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The 2015 Seneca Park Zoo Calendar

At first glance, the Zoo’s 2015 Calendar promises all of the features you would expect from a basic wall calendar – beautiful photos, space to write your engagements and a way to keep track of major holidays. But the 2015 Seneca Park Zoo Calendar has several unexpected benefits that set it apart from those run-of-the-mill calendars.

The Zoo’s Calendar:

  • Includes a coupon insert for special deals on birthday parties, overnights, admission and membership. You also get a coupon good for 25% off at the ZooShop.
  • Shares fun facts about the species highlighted each month as well as conservation messaging engaging thought about these animals in their natural ranges.
  • Lists all of the Zoo’s events, including ZooBrew, Jungle Jog and ZooBoo, so you’ll never miss the fun and excitement the Zoo brings to you and your family.
  • Highlights the stunning photos of our resident animals taken by talented local photographers.
  • Is available at all Greater Rochester Wegmans and the ZooShop for $12.95. Our Zoo members who purchase calendars at the ZooShop receive the member price of $9.95.
  • Is a suitable gift for everyone on your holiday list this year, including colleagues, teachers and children.

Perhaps the most special feature is that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar support the Seneca Park Zoo Society. Chartered as an educational institution in 1957 by New York State, the Seneca Park Zoo Society plays an integral role in supporting Monroe County, the owners and operators of the Zoo. Together, we are working to bring animals back from the brink of extinction.

We’re giving back through conservation efforts both locally and globally, and with this stunning calendar, we make it easy for you to give back, too. Pick up a 2015 Seneca Park Calendar for each of the animal lovers and conservation-minded friends on your list this holiday season.

- Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office and Marketing Assistant

Seize the deal at the Zoo

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Don’t let holiday shopping overwhelm you: The Seneca Park Zoo is here to inspire you with some holiday gift ideas:

Find that perfect something at the ZooShop. Plush animals, adult and children’s apparel, purses, jewelry, books and toys, ornaments and more. Save 15% at checkout when you shop on Black Friday (Nov. 28) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29). Looking for something for Mom? Your little nephew? A coworker? Here are some gift suggestions:

Membership gift certificates: A terrific value that pays for itself in just a few visits. Take $10 off when you purchase through December 31, 2014.

2015 Zoo Calendars: Photos from local photographers, conservation messages about our animals and their wild relatives, marked Zoo events and large squares to record your own important dates – it’s the perfect gift! Available for $12.95 at Wegmans as well as at the ZooShop. SPZ members may purchase for $9.95 at the ZooShop.

ZooParent Adoptions: What do you get the mammal who has everything? Adopt a favorite animal in their name and help support this important animal enrichment program. Adopt a Mexican wolf at any level through December 31, 2014 and receive an adorable plush wolf and gift box.

Buy a Brick: Bricks are a lasting tribute placed in three locations within the Zoo. They can be imprinted with a message, memorial, logo, or to simply honor a friend, family member, employee or pet.

And while you’re at the ZooShop, help local families in need by purchasing a book, clothing item or toy to donate to Toys for Tots. We’ll be collecting items at the ZooShop through December 17, 2014.

With so many creative gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with a gift from the Zoo. Shop Small with us this weekend and support your Zoo!

- Kelli O’Brien, Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator

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Give the gift of the Zoo this holiday

Photo by Hugh Scolton

Photo by Hugh Scolton

Wondering what to get a friend or loved one this year?

Zoo membership gift certificates makes great gifts. Purchase one now through December 31, 2014 and save $10 off the regular rate.

Seneca Park Zoo membership has many benefits, such as free general admission all year and the reciprocal program which offers 50% off admission to more than 170 zoos and aquariums. Check out our new exciting Bonus Benefits program, which allows our Zoo members to receive discounts at area businesses when they show their Seneca Park Zoo membership card.

The current list of participating companies can be found on the Zoo’s Web site, with new participants being added throughout the year. Our newest partner is Liberty Mutual Insurance, which offers a 10% discount on auto insurance and a 5% discount on home and renter’s insurance. What a great deal for our members!

Join or renew today: Call the Member Office at (585) 336-7212 and start taking advantage of your Bonus Benefits.

Happy Holidays!

-  Lisa Buda & LaDonna Court, Membership Coordinators


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Find eclectic art at your Zoo

Photos by Kelli O'Brien

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

The holidays will be here before you know it, and if you are anything like me, thinking of gift ideas for loved ones evokes a little panic. No need to worry! From 7 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, November 8, the Seneca Park Zoo is hosting its annual Animal Art Expo. All year, resident animals, like African elephants, Amur tigers, snow leopards and more, have been hard at work making creative canvasses, which will be available for purchase. To watch some of the artists in action, click here.

Tickets to this 21-and-older fundraiser are $6 for Seneca Park Zoo members and $8 for non-members at the door and benefit the Seneca Park Zoo Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. All proceeds support conservation efforts, keeper development and animal enrichment, like painting! Whether you are in need of a great gift for the animal or art lover in your life, or you are looking for a unique piece to fill a space on your walls, come down. There will be a cash bar, snacks and lots of eclectic and fun art to choose from. We are sure you’ll find that perfect piece!

- Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator

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Lots to do this weekend at the Zoo

Photo by Gretchen Stumme

Photo by Gretchen Stumme

Start your weekend off right with a fantastic Halloween admission special all day Friday (October 31). Enjoy one free youth admission with one paid adult admission! Hours and rates change Saturday (November 1) with the Zoo’s Front Gate opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m. Visitors may stay on Zoo grounds until 4 p.m. Admission prices will be $9 for adults (ages 12 to 62); $8 for seniors (age 63 and older); $6 for youth (ages 3 to 11). Our Zoo members and children 2 and younger are free.

Saturday (November 1) will be a special day for our polar bears, Zero and Aurora. Join us in celebrating their birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rocky Coasts Gallery. Enjoy family-friendly activities, touch table stations and watching the polar bears enjoy their birthday treats. At 2 p.m. we’ll sing “Happy Birthday,” so be sure to head down for the event!

Purchase tickets for Breakfast with Santa online beginning Saturday (November 1.) This unique event gives you and your family the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa in the Rocky Coast Gallery in view of our polar bears and sea lions. Bring your camera for special photos with Santa! Questions? Call (585) 336-7200, ext. 0 for assistance.

The final Go Green! Recycle Rally of the year will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (November 2) in the Zoo’s parking lot. Recycle larger items such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, microwaves and video game systems. The Zoo will also be collecting donations of clothing, shoes and bicycles. For event details, click here.

- Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office and Marketing Assistant

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Last weekend for ZooBoo!

The Zoo’s merry-not-scary Halloween event wraps up this weekend with two days of trick-or-treat fun.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, ZooBoo offers families the opportunity to enjoy costumed characters, special animal enrichment programs and 15 trick-or-treat stations offering candy and trinkets. Tickets for ZooBoo are $8.50 and can be purchased at the Front Gate. Non-members must also pay Zoo admission. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to Health in Harmony, a non-profit organization committed to saving orangutans in their natural ranges.

Check out a photo gallery below (photos by Kelli O’Brien):

- Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office and Marketing Assistant

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ZooBoo continues this weekend

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Have you ever wondered, “How fast can an elephant eat a pumpkin?” Or “Who would win a standoff between a meerkat and an African spurred tortoise when the prize is a delicious Halloween treat?” If you guessed that I won’t tell you, you’re correct! You have to come to ZooBoo and see for yourself.

Animal enrichment is only one delightful aspect of ZooBoo. This merry-not-scary event also features 15 trick-or-treat stations, photo opportunities with costumed characters and the stunning autumn backdrop of the Zoo. Bring the entire family to this spooktacular Halloween event. Each ZooBoo weekend is a great opportunity to snap unique photos of your family enjoying the event. Enter these photos in the ZooBoo Costume Contest on Instagram and you could win a wonderful prize courtesy of your Zoo! See below for details.

ZooBoo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the remaining Saturdays (Oct. 18 and 25) and Sundays (Oct. 19 and 26) in October. Trick-or-treat tickets are $8.50 each and include a bag to carry treats. Non-members must also pay Zoo admission; children age 2 and younger and our Zoo members are free. Animal enrichment programs are included with admission.

We look forward to seeing you and your family this weekend at ZooBoo!

- Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office and Marketing Assistant


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