business owners where they can look to find the information they need. The workshop will take place on May 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

The CEED Microloan Orientation is geared toward small business owners who are having difficulty obtaining a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. Presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.), participants will be shown the ropes on the requirements and process necessary to apply and receive a microloan. The workshop will take place on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

The Women’s Business Certification Orientation enables entrepreneurs to learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise. Benefits include certification to private sector WBEs and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. Presented by the Michigan Women’s Business Council, this workshop takes place on May 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is a $25 fee for this workshop.

Entrepreneurs armed with good credit, a solid business idea and extra capital are encouraged to attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. The workshop will help to debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. Participants will learn how the lending process works, what is expected of them, and will leave with a better understanding of how the SBA can assist with an SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. Presented by Small Business Administration (SBA) Representative, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) Consultant, and Business Banker, this workshop takes place on May 31 from 9 a.m. to Noon. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

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