On International Penguin Day, January 20th the Saginaw Children’s Zoo had their own tiny celebration – the hatching of an African penguin chick! It has taken several years of careful planning, many science-guided decisions, and plenty of patience to successfully welcome this new arrival.
The chick hatched early Sunday morning and is healthy and strong. Due to round-the-clock care and near constant feeding from its parents, Petey (mom) and Robben (dad), the chick more than tripled in size in just over a week. Gender determination of young birds, especially penguins, is difficult without a DNA sample to be sent for testing. The DNA results determined the penguin chick is a girl!
That’s a question guests pose often to Zoo staff when they see items they’re not expecting to see in an exhibit, such as a paper bag or cardboard box. While sometimes items do unintentionally find their ways into animal exhibits, the far more likely answer is “no, that is enrichment.”
Just as good nutrition is important for humans, it is essential to the health of our animals. The animals in our collection come from different habitats and geographic locations, have different adaptations, and they eat different things. What they all have in common is that they have a dedicated staff caring for them that works to give them the best care possible, including their diets! Here’s a closer look at how we feed all of our animals and everything that goes into their nutrition.
Our Adopt-An-Animal program at the Zoo benefits everyone! You can symbolically adopt any of the animals that we have here, and the proceeds support animal care, conservation, and education programs. It’s a fun and engaging way to get involved at the Zoo and to learn more about some of you favorite animals!
Recycling is an easy way to help animals and the environment from your own home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines recycling as, “the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.”
If you’ve been to the Zoo this season, you’ve likely noticed some improvements and new friends in our Outback Yard. We still have our three Eastern Gray kangaroos- Harley, Andre, and Nigel. We also have our emu, Penelope in with them! We’re so excited to debut our three new, male Bennett’s wallabies this season as well. If you’ve been lucky you might’ve spotted the most recent addition – a sulcata tortoise! What was once two separate yards for kangaroos and emu, has now become an expanded Outback yard with four different species! Have you ever wondered how zoos are able to have mixed-species exhibits (exhibits with multiple different types of animals!) or what all goes into setting them up? Well, here’s a sneak-peak at some of the things that your Zoo has done to get these new animal friends happy and healthy on exhibit for you to see and learn about!
A. The American Association of Zookeepers celebrates National Zookeeper Week every year. The mission of AAZK is “to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.”
Our Zoo is dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences for all. We have lots of fun events at the Zoo in order to help make your visit unique and engaging. Here’s a look at some upcoming events happening at the Zoo for the month of July!