Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This weekend we were delighted with the birth of this endangered species here at the zoo. The pudus are exhibited adjacent to our brand new Chilean flamingo exhibit, a bird species that share their habitat in the wild.
For more information about this species, which is disappearing in the wild due to illegal logging, habitat loss and hunting, visit our Southern Pudu Fact Sheet.
View a short video of these little deer below (note this video does not have sound):
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thanks to everyone who came out to welcome the flamingos to their new home.
Photos by Dennis Dow, Ryan Hawk, and Adria Saracino.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Flock Alert: if you spot a flock somewhere in
As for the real birds, they are settling into the exhibit well as we gear up for Saturday’s opening event with live music, flamingo-themed giveaways, cupcakes, a keeper talk and more.Photo by Dale Unruh.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The always popular Butterflies and Blooms exhibit re-opens for the summer season on Fri., May 23 (now free with zoo admission). You’ll be surrounded by nearly 1000 free-flying butterflies representing 15 North American species. If you’re lucky, you may even get one to land on you. Here’s a tip: butterflies are attracted to bright colors!
Zebra longwing butterfly, photo by Dennis Conner.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Photo by Ryan Hawk
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The 27 members of the zoo’s flock of Chilean flamingos were carried one by one to their new exhibit today. They won’t make their public premiere until Memorial Day weekend, but we’ve moved them in a bit early to let them get acquainted with their (still off-view) new home.
After settling in their holding area for a few hours, the birds paraded into their new exhibit and have begun to explore their surroundings. The keepers are watching the birds closely to see how they adjust to the new space -- several birds have already been observed drinking from the pool.
Want to see them for yourselves? Don't miss the opening day celebration on Sat., May 24, filled with South American music, flamingo programs and giveaways, stilt walkers and pink cupcakes from Cupcake Royale. See you there!
Photos by Melissa Wheeler.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
There is an ongoing need for widespread education and outreach concerning their welfare to enable peaceful coexistence with people who live or spend time in bear country. The zoo proudly partners with the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project in helping to protect and conserve the grizzly bears in our region. Visit GBOP's website for details about local events for Bear Awareness.