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Empowering Conservation in Aruba

Empowering Conservation in Aruba

by Toledo Zoo

Did you know the Toledo Zoo has almost a 30-year history of studying wildlife and supporting conservation efforts on the island of Aruba?

A great deal has been accomplished in that period, performing crucial research and supporting island-wide conservation planning. However, perhaps the greatest contributions to date are the development of technical expertise on the island. In conservation terms, this is called ‘capacity building,’ the transfer of knowledge and critical skills to local residences so that they are better capable to participate in conservation work. Toledo Zoo staff and collaborating university partners have performed formal and informal training programs during field trips to Aruba. Above, Andy Odum, Curator of Herpetology, leads a local group in Aruba through one of these ‘capacity building’ sessions.

To learn more about the Toledo Zoo’s conservation initiatives, click here.

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Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank

Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank

by Toledo Zoo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

There’s still time to join the Toledo Zoo for the 2017 edition of the holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank. Past favorites are back again this year like the Ice Slide and Bumper Cars on Ice in the Winter Village presented by Kroger, with new attractions to enjoy including the Northern Dancing Lights display presented by St. Luke’s Hospital and Scenes of Wonder, a 3-D holiday scene set to music and projected on the side of the Carnivore Cafe. Stop in the Aquarium to see Santa Claus dive in the 90,000 gallon reef tank at 3:15 and 4:15 daily. Join us!

To learn more and buy tickets, please visit toledozoo.org/lights.

 

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Have you ever heard of a Capercaille?

Have you ever heard of a Capercaille?

by Toledo Zoo

This bird is non-migratory, makes a thundering noise when taking flight and its wings produce a whistling sound when flying. What is it? The Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

Capercaillies are largest member of the grouse family with the male being twice the size of the female. Males average nine pounds and a wingspan of 35-49 inches and striking markings, while the female is only about four pounds and much plainer with brown feathers and silver barring. Interestingly, both sexes have feathered legs to help insulate from the cold. Capercaillies are found in shady forests with dense, damp undergrowth across Europe and Russia. They eat berries, shoots, stems and pine needles.

A breeding pair of capercaillies are on exhibit outdoors at the Toledo Zoo between the vultures and Great Apes.

 

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Bring the entire family to the Toledo Zoo on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year a little early… at noon!

Let’s be honest; midnight is just too late for the younger party-hat wearers. To provide the same fun festivities during day-light hours for our pint-sized guests, the Toledo Zoo will celebrate Noon Year’s Eve sponsored by Meijer.

This family-friendly event, focusing on making 2018 a greener year, will take place Sunday, December 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrate the stroke of noon with the rising of our recycling ball, a cascade of biodegradable confetti, apple juice toast and a chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ Enjoy making conservation reZOOlutions, craft time, an ice carving demonstration, animal feeds/enrichment, as well as the Ice Slide and Bumper Cars on Ice in the Winter Village sponsored by Kroger.

This is the perfect way for the whole family to send out 2017 with a bang!

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Toledo Zoo Party for the Planet

Toledo Zoo Party for the Planet

by Toledo Zoo

Join the Toledo Zoo in celebrating Mother Earth and exemplifying our mission of inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world during Party for the Planet, supported by MetroPCS and Toledo Waterways Initiative along with media sponsor Buckeye Broadband, on Saturday, April 22.

Drop off your recyclable goods – including hard-to-recycle items– between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project, which is made possible through partnerships with: Goodwill, AIM Ecycling, LLC., GoGreen Ohio, KTLCB/Lucas County Waste Management, Gateway Recycling and Waste Reduction, Inc., and TerraCycle.

As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great green day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly through displays from local “green” organizations, enjoy earth-friendly activities in the award-winning Nature’s Neighborhood and witness animal feeding demonstrations all across the Zoo. These demonstrations are more than just fun to watch; they also serve to remind us that animals all across the world are relying on humans to take care of the land, water and air we all call home. Additionally, six local schools will have miniature gardens with recycled materials incorporated into their designs on display in the Great Hall of the Museum of Science both Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. All of the green activities are included free with Zoo admission.

For more information and a full list of recyclable items, please visit www.toledozoo.org/party-for-the-planet.

 

 

 

 

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Lucas’ Seventh Birthday Party!!!  This will be one “big” event!

 

Saturday, June 2

Look for more details here:  https://www.toledozoo.org/lucas-birthday 

Lucas the elephant calf is fun to watch as he continues to grow up, and you can join us for his 7th birthday party! Free with your Zoo admission.  

 

Why is his name Lucas, you may ask?  This big little guy was name in honor of the residents of Lucas County for all of their support of the Toledo Zoo!

 

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Come enjoy the finer things in life with a wine tasting at the Toledo Zoo

Join us for our next wine tasting and dinner on Saturday, February 10 in our beautiful Malawi Event Center, boasting an 73 foot long Aquarium filled with colorful endangered fish!

At each event you will enjoy a delectable mix of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing. Bring your friends for a fun evening for all, or make it a romantic couples’ night out. You deserve it!

Make your reservation and learn more here.

 

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A Bird’s Eye View of Africa!

A Bird’s Eye View of Africa!

by Toledo Zoo

Expedition Africa! Aerial Adventure Course presented by Mercy Health

Calling all thrill-seekers to Expedition Africa! Aerial Adventure Course presented by Mercy Health! Come out and get up there- the view of the Africa! exhibit and all the animals that call it home can only be described as incomparable!

For ticketing information, please visit the Toledo Zoo.

 

 

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It’s a boy! One of our newest babies at the Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Western lowland gorilla born late November 2017. Mokonzi, (Moh-khan-see) which means governor in Swahili, is baby number three for 23 year old mother, Kitani, and baby number five for 29 year old father, Kwisha. Mokonzi is healthy and bonding well with his parents.

The new family is on exhibit indoors at Kingdom of the Apes. Adult western lowland gorillas are the largest of all great apes at four to six feet tall and anywhere from 150 – 500 pounds depending on sex. They live in the heavy rainforests of west central Africa and eat a vegetarian diet of roots, fruits and plants. Western lowland gorillas live in troops consisting of four to eight animals, with one silverback male, a few females, young offspring and occasionally a few young males. Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered and declining on the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species due to three main interconnected threats: habitat loss, bushmeat hunting and human encroachment.

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