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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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Come taste the wine and hear the band at Detroit Zoo’s Wild Beasts, Wild Wine

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Raise a glass to wildlife at the Detroit Zoo’s second annual Wild Beasts, Wild Wine and sample wines from more than 30 local and national wineries and vineyards. The event takes place this Friday, July 26, 2013, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

The wine-tasting experience will feature live performances by jazz crooner Ben Sharkey and Gino Fanelli’s Red Hot Sugar Daddies, after-hours access to the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, complimentary tram tours of the Zoo, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as space is limited. Tickets are available for $40 online or at the gate. Ticket packages include Detroit Zoo admission, parking and 10 wine-tasting tickets (additional tasting tickets and food will be available for purchase).

Designated Driver (DD) tickets are available online or at the gate up to the night of the event. DD tickets are $25 and include Zoo admission, parking and unlimited soft drinks. DD ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event.

To purchase tickets, visit www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-beasts-wild-wine or Booth 1 at the front of the Zoo.

Wild Beasts, Wild Wine will take place in the Detroit Zoo’s Events Pavilion, rain or shine. Attendees must be 21 or older; photo ID is required. A grape time will be had by all!

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Detroit Zoological Society Gives Stamp of Approval to Save Vanishing Species Semipostal

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will help stamp out extinction with a Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp cancellation ceremony and sale at the Detroit Zoo. Representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wildlife Without Borders (WWB) program, Detroit Tigers organization and DZS will participate in the ceremony outside the Zoo’s admission gates at 1:30 p.m. today, Friday, May 17, 2013, in observance of Endangered Species Day. There is no charge for admission or parking for the stamp event; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for guests entering the Zoo.

The semipostal stamp, which features the image of an Amur tiger, will be available for sale at the Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo pet adoption event being held today from 2 to 8 p.m. The cost of the stamp is 55 cents – 9 cents more than first-class postage – and proceeds benefit the WWB Multinational Species Conservation Funds for tigers, great apes, rhinos, elephants, and marine turtles.

“We’re delighted to welcome the Detroit Zoo as our newest partner in the metro area. Together with the Zoo, the local post offices and the Detroit Tigers team and family, we will make a difference in protecting some of the most cherished and iconic species that make our world a better place to live,” said Herbert Raffaelle, Chief of the USFWS Division of International Conservation.

“This stamp helps to create awareness of vanishing species and provides an excellent way for the community to support major conservation programs for some of the most endangered wildlife on the planet,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan.

In addition, the USPS is creating special collector’s envelopes with the cancelled stamp – called cachets – featuring images of marine turtles as well as the Detroit Zoo’s Amur tigers, western lowland gorillas, white rhinoceroses and retired Asian elephants. The cachets will sell for $5 each or $20 for a set of five and will also be available during the Meet Your Best Friend event.

Animal enrichment and zookeeper talks will take place at the Zoo’s great ape (10:30 a.m.), rhino (12 noon) and tiger (2 p.m.) habitats on May 17 to educate visitors about the plight of these iconic species in the wild.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp marks the fourth semipostal stamp issued by the USPS and the first issued to raise funds for wildlife conservation. The stamp was introduced on September 20, 2011, and is available in post offices across the United States and online. To date, more than 20 million stamps have been sold, raising more than $2.1 million for the international conservation of wildlife.

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Ask Yourself: Do I Want to be a Detroit Zoo Volunteer?

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is asking people to “Ask Yourself” in a new volunteer recruitment video. The question: Do you want to be a Detroit Zoo volunteer? The answer may be just a click away for those who are considering a volunteer position at the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

The short film, produced by DZS volunteer Giff Rogers, highlights the various volunteer opportunities at the Detroit Zoo. Positions include Zoo Ambassador, Gallery Guide at the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Guest Assistant at the Arctic Ring of Life, and member of the “Mob Squad” at the Australian Outback Adventure, among others. “Fast Facts” for each position help lead viewers to the position that may be the right fit for them.

“Volunteering with the DZS is great fun for people who would enjoy continuing their education, sharing their love of animals, meeting lifelong friends, developing new skills and even getting exercise walking the Zoo’s 125 acres,” said DZS Volunteer Services Manager Linda Denomme. “Our hope is that people will watch the video and ask themselves, ‘Who wouldn’t want to be a Detroit Zoo volunteer?’”

Recruitment and training of volunteers 18 years of age and older begin in the spring to prepare for the peak summer season, starting this year with the Detroit Zoo’s annual Bunnyville event on March 30, 2013. Training will be offered for both seasonal and year-round opportunities. The 2013 volunteer orientation dates are:

• Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Volunteer orientation sessions are held in the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center; advance registration is required. Visit http://detroitzoo.org/volunteers/volunteering-detroit-zoo to download an application. For further information call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3802 or email volunteer@dzs.org.

No experience is necessary to become a Detroit Zoological Society volunteer, and volunteers do not handle or feed the animals. DZS volunteers enjoy a number of benefits in exchange for their time, including discounts and an annual volunteer appreciation party. Last year, 1,167 volunteers contributed 103,335 hours of service to the DZS, representing $2,251,670 in support.


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Detroit Zoological Society Creates Fund For Wildlife Rescue

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has established a fund to facilitate the rescue of animals with the intent to provide sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo. The Kalter/Lezotte Fund for Wildlife Rescue has been named for Chris Lezotte and DZS board member Alan Kalter in recognition of their substantial lead gift.

The DZS frequently provides sanctuary to exotic animals that are abandoned, surrendered or confiscated. The rescued animals – most of which were kept as exotic pets, lived in circuses or roadside menageries, or were bought and sold by exotic animal dealers – are often in need of immediate rescue. Few places can offer sanctuary.

“This fund will enable us to continue our critical work rescuing and caring for these animals,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan. “Alan and Chris have been extraordinary supporters of the Detroit Zoo for many years, and we are grateful for their generous gift and their incredible commitment to our mission of saving animals.”

More than one thousand individual mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have been rescued by the DZS since 1993. They include: Bärle, a polar bear confiscated from a tropical circus; Hamms, a black bear purportedly used in beer commercials; Mike, Thor and Boo, orphaned grizzly bear cubs from Alaska; injured racehorses Siberian Sun, Trio and Buster; Katie and Percival, lions found guarding urban drug houses, as well as three lions from a junkyard in Kansas; and hundreds of reptiles, amphibians and mammals rescued from an exotic animal dealer in Texas in the largest seizure in U.S. history.

“The DZS has a long and successful history of being at the forefront of wildlife rescue in America. The fund will help to ensure a very long future of providing a better tomorrow for animals in need – a distinctive aspect of the Detroit Zoo’s mission of celebrating and saving wildlife,” said Kalter.

Kalter, who has served on the DZS board since 1997, was CEO and owner of the Doner advertising agency in Southfield, Mich., until his retirement in 2009. The agency has created award-winning pro bono advertising campaigns for the Detroit Zoo for more than 30 years, including the current “Vitamin Z” campaign. Doner’s famous “Zoo Stars” television commercial from the early eighties won the coveted CLIO award and, more recently, the agency’s “Worth Keeping” campaign to support the 2008 tri-county millage to keep the Zoo captured the prestigious Gold Effie award. In 2009, the DZS presented Kalter with the Nautilus award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly affected the future of wildlife and nature.

To contribute to the Kalter/Lezotte Fund for Wildlife Rescue, make a check payable to the Detroit Zoological Society and send it to Fund for Wildlife Rescue, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, or call (248) 336-5704.

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Woodward welcomes trees

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward Avenue is getting some much needed attention to its lack of trees up and down the median throughout Royal Oak, specifically between 11 Mile Road and Normandy Road. Royal Oak has been known for its consistent appreciation for trees throughout the city and has been awarded the “Tree City USA” award numerous years running, according to the city’s website.

“Its commitment to tree planting and preservation has earned the City of Royal Oak the National Arbor Day Foundation distinction of ‘Tree City USA‘ every year since 1976.”

I can’t express enough how much I hate seeing orange x’s on trees in my neighborhood.  In the grand scheme of things it’s minimal, but it takes a long time for a tree to mature and losing one can be a major blow to a city or private property owner. Although in many cases it’s standard procedure to eliminate all but a few trees in newly developed subdivisions–a main reason I will probably never live in a new development with the dreaded cul-de-sacs, detention ponds and the general lack of architectural detail. No offense to those who live in these places or have an affinity for them.

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