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Aadorable Aardvark Aarrives at Detroit Zoo

Tom Roy/Detroit Zoo

Tom Roy/Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A female aardvark was born at the Detroit Zoo February 11, 2014, the third offspring for 10-year-old Rachaael and 11-year-old Mchimbaji. Named Kaatie, the calf weighed less than 4 pounds at birth and has since more than quadrupled in size. Mature aardvarks can weigh from 90 to 145 pounds and grow 5 to 6 feet in length.

“Kaatie is healthy and adorable, and seems to be enjoying her time with mom, nestling in close and nursing throughout the day,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh.

Animal care staff have been monitoring Rachaael and Kaatie closely in the 30 days since the calf was born. Aardvarks are small and fragile at birth, and the mothers are sometimes clumsy and can accidentally injure their little ones. “We are ready to intervene should mom decide to roll over or get up for a snack,” said Arbaugh.

The aardvarks stay indoors during the cold-weather months but can be seen outdoors in their African Grasslands habitat across from the giraffes come spring.

The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is an African mammal whose name derives from the Afrikaans word “earth pig”. The animal’s unusual appearance plays a role in its success as a forager. Its large ears point forward to enable it to listen for the sound of insects during nocturnal feeding forays. The snout is long and filled with hair that acts as a filter, letting scents in and keeping dirt out. Strong limbs and spoon-shaped claws can tear though the sturdiest of termite mounds and the most hard-packed earth, allowing the aardvark to trap insects with its sticky tongue, which can be up to 12 inches long.

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Indoor fun during the frigid months

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Old Man Winter

By Jeffrey Buck

As the temps continue to drop around the metro area the appeal of indoor activities skyrocket. There is plenty of fun activities outdoors that take place but it’s still nice to get inside and find an activity that is both fun and family friendly. Over the years I’ve tried to find the best places for both kids and adults to escape the wind and snow to let out some much needed energy. Here is my list of places around Metro Detroit that offer just that:

Bowling
Astro Lanes
32388 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-3131

Rock Climbing
Planet Rock
34 Rapid Street
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 334-3904

Swimming
Royal Oak Middle School
709 North Washington Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-7100

Roller Skating (Traditional)
Riverside Arena
36635 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-3540

Skate Park
Modern Skate Park
1500 North Stephenson Hwy
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-7275

Bocce Ball
Plazzo di Bocce
4291 South Lapeer Road
Lake Orion, MI 48359
(248) 371-9987

Feather Bowling
Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560

Trampoline Park
Air Time Trampoline & Game Park
662 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 918-0909

Basketball
Joe Dumars Fieldhouse
45300 Mound Road
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 731-3080

Golf
The Drive-in
11 East 14 Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 577-1203

Soccer
Total Soccer
1319 Lexington Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 288-2110

Ice Skating
Onyx Ice Arena
52999 Dequindre Road
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 601-6699

Curling
Detroit Curling Club
1615 E. Lewiston
Ferndale, MI 48220.
(248) 544-0635

Arcade
Dave & Busters
45511 Park Ave
Utica, MI 48315
(586) 930-1515

Whirlyball
Whirlyball Novi
41550 Grand River Ave,
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 788-8900

Go Karts
Kart 2 Kart
42705 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 997-8800

Baseball Batting Cages
Macomb Batting Cages
18810 Kelly Court
Clinton Township, MI 48035
(586) 846-4372

I know I have probably just scratched the surface, so if you have a favorite place to take the activities indoors during the winter months please share below in the form of a comment.

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Shorpy Saturday – Snow Globe: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

The cold weather has arrived and Michigan will soon see its first substantial snow fall. As the temperature continues to drop in Detroit there is still plenty of hot new development going on downtown. Grand Circus Park, seen below in 1902, is witnessing a rebirth of its many surrounding buildings as work continues at the Whitney Building.  Once completed it will join the Madison Theatre and Broderick Tower, along with several other buildings, in the growing downtown area.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Snow Globe: 1902“:

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Detroit circa 1902. “Winter study, Grand Circus Park.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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America’s Thanksgiving Parade Information:

Starts at 8:45 AM

Broadcast Live :

TV: WDIV from 9-10 AM

Radio: WJR 760 AM

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Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

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By Jeffrey Buck

More than a million LED lights will be shining bright on trees, buildings and animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo for 24 nights.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is back and if you missed the opening weekend have no fear as you have many more opportunities to experience the spectacular holiday magic. The yearly event which features live entertainment, seasonal refreshments, arts & crafts, ice carving and a holiday train display will take place this weekend, November 29-December 1. If you can’t make it there will also be several dates throughout December and January.

The Detroit Zoo is a magical place in winter and it will be even more so in the glow of holiday lights,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO. “Our hope is that Wild Lights will again become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the community.”

The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.

“The Polar Express 4-D Experience” will be shown exclusively during Wild Lights at the Wild Adventure Zone’s 4-D Theater. The 14-minute adaption of the feature film starring Tom Hanks tells the tale of a doubting young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and discovers that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Cost is $5.

Tickets for the event are $8 per person if bought in advance or $10 at the gate. Parking is $5 per car. The other dates are as follows:

December 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30

January 2-5, 2014

For more information visit the Zoo’s website here.

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March Wild Winter Weekend

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By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for some fun this weekend? The Detroit Zoological Society has got you covered. Come check out the March edition of Wild Winter Weekends being held this Saturday and Sunday at the Detroit Zoo.

The Wild Winter Safari Social will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both March 9 and 10. Special activities, free with the cost of regular admission, will include zookeeper talks, animal arts and crafts, face painting, animal enrichment activities and a winter safari scavenger hunt.

Remember the Zoo is open from 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).

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February Wild Winter Weekend

Detroit Zoo - Wild Winter Weekends

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for some fun this weekend? The Detroit Zoological Society has got you covered. Come check out the February edition of Wild Winter Weekends being held this Saturday and Sunday at the Detroit Zoo.

The Wild Winter African Adventure will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both February 9 and 10. Special activities, free with the cost of regular admission, will include an African drum lesson, stories told by Kenyan naturalist and Detroit Zoo Education Specialist David Gakure, live entertainment, arts & crafts and games.

Check back in March for more Wild Winter Weekends at the Detroit Zoo.

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