Archive for April, 2011

We are excited to have received a new male orangutan as part of the recommendations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP).

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Denda (pronounced Den-dah) came from the Brookfield Zoo, just outside of Chicago, Illinois. He arrived on Friday, April 29 after a nonstop truck ride. Zoo staff traveled to Chicago and spent several days getting to know Denda; they also participated in the physical exam he was given at Brookfield before he left. In addition, his primary keeper from Brookfield will spend a few days here helping Denda transition to his new home.

After spending some time separated from our two females which will allow him time to adjust, we will begin the process of introducing him to his new family! We look forward to Denda spending many years here at the Seneca Park Zoo.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director


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It’s Spring Break, but you wouldn’t know it by the weather! However, we are still doing some wonderful activities at the Zoo and it is still a great place to visit any time. One of the more interesting happenings (in addition to all the animals) are the stations set up and manned by our docents.

Photo by Kelli OBrien

Photo by Kelli OBrien

On any given day all year, but even more during Spring Break and in our busy season, our Docent team is out talking to people about our animals and showing all kinds of interesting articles related to their behavior, body type and adaptions to their environment. Shown above are several of our docents in the Rocky Coasts Gallery this week talking to visitors who ventured out.

Don’t miss this kind of activity at the Zoo, there is still time and Friday is supposed to be the best day of the week. I hope to see you out here!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Exam time!

Photo by Larry Sorel

Today our male black-and-white-ruffed lemur received a physical examination.

Robin English, Hospital Keeper, and Dr. Jeff Wyatt gave our male lemur a thorough “once over” to determine his overall health condition. He has recently been reported to be sitting with his tongue sticking out of his mouth, so the opportunity was taken to examine him for that condition, as well as give him an overall check up. Nothing extraordinary was found initially, but since he is an older animal, blood and other samples were taken for follow-up analysis.

Like all our animals, and especially our older ones, we keep careful tabs on their health so we can provide the special attention necessary to insure a good quality of life while they are in our care. Annual exams, other preventive care and attention to any acute issues are all part of our veterinary program. It is reassuring to know that we have such a talented and caring veterinary staff here at the Zoo watching over our animals!

Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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This will be the sign visitors will see upon entering A Step Into Africa.

Yesterday was a great day to break ground on our final phase of A Step Into Africa. The sun was shining and so many friends came out to see the transformation that is already taking place.

Photo by Pam Cowan

The most important announcement was that the Riedman Family pledged another $500,000 to this phase, making a total investment of $1 million to the Zoo. Thank you Riedman Family!

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

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While work progresses on the new Lion Exhibit, we still are providing an enriching experience for our elephants. Our “girls” are walked whenever it is safe and feasible. With the cooperation of everyone involved in the construction, we have been able to allow the elephants to stretch their legs, inspect progress on the exhibit and visit the other animals in the Zoo before we open in the morning, as you can see in the photos below:

Photos by Larry Sorel

We have a well-defined protocol for making this happen. Thanks goes out from the elephants to our construction managers, The Pike Company, and all the contractors on site for their patience and cooperation.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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