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Whose Birthday Is It?

Saturday, June 3rd

The Toledo Zoo celebrates the sixth birthday of our big boy

Lucas the African elephant!

You are invited to bring the whole family and join in the pachyderm party fun! No need to worry about bringing a gift, the elephant keepers and our ZOOTeen volunteers have created special enrichment presents for the birthday boy to enjoy! And our award-winning catering department is making a yummy, elephantastic birthday treat with all of Lucas’s favorite fruits and veggies! This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

To learn more of the details and times please visit toledozoo.org/lucas

 

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Just What Goes Into Taking Care of the Zoo’s Animal Collection?

The Zoo’s mission statement is inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world.

Caring for animals is at the core of what we do. There are many aspects that go into taking care of the Zoo’s animals, including feeding and nutrition, vet care, training, and so much more! For example, in one year, the Zoo’s Commissary Department, which is responsible for ordering, preparing, and distributing food to all of the animals, will deliver:

  • 1,000 bushels of fruit and veggies
  • 30,000 heads of lettuce
  • 1 half ton (1,000 pounds) of grapes
  • 2.25 tons of celery
  • 5 tons of carrots
  • 5 tons of monkey chow
  • 8 tons of bird food
  • 12 tons of carnivore diet
  • Over 35 tons of fish

Want to learn more? Visit the animal care page on the Zoo’s website.

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Celebrate Native American Heritage

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about the diverse culture and history of Native Americans by exploring the resources your local library has to offer.

Books for Adults

Native nations : cultures and histories of native North America / Nancy Bonvillain
Good Friday on the rez : a Pine Ridge odyssey / David Hugh Bunnell
Crazy Brave : a Memoir by Joy Harjo
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher : the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

Books for Children

Sweetest Kulu / by Celina Kalluk ; illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
Buffalo Bird Girl : A Hidatsa Story retold by S. D. Nelson
Arctic peoples by Robin S. Doak - First nations of North America
Native Americans : discover the history & cultures of the first Americans : with 15 projects / Kim Kavin ; illustrated by Beth Hetland

Books for Pre-Teens and Teens

Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team / Steve Sheinkin
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
If I ever get out of here : a novel with paintings / by Eric Gansworth
Dreaming in Indian : contemporary Native American voices / edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

The First Peoples of North America series by Raymond Bial

This series is great for grades 4 and up.

The people and culture of the Delaware / Raymond Bial
The People and Culture of the Huron by Raymond Bial
The people and culture of the Menominee / Raymond Bial
The people and culture of the Shawnee / Cassie M. Lawton and Raymond Bial

Additional Resources

National Native American Heritage Month – National Endowment for the Humanities

Native American Heritage – National Park Service

Native American Heritage Month – PBS

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources – Smithsonian


Catalog Tips

Looking for more on the topics above? Search the catalog using the following terms:

  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America — Folklore
  • Indians of North America — Social life and customs
  • Indian Art — North America
  • Indian Mythology — North America
  • Inuit — Social life and customs
  • Native Americans

Originally posted by Toledo Lucas County blogger April S. at ToledoLibrary.org/blog/celebrate-native-american-heritage.

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Just How Do You Move a 450lb Tortoise?

Meet Emerson!

There is evidence that Galapagos tortoises can live up to 200 years in the wild. They have no native predators, are on a lean diet and get plenty of exercise. It is perfectly reasonable that you may encounter a tortoise on the islands that was seen by Charles Darwin. The Zoo’s very own Galapagos tortoise, Emerson, is believed to be over 100 years old.

Emerson has moved back into his summer home right next to Gorilla Meadows!

Watch as we move him!

You can visit Emerson at the Toledo Zoo!

 

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A Species in Need

A Species in Need

by Toledo Zoo

In 1930, there were an estimated 1,000,000 breeding pairs of African Penguins.

By 1956, all but 14% of that original population had disappeared. In 1980, 7% was left. In 2007, 4% was left. In 2012, only 2% of the healthy breeding population of 1,000,000 pairs of African Penguins was left in the world. This trend currently shows no signs of reversing. Learn what your Toledo Zoo is doing to help.

You can support the Zoo’s efforts by adopting a penguin today!

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From the Brink of Extinction

As part of an international conservation initiative, Toledo Zoo recently sent 600 captive-reared Kihansi spray toads to Tanzania to be released into their native habitat.

 The Kihansi spray toad (KST) is a tiny, goldenrod colored amphibian that is native only to the spray zone (where the falling water meets the rocks) of the waterfall in the Kihansi Gorge in Tanzania. With a complex past worthy of its own documentary, Kihansi spray toads went extinct in the wild between 2003 and 2004, as the developing country looked for ways to spread electricity to its people.

Since the beginning of our conservation efforts, the Toledo Zoo has helped to release 4,555 back into the wild, in hopes of recreating a self-sustaining population.

To learn more about Kihansi spray toads, please visit wildtoledo.org.

 

 

 

 

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A Bird’s Eye View of Africa!

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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Are Your Kids Ready For an Adventure?

Toledo Zoo Summer Camp

Join in on the adventure and discover the habitats where some of the Zoo’s fantastic beasts are found. Or discover what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Your kids will have a great time this summer learning about animals, conservation, and so much more at the Toledo Zoo’s Summer Camp programs.

Here’s a video of just one of the camps focusing on local conservation:

 

 

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