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Archive for May, 2011

Well, you could wait for lava to erupt through the earth’s crust, let it harden then weather over millions of years, or build them out of steel and concrete.

Here at the Zoo we only have a limited amount of time to make our rocks AND we want them in certain places. So we hire skilled craftsmen to build them, carve them into the right shape and paint them. The magic is, when we are done, you will not be able to tell the difference between real and artificial rock, with the bonus that they are right where we want them to create a feeling of being in Africa, as well as, making the right environment for the lions.

Photos by Larry Sorel

What you are seeing is the first stage of the process where rebar and steel mesh are bent to form the initial shape of the rocks;  gunite (very dense concrete) is sprayed over this structure later. The final step is one more coat of concrete that is hand carved and colored to give the final effect.

This summer you can watch this process from the overlook near the polar bears, while still catching a glimpse of the elephants and baboons.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Larry Sorel

One of the greatest experiences to be had at the Zoo is getting up close and personal with the animals. How does it feel to be literally three inches from an 1,100-pound polar bear? Well, I think it is pretty amazing. This kind of interaction helps inspire both young and old to better appreciate the natural world and all that it represents.

There is only one experience that is better –  seeing the animals in their own native environment. Unfortunately, most people will not be able to do so with most of the wildlife in the world. That is the true, best value of zoos; bringing people into close proximity with animals from around the world to, hopefully, inspire greater stewardship of their habitats. And not risk being lunch!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Larry Sorel

What a beautiful Mother’s Day it was this year. The rhinos and all of the other animals were enjoying the perfect spring weather and the community seemed to think visiting the Zoo was a great way to spend the day.

The Zoo was busy all day; the animals were active (although you couldn’t tell from this picture of the rhinos) while the flowers, shrubs and trees were bursting at the seams trying to present their best spring look. Spring is a great time of year to visit and see everything bright, new and fresh!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Tom Drew

From first-hand experience, I know the human species may suffer for the lack of sunshine (vitamin D) but how about our animal collection? Two that I see that don’t seem to be suffering are Lou and Drek, our two spotted hyenas.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

With their new diet, training and continued enrichment provided by our dedicated zoo keepers, they are more active than I have seen them during the 10 years I’ve walked by their exhibit! Stop down at their exhibit and say hello the next time you are here.

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

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