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Smithsonian Mobile Exhibit Explores the Human–Animal Bond

Animal Connections | 2014

Animal Connections | 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” is a traveling exhibit that introduces visitors of all ages to the complex bond between humans and animals. Presented by the Smithsonian Institution to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2013, the project is made possible through support from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the generous support of founding sponsor, Zoetis, Inc., a company that discovers, develops and manufactures veterinary vaccines and medicines.

Created to inspire the next generation of veterinarians, the exhibit uses a dynamic combination of interactive learning stations, films and touch screen videos, and three-dimensional settings to explore topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. It also highlights the varied roles veterinarians play in the health of animals.

“Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a custom-built exhibition housed on an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, will be at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI, Wednesday, June 25, to Friday, June 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free exhibit will be staged in front of the main gate and is open to the public.

Visitors to “Animal Connections” can continue the learning experience online at animalconnections.com. The site includes resources on animal care and careers in veterinary medicine.

Highlights:

  • 1,000 square feet of interior space with interactive displays, video screens, games, and hands-on and minds-on activities.
  • Five main sections: The Home, The Farm, The Zoo, The Wild and The Veterinary Clinic.
  • Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and research at the National Zoo.

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Detroit Zoo Premieres Three Films at Wild Adventure Zone

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoo visitors can travel from Rio de Janeiro to Alaska to a mysterious island with three new films at the Wild Adventure Zone, located in the Ford Education Center. “Rio: The 4-D Experience” and “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience” at the 4-D Theater and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” at the Simulator Ride will debut on April 18, 2014, and run through the end of the year.

“Rio: The 4-D Experience” follows Blu and Jewel, the last blue macaws on Earth, as they are chased and captured by evil cockatoo Nigel. The duo takes viewers on a thrilling journey through Rio de Janeiro, working together despite Blu’s inability to fly and finding courage, friendship and maybe even love along the way.

Alternating with “Rio” is “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience”, a wildlife adventure that follows grizzly bears as they emerge from their winter dens in the Alaskan mountains and travel up the west coast of North America to feast on the great salmon run. This captivating film provides insight into the forces of nature, which drive a chain reaction culminating in a spectacular wildlife event.

In “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”, the star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne-inspired voyage. While looking for his long-lost grandfather, Sean decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding Sean’s grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the backs of giant bees.

The 126-seat 4-D Theater delivers a high-definition viewing experience in 3-D with 7.1 digital audio surround sound. The experience features a variety of sensory surprises that are built into the seats and theater environment, bringing on-screen images to life with 4-D effects such as mist, scents, back pokers, leg ticklers and seat vibrations. Some 4-D effects may be too intense for children 5 and under; parental discretion is advised.

The 30-seat Simulator Ride is an educational, action-packed thrill ride which offers a “you-are-there” experience from the comfort of a specially equipped, motion-simulated cabin. Passengers must be at least 36 inches (3 feet) tall, and it is recommended that they be at least 5 years of age or older.

Tickets for each experience are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission and are available at the main gate, the Wild Adventure Zone ticket booth or online. With ZooMORE! – a seasonal discounted ticket package for rides and attractions – visitors can experience the 4-D Theater and Simulator Ride as well as the Tauber Family Railroad (one way) and Carousel, or any combination thereof, for $12 with Zoo admission.

Click on Attractions at www.detroitzoo.org for the most up-to-date information and movie times.

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How Do Animals Make Woo at the Zoo?

Love Gone Wild - Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Birds do it. Bees do it. Find out how animals at the Detroit Zoo do it at the third annual Love Gone Wild on Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Open to both singles and sweethearts 21 and older, this memorable Valentine’s Day event offers a candid, intimate and entertaining look at how many of the Detroit Zoo’s animal residents do the “wild thing”.

Hosted by Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter, the evening includes stories of passionate – sometimes tawdry – encounters, May-December romances, unrequited love, mate swapping and positions not found in the Kama Sutra. The adult-themed exposé reveals details of the “love lives” of animals that are not always visible to Zoo visitors or fit to print on Zoo signs.

“From prolonged public bouts of coitus to brief clandestine assignations, sex happens at the zoo. We’re usually involved in planning or facilitating it, and we’re always watching for it, but we don’t often talk about it. At Love Gone Wild, we not only talk about it, we show pictures,” said Carter.

Held in the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, Love Gone Wild features a strolling supper and delectable desserts prepared by the Zoo’s culinary team from Dining in the Wild. A Champagne welcome and two drink tickets are also included.

The cost is $75 per person for Detroit Zoological Society Members and $85 per person for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by clicking here and at Window One at the front of the Zoo.

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Detroit Zoo’s Newest Star Gives Visitors Reason to Ooh-Ooh and Ahh-Ahh

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Tom Roy / Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Zuhura – Swahili for “morning star” – is the stellar name given to a female chimpanzee born in the early morning hours of August 10, 2013, at the Detroit Zoo’s Great Apes of Harambee.

Zuhura is the first baby born to mother, Chiana, 19, and the third in five years for father, Imara, 18, who also sired female Akira, 2, and male Ajua, 4, with 26-year-old Akati. The baby also represents the Detroit Zoo’s inaugural second-generation chimpanzee birth; mom Chiana was born at the Zoo in 1994 to Abby, who is now 30.

“It’s exciting to have three generations of chimps represented here,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Robert Lessnau. “Chiana is proving to be a great first-time mom.”

Zuhura can be seen clinging to Chiana as she carries her around the Great Apes of Harambee. Visitors can spot them climbing trees outdoors on sunny days and hanging out in the habitat’s spacious indoor dayrooms during inclement weather.

The Great Apes of Harambee is a 4-acre indoor-outdoor habitat that houses chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas and drills. The primates spend their days foraging, grooming and playing, just as they would in their native African environment.

Zuhura’s birth is the result of a recommendation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan, a cooperative population management and conservation program for endangered and threatened species. There are 255 chimpanzees in AZA-accredited zoos in the United States, and Zuhura is one of only four chimps born this year.

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, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day, 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, $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 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Detroit Zoo Heats Up for Wild Summer Nights

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesdays during July and August with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, presented by MESP. Concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 3 through Aug. 28, 2013, and are free with Zoo admission.

Admission prices are reduced to $6 for all guests after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August; members are admitted free. The Zoo remains open until 8 p.m.

Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, folk, rock, Motown and R&B. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

Concert Schedule:

  • July 3 – The Sun Messengers (Motown and R&B)
  • July 10 – The Joe Reilly Band (children’s)
  • July 17 – The Sugarees (Americana)
  • July 24 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)
  • July 31 – The Verve Pipe (children’s)
  • Aug. 7 – Jill Jack (folk)
  • Aug. 14 – Julianne Ankley (country)
  • Aug. 21 – Candy Band (children’s)
  • Aug. 28 – Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers (children’s)

While Zoo visitors are getting their late-day dose of “Vitamin Z”, the animals will receive enrichment as well at 6 and 7 p.m. Offered daily at the Detroit Zoo, environmental enrichment enhances animal habitats to make them more dynamic and engaging. It includes the introduction of novel and sometimes unpredictable elements such as objects, sounds, scents or other stimuli that give the animals the opportunity to express choice and control in their environments and to make decisions, express individuality and behave in species-typical ways.

Wild Summer Nights is supported by Ford, Outback Steakhouse and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

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