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Conservation is BIG this weekend at Seneca Park Zoo

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

What is the largest land mammal in the world? If you answered, “elephant” you would be mostly correct; African elephants are larger than the Asian species. Seneca Park Zoo is home to two beautiful African elephants, the only African elephants residing in New York State. Genny C and Lilac have lived at the Zoo for 35 years and as they have gradually migrated from exhibits near the front of the Zoo to a state-of-the-art exhibit at the back of the Zoo, they have remained popular with both visitors and staff. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 as we celebrate Elephant Awareness Day and learn why elephants are considered one of the smartest mammals on earth. Genny C and Lilac, along with zoo keepers, docents and education staff, will spend the day teaching visitors about African elephants and the importance of conservation when it comes to saving this majestic species. We have scheduled a full day of activities meant to inform, entertain and prompt involvement in our visitors. The event is free with Zoo admission.

DSC_8501Schedule of Activities for Elephant Awareness Day:

  • 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Elephant Bath Demonstration – Watch zoo keepers give Genny C and Lilac their daily bath, a necessity in keeping elephant skin healthy.
  • 11 to 11:15 a.m. – Elephant painting – Watch as one of our elephants shows off her artistic ability by producing a painting that a lucky visitor will win! Enter the drawing to win.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Elephant Barn tours – Our state of the art elephant barn does much more than just shelter our elephants.
  • 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Enrichment Demonstration – Watch Genny C and Lilac exhibit some of their learned behaviors and have fun in the process. Our educators will answer your questions.
  • 2 to 2:15 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest – Join in the fun and see if you can eat as much watermelon as an elephant!
  • 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Foot Care Demonstration – Proper foot care in elephants is extremely important. Watch zoo keepers go through the foot care routine.
  • 2:45 to 3 p.m. – Medical Behavior Demonstration – How do you weigh an elephant or give her a shot? Zoo keepers will have Genny C and Lilac demonstrate some of the behaviors they have learned to make a visit from the veterinarian go smoothly.
  • 4 p.m. – Winner of drawing for the elephant painting announced.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Elephant dinner – See just how much elephants eat for dinner.

Don’t forget to stop by the ZooShop and donate to International Elephant Foundation, an organization committed to the conservation of elephants both in their natural ranges and in zoological facilities.

Recycle GraphicsOur Go Green! Recycle Rally will take place in the Zoo’s main parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. Members of the community are invited to bring electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, DVD players, microwaves and gaming systems to be recycled through our partnership with Sunnking Electronics. The Zoo cannot accept air conditioners or hazardous wastes such as paints, solvents and cleaners for recycling. Recycling is free except for batteries, which are $2 per pound to recycle. Locked bins will be available for recycling sensitive documents through Shred-Text. The Zoo will also be collecting donations of clothing, shoes and bicycles to benefit Volunteers of America.

Conservation concerns us all, so come to the Zoo this weekend to get involved with conservation efforts and have a great time in the process! The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Arrive by 4 p.m. and stay until 5 p.m. Our Zoo Members may enter the Zoo at 9:30 a.m.

See YOU at the Zoo.


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Animal birthdays are a blast!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Don’t miss out on any of the birthday fun this Saturday (Sept. 13) as the Zoo celebrates our Bornean orangutans turning another year older!

From 1 to 3 p.m., visit with orangutans Kumang, Denda and Bella and learn about their wild counterparts from our docents, or volunteer educators. You’ll even have a chance to support wild orangutans in their natural ranges by donating to Health in Harmony via our donation box, located next to the Orangutan Exhibit.

At 2 p.m., join in a special Happy Birthday sing-a-long with keepers and staff and watch as our orangutan trio discover birthday enrichment items located in their exhibit. Gather the family and head to the Zoo for a fun and educational bonding experience.

Are you a Zoo member? While you’re here, take advantage of ZooBoo discounted advance tickets at the Zoo’s Front Gate, on sale through Oct. 10. Save $2 per trick-or-treating ticket – these are good for any ZooBoo day!

Coming up next weekend: Elephant Awareness Day (Sept. 20) and Go Green! Recycle Rally (Sept. 21).


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Last ZooBrew of 2014 promises to be wunderbar!

PrintOktoberfest may be a month away for most, but The Wildest Happy Hour in Town, ZooBrew, returns Friday, September 5th to satisfy your Bavarian cravings a bit early! ZooBrew is back and brings autumn brews, local wines and super grill specials. Try a Rohrbach’s Beer Brat with sauerkraut and German potato salad in the Oktoberfest Tent. Enjoy live music at three venues located throughout the Zoo. Bill Schmitt & the Bluesmasters will be featured at the Pavilion; Joe Brucato will be performing at the Tent. As you walk through A Step Into Africa to visit the lions, goats, baboons and elephants, you will enjoy the musical talent of Amy Montrois at the Canteen. Don’t miss this ZooBrew – the last of 2014!

ZooBrew features:

  • $10 admission
  • Five cash bars
  • Three live musical acts
  • Seasonal and local brews and wines
  • Delicious food specials
  • Oktoberfest Tent with more delicious food and drink specials

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Event ends at 9 p.m. The event is restricted to persons 21 and older ONLY with proper identification. Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

Don’t forget to pick up a ZooBrew T-shirt at the ZooShop – supplies are limited on these collectible T’s!

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Head to the Zoo for National Grandparents’ Day! Sunday, September 7th, Seneca Park Zoo will celebrate Grandparents’ Day by offering ONE free grandchild admission with ONE paid grandparent admission all day. In addition, we will be offering encore presentations of some of our most popular Summer Programs, including our spectacular Stage Show. These programs are free with Zoo admission, so take advantage of this last summer hey-day before the leaves start to fall and the alligators go south for the winter!

Grandparents’ Day Program Schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. Otter Experience: A staff member will guide you through this program as you witness the amazing behaviors our otters have learned.
  • 11:30 a.m. Sea Lion Experience: Watch as our sea lions are fed and learn exactly what they eat from an education staff member.
  • 12:30 p.m. Stage Show: This show introduces you to a variety of birds from around the world. You will learn about their habitats, adaptations and conservation issues.
  • 1:30 p.m. Elephant Experience: Watch as our elephants interact with their keepers and display natural behaviors. You will learn all about these magnificent creatures during an educational talk.
  • 2:30 p.m. Stage Show: (See above)
  • 3:30 p.m.  Tiger Experience: Watch as one of our tigers interacts with her trainer and displays natural behaviors.
  • 3:30 p.m. Lion Experience: Watch as our lions interact with their keepers and learn all about them during an educational talk.

See YOU at the Zoo.


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Before they head back to school, bring the kids to the Zoo

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

Give the kids something wild to talk about when they’re asked how their summer was – head to the Zoo this weekend!

Bring your family to the Zoo to experience our unique Summer Programs. These fun and educational experiences end Monday, September 1. Watch daily as sea lions, otters, polar bears and more exhibit natural behaviors from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Does your kid love alligators? Our 1:30 p.m. Alligator Feeding on Monday, Sept. 1 is right up their alley! For a full Summer Program schedule, click here.

Jack CarsonWhat’s happening this fall? Grandparents Day, Elephant Awareness Day, a Go Green! Recycle Rally, animal birthdays, ZooBoo, to name a few!

Looking for unique ways to celebrate a fall birthday? Book your child’s party during the month of September, October or November and receive 10% (members and non-members) off, during our fall special, by using the code FALL10. That’s an additional 10% off for our Zoo members on top of their year-round 10% off discount. Offer only valid for new bookings.


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Zoo Jersey Auction at Frontier Field on Aug. 23

Red-Wings-Alligator-JerseyThe Rochester Red Wings team will look a little wild during their second game against Scranton/WB on Saturday, Aug. 23. They’ll be wearing alligator-themed jerseys that you can bid on during the game!

Join us at Frontier Field for the 7:05 p.m. game (the second game of a doubleheader that evening) and cheer on your local ball team while helping to raise money for the Zoo. All money raised from these cool jerseys benefit your Zoo.

Gather your family and friends and come on out for a night of family fun in Rochester! To purchase tickets, click here.

Photo by Jeff Gerew

Photo by Jeff Gerew

Also taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day will be Snakes and Friends Day. Docent touch table stations around the Zoo highlight unique attributes of reptile and amphibian “friends” along with the important role they each play in the environment.

At 1:30 p.m. learn about your Zoo’s efforts to conserve the endangered massasauga rattlesnake here in New York and pick up a few tips on how we can co-exist amicably with the snakes that share our habitat. This special meet and greet with one of our eastern massasauga rattlesnakes takes place in the grassy area adjacent to the Animal Hospital on the lower east side service road (or inside hospital if raining).

Stations to be featured throughout the day:

  • Snakes (E.C.O. Center): Focuses on the unique features of snakes and how they help control the rodent population.
  • Alligators (Alligator Exhibit): Focuses on our visiting alligators and how they help create a viable ecosystem for other animals.
  • Turtles/Tortoises (African Spurred Tortoise Exhibit): Focuses on our tortoises and highlights why you should not seek one for a pet.
  • Frogs (Main Building): Focuses on frogs, how they serve as an environmental indicator for pollution and health hazards, as well as their role in helping to control the insect population.
  • Lizards (Main Building): Focuses on our gila monsters and how lizards and reptiles can be helpful in developing medicines and cures for ailments

See YOU at the Zoo!


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ZooBrew, meerkats and elephants, oh my!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

ZooBrew, sponsored by Lake Beverage, is this Friday (Aug. 8)! Cost is $10 and includes Zoo admission and live music by Fat City, Neil Van Dorn 3 and Key Dreamers. Adult beverages and food will be available for purchase.

This month’s 21-and-older happy hour will include a Littleneck Clam Bake sponsored by Palmer’s Food Service. Clams may be purchased by the dozen for $7, or as a full dinner with salt potatoes and sweet corn for $9. Check in through Yelp that night and enjoy a special at the ZooShop, too. Parking is extremely limited, so please carpool and always bring a designated driver with you.

We’ll also be celebrating a Meerkat Birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. At 2 p.m., join Zoo staff as we sing happy birthday as their keepers give them special enrichment.

elephantTuesday, Aug. 12th is World Elephant Day and the Zoo will #GoGrey for the occasion! World Elephant Day is a chance to learn about elephants and to spread awareness about the threats they face in the wild.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.

Cost: Free with Zoo admission.

How can you help?

Wear grey and share your “elphies” that day with the hashtag #GoGrey! Click here to print out a #GoGrey Elphie sign. Click here for other ways you can help spread the word.

Schedule of activities for August 12:

All day: Stations – Elephant Drawing/Pledge to Help, Elephant Conservation and Elephant Natural History

1:30 p.m.: Interpretive Program – Elephant Experience

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.: Photo Op at Elephant Watering Hole – we ask that visitors wear grey to show their support!


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Parties at the Zoo start this weekend with an animal birthday

Meerkat bdayThere’s wild animal fun for visitors of all ages during our animal birthday parties. Help Zoo staff sing “Happy Birthday” to our African penguins this Saturday (Aug. 2). Save the date for our Meerkat Birthday next Saturday (Aug. 9) The birthday animals will receive special treats, too! All parties take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the animals’ exhibit. Click here for details.

Through August, the Zoo will be Open Late Tuesdays! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stroll through the Zoo on a summer evening with the family.

Summer in Rochester isn’t complete without attending the wildest happy hour in town, ZooBrew. You won’t want to miss this 21-and-older night out with friends and, of course, with our animals! Join us from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. This month’s ZooBrew will also include a Littleneck Clam Bake sponsored by Palmer’s Food Services, at the Tent near our Amur Tiger Exhibit. Clams will be available for purchase by the dozen or as a full dozen (prices TBD).

Cost is $10 and includes admission to the Zoo as well as live music. Adult beverages and food available for purchase. Music schedule for Aug. 8 is: At the Pavilion: Fat City; At the Canteen: Neil Van Dorn; At the Tent: Key Dreamers

Please note: Parking for this event is extremely limited. Please carpool and bring a designated driver. No children will be allowed to enter the Zoo for this event. Front Gate closes at 8 p.m.

See YOU at the Zoo.

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