Archive for April, 2013


Photos by Larry Sorel

IMG_0360 Recently, we acquired several hellbenders as part of a partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Buffalo Zoo.

They are in the aquarium just as you enter the south entrance to the Main Zoo Building, however, they have been hard to see since they like to hide. I finally was able to get a picture of one, so now I know they are REALLY there!

Most of them will be released, hopefully this year, as part of a program to increase their numbers in the wild.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director


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One of the things I enjoy most about the Zoo is the diversity of audiences that visit us. On any given day, as I walk through, I can see the variety of population that is Rochester/Monroe County reflected in our guests. The racial, ethnic, gender, family composition, etc. that is the strength of our area can be seen enjoying a fun and educational day together at any time of the year.

However, we are not satisfied just passively letting this happen. One of the areas we will be actively working at improving upon this year is our attractiveness to populations with physical or mental challenges. By working at being “actively inclusive” we hope to be able to better serve all of our current and future guests in a way that is welcoming and supportive to those with challenges and those without.

So watch for both subtle, and maybe not so subtle, changes to your experience visiting the Zoo as we (Monroe County and the Seneca Park Zoo Society) explore a range of opportunities to further improve a visit to the Zoo. Because after all, we are The Natural Place for Families.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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