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Winter wonderland at the Zoo

I know this has been a long, cold snowy winter and we have been spoiled by several years of mild winters. However, we do live in Rochester where it is cold and snowy in the winter.

Photos by Larry Sorel

I was struck this morning in particular by how beautiful the Zoo is in the winter covered in a fresh snowfall. While I know this also means work cleaning up, I would encourage all of you to take a moment to just appreciate what the Zoo looks like at this time. Spring is on the way, but in the meantime, enjoy the season!

- Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

Don’t wait…we have so many giveaways, you don’t want to miss any!

The Zoo staff is busy preparing for your adorable trick -or-treaters; come join in the hunt for goodies. Our walkways and exhibits looks great…even the funny display in the Animal Hospital!

For details on ZooBoo, click here

- Rachel Baker August, Executive Director for the Seneca Park Zoo Society

Photo by Rachel Baker August

Photo by Rachel Baker August

Yes, it’s a monkey formed with a moss covering and a variety of succulents, sedum, hens and chickens and jade plants. Throughout the Zoo, there is such an abundance of unique floral displays, photographs, cuttings – you don’t want to miss this animal-themed show! The Rochester Garden Club and all the contestants outdid themselves.

Join us from 3 to 5 p.m. today (September 19) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, September 20.

- Rachal Baker August, Executive Director for the Seneca Park Zoo Society

Working with elephants

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

We at the Seneca Park Zoo are constantly reviewing our animal care practices to insure we are providing the best care possible in all ways to the animals entrusted to us. We consistently build on already high standards to take them even higher. Of particular importance to us is our behavioral management training. We ask our animals to voluntarily perform many behaviors that contribute to their health and care, thus reducing risk and stress for both staff and animal as much possible.

In the photo above, you see some of our elephant care staff, Elephant Manager Lindsay Bronson and Elephant Handler Jenna Bovee, asking Lilac to position herself for her daily bath. Lilac has come to appreciate the positive rewards, both the food and the attention, associated with this event. This is just one example of the many ways we allow our animals to voluntarily participate in their daily care. Click here to watch a video of our staff working with Lilac.

- Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

What a busy day!

Approximately 38 Lowe’s employees, including some of their kids, took time off today to improve the Zoo!

Representing the Brockport, Greece, Henrietta, Macedon and Webster stores, they are getting our “to do” list done! New bricks and base at Eagle’s Landing, new signage boards, new storage sheds, new shingles, painting and much more. All products and time are donated.

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

Lowe’s, thank you so much for making the Zoo shine and helping us be more organized and efficient as we go about doing our daily Zoo jobs.

- Rachel Baker August, Executive Director for the Seneca Park Zoo Society

A sea lion swim lesson

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

When I walk through the Zoo to check on how the day is going I have to be prepared for most anything.

Today while in the Rocky Coasts Gallery, I had the opportunity to catch our young sea lion pup getting one of his swimming lessons. While I struggled to get out my phone to record the event, Mom was busy helping her son swim and showing him how to get out of the pool.

An essential part of any lesson! Click here to watch the video.

- Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

Photo by Rachel Baker August

Photo by Rachel Baker August

Our campers were being creative with inside craft projects and exploration today but they were prepared for the elements.

I thought this photo of all their umbrellas was indicative of the day!

- Rachel Baker August, Executive Director for the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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