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Archive for June, 2010

A 15-year-old sturgeon that was found in Cayuga Lake.

I just got a glimpse of the future of our sturgeon reintroduction program. Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Director of Animal Health and Conservation, sent me this photo of a 15-year-old sturgeon from Cayuga Lake. We are working with the USGS (United States Geological Services) on reintroducing sturgeon to the Genesee River. Our program is only about six years old, but is proving to be very successful with healthy sturgeon migrating down river towards Lake Ontario. Perhaps in about 20 years we will see fish more than twice this size coming back up the river to spawn. What a sight that will be!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Anna, our cougar, enjoys the morning sun.

This is one of the benefits I have working at the Zoo. I get to see things like Anna, our cougar, enjoying the early morning sun. As a member, you can share the same opportunity by taking advantage of the early admission (9:30 a.m. for members) feature of your membership!

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– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Guests sang "Happy Birthday" to our sea lions, Flounder and Puff.

I had the opportunity to work this past weekend as the on-site supervisor at the Zoo. It was great to see all the activities come to life that we spend many hours in meetings planning! The entire Zoo seemed to be alive with activity, from the scheduled programs to the unplanned “Let’s see the bee, Daddy!” exclamation I heard down at the elephant exhibit. I even got to enjoy the sea lion birthday party, where Puff and Flounder enjoyed live trout and other fishy treats. The weather was perfect and everyone was having a great time!

– Larry Sorel,  County Zoo Director

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Zoobilation, our gala fundraiser is this Saturday, June 5. We are closed to general visitors that day in order to keep everyone safe and provide a good experience. Tents, tables and chairs are being set up with trucks driving in and out of the facility – just too much set up to provide an educational, exciting adventure here at the Zoo. But please come see us on Sunday (June 6) for a full array of exhibit programs and stage shows. The shows started last weekend and we did have some technical difficulties with the sound system. Believe me, those problems are being worked on and we, as much as you, want to have a clearly communicated educational presentation. Come on out and give me some feedback after watching our shows. Thanks!

Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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