Description
The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, an AZA-accredited facility since 2009, is currently offering Education Internships for the 2014 summer semester.  The Zoo currently houses approximately 160 specimens representing over 50 species of animals.  Education Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various types of programs used to educate the public about the natural world in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are unpaid.
 
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Assist with and/or teach Living Learning Lab, an indoor/outdoor curriculum-based program focusing on the 3rd grade
  • Prepare for upcoming Living Learning Lab programs
  • Learn and practice proper live animal handling techniques
  • Use provided biofacts in presentations
  • Assist in outreach programs
  • Complete daily paperwork
  • Research education information and update as necessary
  • Other tasks as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a college or university; or a recent graduate of a college or university
  • Work may be outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift and carry objects up to and exceeding 50 lbs
  • Must have good public speaking ability
  • Must have working knowledge of basic computer programs
  • Must be able to stand, sit, squat, bend, jump, reach, run, and lift items
  • Ability to work around live animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates
  • Ability to work with teens, children, and adults
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Basic knowledge of Michigan educational standards desired
  • Creative thinking strongly desired

Time Commitment

  • Internships are part-time 
  • Days and hours of work will be determined upon hiring 
  • Internships run May through August
  • Please notify us if Internship is qualifying for school credit

Contact Information

Please send resume with cover letter stating position applying for to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

ATTN: Education Department

1730 S. Washington Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

Fax: (989) 759-1408

email: info@saginawzoo.com (Include "Education Internship" in subject line)

No phone calls please

zooletidewreaths

 

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. 

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

 

 

 

Description

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


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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Family

  • Equidae

Lifespan

  • Up to possibly 47 years old

Size

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

Habitat

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

Diet

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

Reproduction

  • 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

Sources

  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