Friday, May 31, 2019

World Sea Lion Day

Do you love our California Sea Lions? (Who doesn't). Come join us at the zoo on Sunday for World Sea Lion Day. There will be lots of events going on, throughout the day including interpreted Sea Lion experiences, training and enrichment demonstrations and even diet kitchen tours.

The event is free with zoo admission and 100% of any donations go directly to Sea Lion conservation (Marine Mammal Care Center), courtesy of your AAZK chapter.

And with a donation to Sea Lion conservation, you can have the chance to win one of several great prizes including:

- An exclusive sea lion keeper experience
- A custom sea lion painting
- Two Monroe County Parks Family Packs
- Reusable straws to help you live more sustainably

Schedule of Events

9:45 a.m. - Interpreted Sea Lion Experience
10:30 a.m. - Sea Lion Enrichment Demonstration / Keeper Chat
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Diet Kitchen Tours led by Keeper Staff
11:30 a.m. - Interpreted Sea Lion Experience
12 p.m. - Training Demonstration with female sea lion Lily
1:30 p.m. - Sea Lion Enrichment Demonstration / Keeper Chat
3:30 p.m. - Interpreted Sea Lion Experience

Find us in the Rocky Coast Gallery.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

International Otter Day

Celebrate International Otter Day with us at Seneca Park Zoo on Sunday, May 26. Learn all about otters through training and enrichment demonstrations, keeper chats, Biofacts, and more. Plus, enter drawings to win a painting made by one of the Zoo’s otters or an exclusive behind-the-scenes meet and greet!
Meet with Dr. Caroline DeLong, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director for Psychology at RIT, to learn about Seneca Park Zoo’s partnership with RIT on two very different studies with our resident North American river otters.

Visit interactive stations to discover the different otter species, their unique adaptations for survival, and what you can do in your daily life to preserve aquatic habitats for local animals.
This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. – Otter Training Demonstration
11:00 a.m. – Otter Cognitive Research presentation by Dr. DeLong of RIT
11:30 a.m. – Otter Experience / Keeper Chat
12:30 p.m. – Otter DNA research presentation by Dr. Buckley of RIT
1 p.m. – Otter Enrichment Demonstration / Keeper Chat
2 p.m. – Otter Experience / Keeper Chat
3:30 p.m. – Otter Training Demonstration

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bella Update

Bella and her mother Kumang
For those of you that don't know, Bella the Orangutan was born here at the Seneca Park Zoo 6 years ago. Bella and her mother Kumang recently moved to Zoo Miami, to allow for the demolition and reconstruction of a new tropical/primate facility.
When Bella was an infant she suffered a jaw injury that required surgery and will require constant monitoring, at her new home.
Keepers, at Zoo Miami, have now trained Bella to allow jaw X-Rays to be taken right at her exhibit. This is much less stressful for Bella and will allow for more X-Rays to be taken. Unfortunately, Zoo Miami does not have a portable dental X-Ray machine.
On Bella's 6th Birthday they started a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase a machine.
The Seneca Park Zoo AAZK Chapter is happy to announce that we have made a donation to this cause and we are encouraging all our followers, members and guests to do the same if you can. Below is a link to their donation page.
Feel free to post any comments about Bella below and by all means, let us know if you made a donation.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebrate rhinos at Cinco de Rhino

"Bill" (Photo by Wayne Smith)
Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This conservation awareness day is a family-friendly event complete with a variety of opportunities to learn about this amazing species, from keeper chats and Biofact stations to crafts and games.

Learn all about the Zoo’s resident white rhino, Bill, the threats against his counterparts in their natural range, and what organizations like the International Rhino Foundation are doing to help save rhinos. Discover what simple actions you can take in your own life to protect this species, including attending an upcoming event hosted by the Zoo’s AAZK chapter, Bowling for Rhinos.

For a donation to rhino conservation, enter drawings to win a one-of-a-kind painting by Bill or an exclusive behind-the-scenes rhino experience.

This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – Rhino Keeper Chat
2 p.m. – Rhino Keeper Chat