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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

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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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!


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  • You can also adopt” one of the Zoo’s magnificent polar bears!

 

 

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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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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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Become a Part of Toledo’s History

We’re creating a photo collection to preserve the history of Toledo/Lucas County and we need your help! We are looking for pictures depicting scenes from Toledo and Lucas County or of residents out in the wider world. We would love to include your vacation photos in the Smoky Mountains from the 80s, snapshots from your 4th of July picnic, Instagram selfies from Jeepfest, or your hundred year old historical photographs; absolutely anything so long as it is about Toledo/Lucas County or its residents.

Community Photo Album Details

Up to five images can be contributed at a time, and we ask that you provide a little context for the image, as much of the “who, what, when, and where” as possible. For digital photographs there is a short online form to submit to the Community Photo Album. If you have physical photographs you would like to submit to the collection, there is a PDF form that can be filled out (be sure to download it to your computer before filling it out, your progress won’t be able to be saved if you fill it out in a web browser), and either mailed in to the library along with the photographs, or you can drop the form and the photos off to a TLCPL branch library who will take care of sending them along. Staff at the branch libraries can also help you fill these forms out if you have any questions. For physical photographs, we’ll be careful to take good care of them and then mail them back to you at no cost.

Rebecca Louise Law: Community display from The Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio

The image above shows the gorgeous flowers on display at the “Community” art installation at the Toledo Museum of Art and you’ll find more examples from the collection below. The first image is a tintype portrait of a young woman; the original photograph was quite tiny, less than an inch high. The second image is a snapshot from the 1960s showing flooding along a residential street in western Toledo. The third image was taken in late 2018 at the Momentum festival held at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo.

Full collection of images in the Community Photo Album

A Sampling from the Community Photo Album

 Louise Emma Bollman Rippel [approximately 1895]
Louise Emma Bollman Rippel, approximately 1895
 Flooding on Portsmouth Street, May 1966
Flooding on Portsmouth Street, May 1966
 A Giant Inflatable Sculpture at the Momentum festival at Promenade Park on September 15, 2018
Momentum festival, September 15, 2018

Form to Submit Digital Images

Form to Submit Physical Photographs

 

Originally posted by John D. on ToledoLibrary.org/blog/become-a-part-of-toledos-history

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