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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

This was a great way to start a very cold day: 1 degree at 6:30 a.m. I got up at 4:15 a.m. to be at the Zoo, in the dark, at 5 a.m. to help with the Channel 10 morning show shoot at the Zoo.

We spent nearly two hours doing various live shots of several of the animals (our white rhinos, snow leopards and South American Exhibit residents) to promote the fact that we are open year round and a great place to visit in the winter. In the photo to the right you can see Channel 10’s Pat McGonigle as he talked about the happenings at the Zoo next to our rhinos, Bill and Roscoe.

While visitors like the Zoo’s warm indoor spaces, some of the best activity time for our cold-climate animals such as snow leopards, Amur tigers and polar bears is right outside. Plus, until Sunday (Feb. 27) the first 100 families receive a FREE Seneca Park Zoo calendar!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Here is a photo of a herd of elephants I saw in Tarangire National Park during our 2008 safari in Tanzania. Wow, what an incredible experience. We waited with great patience as the striking pachyderm walked around our jeep.

As we strive for authenticity in construction design for the A Step Into Africa exhibit, I spent some time looking at various shades of concrete color that would be on the pathway around the Lion Exhibit. We would like it to match the current concrete color in Crater Camp, the area around the Baboon Exhibit and Elephant Watering Hole, but have to always look back at our photos of the real deal! It’s all about the details!

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

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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Progress continues on the penguin pool. “Gunite,” or very dense concrete, is being sprayed onto the frame work which will eventually support the artificial rocks that will transform the exhibit into a replica of the penguins’ rocky South African coastal home!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

 

The next step is to actually carve the gunite into rock shapes, then paint it to look like real rocks and beach. In the photo to the left, you can see a tunnel the penguins will be able to swim through to give them more variety in their home. The entire area is covered and heated right now so work can continue in this cold weather.

 

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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