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Archive for November, 2010

It's a very quiet here today. (Photo by Rachel Baker August)

Nothing like the crazy days of summer. (Photo by Pam Cowan)

Today, like yesterday is a mild day so I thought we might have Zoo friends come by for a visit. I was wrong! The Zoo is empty – take a look! What a different sight from the July days with throngs of folks. Come by for a visit and you’ll have the Zoo all to yourself. All the animals are out: The hyenas are active, they came right up to the fence to say “Hi.” Remember, we are closed on Thanksgiving but Friday and the whole weekend would be a good time to come by!

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

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Concrete “footers” for the pool were poured earlier this week. The final shape of the pool is becoming clear and I think the penguins will really love it!

Stay tuned for more details.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

Photos by Larry Sorel

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Nice weather translates into a full parking lot here at the Zoo! (Photo by Larry Sorel)

What happens on a warm holiday in November? Crowds come to the Zoo! It was great to see all the people who had the opportunity to take advantage of the convergence of two events: Warm, sunny weather and a day off from school. More than 1,700 people came to see their favorite animals also enjoying the surprise warmth. Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 13) is also predicted to be a wonderful day so if you missed Thursday, don’t miss Saturday. Or even if you were here, come again!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Students from Pittsford Mendon High School enjoyed a day at the Zoo. (Photo by Pam Cowan)

I had a great day with 60 students from Pittsford Mendon High School. Mr. Martellotta’s AP Statistics class learned how our Zoo makes decisions on which animals to have in our collection and what species to strive for in the broader context of animals in zoos across the country. Maybe some of the students will develop a survey or help design a new interpretive component for all our visitors. I do hope this experience has helped them become positive Zoo ambassadors for the community.

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

Photo by Pam Cowan

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Well, the first thing you do when it is under the pool and you can’t find it: You dig up the pool!

While no one looks forward to having to do this amount of work, we are going to be able to significantly improve both the habitat for the penguins and the visitor experience when we are done. Monroe County is generously supporting this effort to repair the leak AND enhance the penguin’s habitat.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

I am often asked where the penguins are during this renovation. They are staying in their night holding building, which you can see in the background of the photo (to the right), where they are showing no signs of stress from the work happening all around them. The project is expected to be completed by January 2011.

Watch for an announcement when we are done!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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