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Toledo Zoo’s Reticulated Python Video

Conservation Clip

Reticulated pythons (Broghammerus reticulatus) grow to be the longest snakes in the world at 15-20 feet. Reticulatus means “net-like” in Latin and refers to the snakes intricate color pattern. These snakes are common in rainforests, woodlands and grass lands, typically near a water source, throughout southeast Asia and nearby islands. These ambush predators feed on a variety of small mammals and birds by constricting their prey. As with all pythons, retics as they are affectionately known, are nonvenomous and not considered a threat to humans. With their sheer size, adult pythons have extremely few natural predators. Plan your visit to the Toledo Zoo to meet our big girl!


Check out this video of our herpetology staff weighing and measuring our resident female Reticulated Python!


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  • To watch more exciting, educational videos from your Toledo Zoo, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or like us on Facebook.
  • You can also adopt” our reticulated python!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Toledo Zoo’s Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash

LACE UP THOSE ATHLETIC SHOES & START TRAINING!

Join us Sat, May 20 for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash! 

5K walk/ run at 8:30 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run at 9:45 a.m.

Want to run or walk but not feeling ready?  Here are some quick tips to get there in just six weeks!

  • Buddy up! Conditioning with a friend will keep you motivated and moving.
  • Get the right gear! Invest in a good pair of running shoes and a feel-good outfit. Visit Dave’s Running Shop for some expert advice!
  • Slow and steady is the way to go. Start out running 10 seconds, then walk the remainder of each minute. Work up to running for two minutes and walking for one until you can run the full distance.
  • Use a training schedule such as:
    • Week 1:  Tue- train 10 mins; Thu- 13 mins; Sat- one mile
    • Week 2:  Tue- train 16 mins; Thu- 19 mins; Sat- 2 miles
    • Week 3:  Tue- train 19 mins; Thu- 22 mins; Sat- 2.5 miles
    • Week 4:  Tue- train 22 mins; Thu- 25 mins; Sat- 3  miles
    • Week 5:  Tue- train 25 mins; Thu- 28 mins; Sat- 3.5 miles
    • Week 6:  Tue- train 20 mins; Thu- 30 mins: Sat – run your first 5k!

For more information or to register, visit toledozoo.org/dartfrog or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091. 

Register by May 14 to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!  Or, register by May 1 and upgrade to a Nike Dri Fit tech tee for a small fee!

Registrants & their cheering sections who arrive on Zoo grounds prior to 10 a.m. can stay and enjoy a day at the Zoo at no additional charge.

Team Sponsorship opportunities available!

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Supporting Corporate Team Sponsors: Root, Savage & Associates inc.,Toledo Public Schools, EY-Team Chris Mabrey, and University of Toledo Eberly Center.

 

 

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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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Toledo Zoo’s Great White Bears

Polar Bears

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as a vulnerable species and as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to loss of Arctic sea ice from climate change. Current IUCN estimates place the population status at approximately 26,000 bears in the wild. In recent years, some of the 19 known sub-populations of polar bears have seen decreasing numbers due to warming Arctic temperatures which causes a reduction in sea ice, the main location for polar bears to hunt seals, breed and construct dens. As the sea ice melts, polar bears are forced to walk or swim farther to reach their prey (seals). Although powerful short-distance swimmers, polar bears cannot swim for days or weeks on end. Mature bears starve to death and younger cubs drown. Additionally, the reduction in sea ice also causes polar bears to spend more time on land which has put them in greater contact and conflict with humans.

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So what can we do to help the great white bear?


We can all work at reducing our individual carbon footprint. The term “carbon footprint” refers to how much carbon dioxide (CO₂) each person, group or company’s daily activities put into the Earth’s atmosphere. Contributing negative factors, include electricity usage, burning of coal and oil, length of commute to school or work and consumption of good and services produced overseas. Positive factors include, energy efficient vehicles and appliances, recycling and conservation efforts and even the number of trees and plants in your yard. Carbon footprints are important because CO₂ is a greenhouse gas, meaning it traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. This heat, in turn, is melting sea ice and warming air and water temperatures.

Your Zoo is also doing its part by participating in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for polar bears. This cooperative breeding program helps to ensure a healthy, genetically diverse and lasting captive insurance population of polar bears. Over the last ten years there have been approximately 10 successful polar bear cub births in the U.S., with the majority happening at the Toledo Zoo. In fact, the Zoo’s own assistant director of animal programs, Dr. Randi Meyerson, is the polar bear SSP coordinator and advisor to the world-renowned polar bear conservation organization, Polar Bear International (PBI). PBI has also designated the Toledo Zoo as an Arctic Ambassador Center. Zoos designated as Arctic Ambassador Centers strive for bear-friendly exhibits with extensive enrichment activities to stimulate the bears to be active and content. Arctic Ambassador Centers also support PBI research projects, educating the public about climate change and providing leadership for greenhouse gas reductions. Come visit Hope and her mom, Crystal, in the Arctic Encounter exhibit that the Toledo Zoo!


  • To watch more exciting, educational videos from your Toledo Zoo, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or like us on Facebook.
  • You can also adopt” one of the Zoo’s magnificent polar bears!

 

 

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Wine Tastings at the Toledo Zoo

Wine-down from your day with a wine tasting on the wild side at the Toledo Zoo!

Enjoy our dynamic exhibits and animals while sipping wines from around the globe. Make your reservations now for the next installment of the Zoo’s 2017 wine tasting series on Friday, May 19, from 7 – 9 p.m. in The Lodge at the Toledo Zoo.

Additional dates in the 2017 Wine Tasting Series: Friday, June 23- Malawi Event Center (formerly Nairobi Pavilion)

Each event also includes professionally paired hors d’oeuvres and live music. The Zoo’s Wine Tasting Series not only makes for great date nights, but also for unique after-hours office gatherings and guys’ or girls’ nights out!

Reserve your space by visiting toledozoo.org/wine or calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required. Tickets start at $45 for Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to attend.

 

 

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What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

‘Nikko’ is a dwarf cultivar growing 1-2 feet tall and spreading 2-5 feet wide, forming a graceful, spreading mound. White flowers cover the shrub in early spring for several days while the leaves turn an attractive deep burgundy in fall. This plant is easily grown in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade and can be found in the Gardens, Aquarium, Avian Breeding Center and Primate Forest landscapes.

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Free Music Rocks the 419!

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere is the summer solstice, which took place on June 21 this year. So, even though it feels like summer has been here for quite some time, there’s still lots of time to enjoy the warm weather in the great outdoors.

The 419 is alive with activity this summer. Short on cash? No problem! Enjoy an incredible variety of performers from all types of musical genres scattered across the Toledo area.

Free Summer Music Concerts in 2018

Brown Bag Summer Concerts - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Brown Bag Concert Series

When: Wednesdays | June – August 1 | 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Where: Main Library – North Lawn, 325 Michigan Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604

June 27 | Maumee Community Band

July 11 | Fu5ion (R&B/Hip Hop/Rock)

July 18 | Just Kiddin’ Around…with Elisa and Chuck Hage (Children’s)

July 25 | Xplozivo (Tejano)

Aug. 1 | Elixer (Beatles Tribute)

Music Under the Stars - Free Summer Concert Series - Toledo, Ohio

Music Under the Stars

When: Sundays | July 8-29 | 7:30 p.m.

Where: Toledo Zoo Ampitheater | 2700 Broadway St, Toledo, Ohio 43609

July 8 | Stars, Stripes, and Sousa with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band

July 15 | Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and Star Wars: The Music of John Williams with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band

July 22 | Christmas in July with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Players

July 29 | Swing, Swing, Swing: Music of the Big Band Stars with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra

Maumee Community Band - Maumee, Ohio

Maumee Community Band

When / Where: See listings below

June 27 | 12:15 p.m. | Brown Bag Concert
Main Library – North Lawn, 325 Michigan Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604July 3 | 6 p.m. | Independence Day Celebration
Downtown Maumee, Ohio 43537

July 10 | 7 p.m. | Music by the River II
Maumee Branch Library, Maumee, Ohio 43537

July 11 | 6 p.m. | Summer Concert
First Presbyterian Church, 200 E Broadway Street, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Aug. 7 | 7 p.m. | Music by the River III
Maumee Branch Library, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Aug. 11 | 10:30 a.m. | Maumee Street Fair
Downtown Maumee, Ohio 43537

Walbridge Park Summer Concerts - Toledo, Ohio

Walbridge Park Concerts

When: Thursdays | June-July | 7-9 p.m.

Where: Walbridge Park Gazebo | 2761 Broadway Street, Toledo, Ohio 43609

June 21 | E Z Pickenz (Acoustic Rock)

July 5 | Night Sessions (Big Band)

July 12 | Cactus Jack (Funk Rock)

July 19 | Quickness with Michelle Shelton (Jazz)

July 26 | Old State Line (Blue Grass Country)

Music at the Market - Perrysburg, Ohio

Music at the Market

When: Thursdays | June-August | 7 p.m.

Where: Downtown Perrysburg (corner of Louisiana & Indiana Avenues)

June 28 | Swingmania

July 5 | My Distant Cousinz

July 12 | Ol’ Creek Road

July 19 | The House Band

July 26 | Barile & May

Aug. 2 | Old State Line

Aug. 9 | Tammy & Dan Acoustic Duo

Aug. 16 | 56 Daze

Aug. 23 | Ramona Collins Group

Aug. 30 | The Original Killer Flamingos

Old West End Summer Concerts in the Arboretum - Toledo, Ohio

Old West End Music in the Park

When: Select Sundays | 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Arboretum (Old West End, corner of Delaware and Robinwood), Toledo, Ohio 43606

July 8 | The Essentials

July 22 | Polka Floyd

Aug. 12 | Rockys East

Aug. 26 | Zodiac Click

Sept. 9 | Organized K-OS

Ottawa Park Amphitheater Summer Concerts - Toledo, Ohio

Ottawa Park Amphitheater Concert Series

When: Saturdays | July 14-Aug. 18 | 6-8 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Park | 2201 Ottawa Pkwy, Toledo, Ohio 43606

July 14 | The Good, The Bad & The Blues (Blues)

July 21 | Madison Avenue Band (Lots of Favorites)

July 28 | East River Drive (Las Vegas Show Music)

Aug. 4 | Nu-Tones (British Invasion)

Aug. 11 | Not Fast Enuff (Hi Energy Party Band)

Aug. 18 | Boffo (Classic Rock)


Can’t make it to these summer concerts?

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What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo

Rock Cress is a perfect first plant for the novice gardener, as it is cold hardy, drought tolerant, easy to maintain and, of course, pretty. This semi-evergreen perennial plant which produces brightly colored flowers in spring is suitable for a ground cover, rock garden or dangling down a wall or hill side.

Check out this perfect perennial in the landscape of the Arctic Encounter.

 

 

 

 

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