ZOOletide Wreaths are a fun, festive fundraising event here at the Children's Zoo! The Zoo purchases 40 faux-evergreen wreaths to pass out to members in our community who volunteer their time and resources into making fabulous creations! The wreaths are then returned to the Zoo, where they are then on display for the public to view during Holiday's in the Heart of the City. You never know what to expect with these hanging concoctions--themes range from your traditional holiday, to bright monsters, to animals, to books! 


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The fun doesn't stop there! Visitors will be able to purchase tickets to be entered for a chance to win their favorite wreath(s)! Tickets are 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Proceeds from this event go towards keeping the Zoo animals warm and cozy all winter long. 


 For more information on Holidays in the Heart of the City, please visit our calendar.


ZOOletide Wreaths
ZOOletide wreaths are a great way to get involved in the community and the zoo!  Wreaths are hand-decorated by zoo staff, volunteers, and community members!  Until Saturday, December 8th, visitors can purchase entries for a chance to win their favorite wreath!  All proceeds generated by the ZOOletide wreaths help support the Zoo!  If you're interested in decorating a wreath, click here for more information.  Below are some pictures of past wreaths!



Enrichment Tree
Looking for a way to give back this Holiday Season?  The animals would love to see some presents under the tree this year!  Stop by the Zoo Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm to choose from select items the animals love to play with, or click here to view their wish list!  Donations may be dropped off anytime between 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday.  The animals will thank you as they receive their special gifts on Christmas morning!

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  • Equidae


  • Up to possibly 47 years old


  • Height: Over 36” but under 48” at the withers (shoulder)
  • Weight: 300-600 pounds


  • Donkeys evolved in a desert habitat but have been domesticated for over 2000 years


  • In the wild: Grasses and other plant matter
  • At the zoo: Hay


  • Females mature at around 3 years of age.
  • Gestation lasts between 11 and 13 months after which a single foal is born.
  • Foals are walking within 30 minutes of birth
  • They will be weaned at 5 or 6 months old.

Special adaptations

  • Donkeys have larger ears than horses, which help to cool them – an adaptation to living in warm weather
  • Donkeys have very powerful bites and kicks which they will use in defense
  • Donkeys have loud vocalizations which help them to keep in contact with each other, even over long distances

Interesting facts

  • Donkeys have a soothing effect on other livestock animals. They are often kept with young, nervous, injured or recovering animals to help soothe them.
  • Dun (gray) is the most common color of donkeys, although other colors and patterns are present in domestic breeds
  • Donkeys were historically used as pack animals to carry heavy loads over long distances. They were more desirable than horses since they are smaller in size, hardier, and can subsist on poorer quality of food while still being able to carry substantial weight
  • Modern uses for donkeys include transport and being kept as pets
  • Captive donkeys are commonly under threat of being overweight, since the quality of food likely to be fed is higher than the food they would have encountered in the wild (more calories per food item), along with decreased levels of activity

Conservation status

  • CITES –Not Listed
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated


  1. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed January 2016. http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Equus_asinus/
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328647/overview
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search




The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, an AZA-accredited facility since 2009, is currently offering Animal Collections Internships for the 2013-2014 Winter semester.  The Zoo currently houses approximately 160 specimens representing over 50 species of animals.  Animal Collections Internships offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and understanding of what it takes to maintain a vibrant animal collection in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are unpaid.


Characteristic Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Zoo's Keeper staff to gain hands-on experience working with various animals in the Zoo's collection.
  • Provide food, water, and appropriate enrichment.
  • Clean and disinfect enclosures.
  • Observe animal procedures.
  • Participate in educational programs.
  • Participate in Special Event assignments.
  • Complete daily paperwork.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Work may be outdoor and in all weather conditions.  Must have ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to and exceeding 50 pounds.  Must be able to bend, squat, lift, walk, run, work in tight spaces and/or unusual working conditions.  Must have ability to follow written and verbal instructions.  Must be able to adapt to quickly changing environment.  Must have ability to remain calm in potentially stressful situations. Internships run January through May.

Contact Information

Please submit resume and cover letter stating position to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

ATTN: Animal Collection Department

1730 S. Washington Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

Fax: (989) 759-1328

email: megan@saginawzoo.com

No phone calls please

Capra hircus Alpine Goat


  • Bovidae


  • 15-18 years
  • 20+ years not uncommon


  • Height at shoulder: Males- 34-40 inches. Females- At least 30 inches.
  • Weight: Males- At least 170 pounds. Females- At least 135 pounds


  • Alpine goats were bred in the European Alps mountain range, especially France
  • Because they are domesticated, alpine goats can be found most places there are humans.


  • Mountainous grasslands, shrub lands, and plateaus


  • In the wild: Grasses, herbs, lichens, and other plant matter
  • at the zoo: Mazuri goat chow and hay


  • Twins are typically born, single and triple births being the next common.goat a face 1
  • Gestation lasts about 150 days (about 4 ½ months).

Special adaptations

  • Goats have horizontal slit pupils which increase their peripheral depth perception
  • Alpines have excellent balance, which aid them in climbing along their rocky native lands
  • Goats are able to climb nearly vertical cliff faces
  • Alpines are one of the hardiest and easily adaptable breeds, making them a favorite among goat breeders

Interesting facts

  • Goats are thought to be one of the first animals domesticated by man, some 9,000 years ago.
  • The alpine breed are excellent milk-producing goats
  • Their playful nature can be seen as Bandit and Buttons, our 2 Alpine goats, chase each other around their yard and butt heads – a common form of play and dominance displayed in goats
  • The Alpine breed has no determined color and can be found in white, bay, brown, fawn, red, saffron, and caramel.
  • Males typically have a pronounced beard as well as a patch of raised hair along their neck.
  • Goats are highly curious and easily trainable.
  • Males and females of this breed can produce horns.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix III
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated


  1. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed January 2016. http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Capra_hircus/
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328660/details
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

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