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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“:

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

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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 21

 

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.

Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.

The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.

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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, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. 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 Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; 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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Wild Summer Nights in August

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

There is still time to catch a concert at the Detroit Zoo‘s Wild Summer Nights. Three dates remain throughout the month of August and include two children’s groups and a folk rock group. The Wednesday night line ups and days are:

August 13 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)

August 20 – Candy Band (children’s)

August 27 – Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners (children’s)

The summer concert series is presented by Genisys Credit Union and take place in the Main Picnic Grove. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 pm and are free with regular zoo admission. A reduced rate of $6 per guest is in effect on Wednesdays after 6 pm. The zoo closes following the end of the concert at 8 pm.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are allowed but the zoo will also offer the sale of food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks at the various concession stands.

For more information on the Detroit Zoo or Wild Summer Nights click here.

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Shorpy Saturday – Play Ball: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

Not unlike today, an open field was a good spot for a pick-up baseball game even back in 1902. Sports clothing has come a long way but so has clothing in general. What’s your favorite sport’s memory as a child? Leave it in the comment’s section below.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Play Ball: 1902“:

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Detroit circa 1902. “Photochrom Company building, side view.” In the early 20th century, the Photochrom chromolithography process was licensed by William Henry Jackson and his partners to make millions of color postcards from the black-and-white Detroit Publishing glass negatives (like this one) seen here on Shorpy. The lot next door was a good spot for pickup ballgames.

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Detroit Zoo Swine are Simply Divine Warts and All

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo today introduced three of five warthog piglets born April 14, 2014. Female Lucy and males Carter and Sam can be seen with mother Lilith, 9, in their habitat near the Africa Train Station. Females Diane and Vera – the smallest of the quintuplets – are being cared for by staff behind the scenes until they gain enough weight to join the rest of the family, which also includes 4-year-old father Linus, 1-year-old sister Violet and Lilith’s sister, 9-year-old Rebecca.

“We’re excited to introduce these adorable warthog piglets to Zoo visitors,” said Elizabeth Arbaugh, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals. “The two smaller piglets are receiving additional care from Zoo staff to ensure their well-being. They are gaining weight rapidly and thriving, and will join the rest of the group in the near future.”

The quintuplets represent the second warthog birth at the Detroit Zoo in two years and are a welcome addition to the North American zoo population of warthogs, which numbers just under a hundred. The birth is the result of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. This is a cooperative management program to ensure genetically healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of threatened and endangered species.

The warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) has a large head with a flat face, high-set eyes and elongated snout. A mature warthog stands about 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 125 and 300 pounds. Its stocky, muscular, almost-hairless body features wrinkly, gray skin; a long, coarse mane along its neck and back; and a long, tasseled tail.

Among the warthog’s most noticeable characteristics are the four large tusks protruding from the sides of its snout. The two upper canine teeth curve up and over the snout while the sharp lower canines are short and straight. The warthog also sports protruding facial warts which give the species its name.

Found primarily in the savannah woodland and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the warthog is threatened by drought and hunting, which could result in localized extinctions in the future.

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Detroit Zoo Hosts Black-Crow​ned Night Herons

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Wild black-crowned night herons have been perched in the treetops at the Detroit Zoo for about a dozen years, but have recently become a popular “unofficial” Zoo attraction as local bird watchers flock to take a gander.

Over the past 12 summers, the night herons’ original settlement has grown into a full-fledged rookery, hosting about 50 wild breeding pairs. With an abundance of food and safe nesting areas, the Detroit Zoo is a perfect breeding ground for the birds, according to Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Birds Tom Schneider.

“The herons just showed up here one year, were successful breeding, and have been coming back ever since,” said Schneider. “Local birders are delighted to be able to see this elusive species at the Zoo.”

The rookery is located behind the Sweet Treats concession across from the bear dens. Visitors know they are in the right place when they hear the distinct clicking calls the birds use to communicate with each other from the treetops.

The black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is normally nocturnal, making it difficult to spot outside of the breeding season. During active nesting, which spans from May through July, daytime foraging is common and the birds can be observed flying to and from their rookery at the Detroit Zoo.

The night heron’s head is crowned with black feathers that extend down its back and contrast against the light-grey feathers that cover the rest of its body. Its beak is black and eyes are crimson. During breeding season, the bird’s legs change in color from yellow to pink, and two to three long white plumes extend down its neck.

The black-crowned night heron is classified as “special concern” by the Michigan Natural Features Inventory due to declining populations. The species is sensitive to wetland destruction and environmental contaminants.

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MSU Community Music School-Detroit offers two music camps

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By Jeffrey Buck

Do you have a child interested in making music? Are you looking for a summer camp to help them do just that?

Look no further than the MSU Community Music School-Detroit. The school is offering two options this year, Rock Camp (June 16-20) and Aspiring Musicians Camp (June 23-27).

According to the school, “This year’s camps will excite young minds with sessions such as songwriting, jazz improvisation, sight-singing/ear training, musical entrepreneurship and more!”

Here are the details for each of the camps:

Aspiring Musicians Program
– June 23-27 (9 AM – 3 PM)
– Ages 9 to 17
– Cost: $200
– Students should have at least one year’s experience on winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano or guitar.
– Campers will get to tour the famous United Sound Systems Recording Studios and also record the camp song.

Rock Camp
– June 16-20 (1 PM – 5 PM)
– Ages 12 to 18
– Cost $200
– Students should have some experience on guitar, bass, drum set, piano, brass or vocals.
– Campers will have the opportunity to perform at The Magic Stick, one of Detroit’s top live music venues on June 20 at 7 PM.

Registration for classes/camps can be found by clicking here. For those students who qualify, tuition assistance is available.

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