Want to observe a python feeding time?

Perhaps that’s a bit much for you, but how about watching a polar bear bob for frozen apples – does that sounds better?

Photo by Marie Kraus

Photo by Marie Kraus

What about experiencing a baby orangutan swinging at the top her enclosure enjoying a giant frozen Popsicle? Maybe that’s more your speed.

Guess what? It doesn’t matter what you prefer, because you’re sure to find it here this summer. Every day through Labor Day we present summer interpretive programs at the Zoo and these unique demonstrations allow you to experience the animals like never before.

So what exactly are these summer interpretive programs I’ve been rattling on about? Summer Programs are feedings, training sessions or enrichment demonstrations. These programs are your chance to watch the animals explore their exhibits while members of our Education staff explain what you’re seeing.

During the program, you’ll learn the names and personalities of the specific animals we have here, how their distant cousins live in the wild and about what you can do to assist with the species’ conservation needs.

You can even play the part of a detective at the Zoo! Come and use your best sleuthing skills to help our Education staff crack a mysterious case at The Animal Stage Show this summer. Perhaps you’re more interested in what happens behind the scenes. If so, we offer a program for that too! Every Tuesday evening during Open Late Tuesdays, we present a different Keeper Talk. Zoo keepers are so busy each day we rarely have a chance to hear from them. Keeper Talks offer you the perfect opportunity to speak with the zoo keepers who interact with the animals on a daily basis.

Now you may be asking yourself, what do I have to do to catch a glimpse of one of these programs? Lucky for you, it’s easy. Just come to the Zoo! Our Summer Program schedule can be found here.

All you have to do is show up at the exhibit at the scheduled time and an educator will be there eagerly waiting to guide you through the animal experience. All you have to do it sit back and enjoy. From our Tortoise Feeding to our Elephant Experience, there is something for everyone! You may come just to watch your favorites but I’ll bet you an ice cream sandwich you’ll leave discovering far more favorites along the way.

- Angela Prodrick, Lead Interpreter

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Head to Pet Supplies Plus this Saturday!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

From 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (July 19) the ZooMobile will visit Pet Supplies Plus in Fairport as a way to celebrate a partnership to help our Education Animal Collection. Pet Supplies Plus generously donated four domestic rats and a new enclosure to the Education Animal Collection. The rats named Lily, Aster, Rose, and Tulip can be seen all summer long in the Zoo’s Stage Show.

The Zoo offered to send a ZooMobile as a thank you, and in response, Pet Supplies Plus offered to run a donation event for the Zoo! For the entire month of July, you can make a donation at their checkout. All the money goes to purchase items for our Education Animal Collection.

So come on out and meet some of our animals, see all the goodies Pet Supplies Plus can provide for your pets and also help the Education Animal Collection.

Pet Supplies Plus is located at 585 Moseley Road in Fairport. We hope to see you there!

- Kenny Nelson, Interpretation Coordinator


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Do your part. Plant a butterfly garden!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Our Outreach Coordinator has some exciting news about Monarch butterflies!

Watch this video to learn more.

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Interning at the Zoo: “A truly rewarding experience”

During the spring, all of us involved with the ZooTeen Leaders program were lucky to have Kyleigh Schoenweitz as our intern. The program is a year-long opportunity for teens to learn through activities focusing on conservation issues, local and global environmental issues, communication skills and career development.

Below is Kyleigh’s post after her culminating presentation to the ZooTeen Leaders. You can see a copy of her final presentation on creating a wildlife garden at your home here.

- Anneke Nordmark, Youth and School Groups Program Coordinator

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Photo provided

Being an intern at the Seneca Park Zoo was truly a rewarding experience. My job was to do the ice breakers or warm ups at every meeting, be there to help out when I was needed and in the end I had to make my own lesson to teach. My dream is to work somewhere like a zoo or something close to it. Being an intern in a program like this is not only fun but it gets me one step closer to the top of the ladder to my career. I made new friends, had new experiences and so much more.

When I first found out that I had an opportunity to become an intern I was excited but also a little hesitant. I was never the one to run up first to do public speaking projects at school because I hated talking in front of groups and this internship required me to do so. I decided to get over that hesitation and jump into it head first and I am so glad I did. It has built my confidence up so much to be a part of this. In the beginning I was nervous, unorganized in my thoughts and I didn’t really know how to give directions to a large group and have them listen to it. As the program progressed it got easier and easier to do these ice breakers or anything for that matter in front of a large group and now I can do it almost with ease as long as I practice a little and plan it out on a paper which were more skills I learned during this.

My final lesson was probably the scariest part of the whole internship. Even though I built my confidence up it was still such a new thing to me. I did my lesson on wildlife gardens and their importance. At first I was nervous because I had to teach completely independently without anyone else but me and the group in the room and I wasn’t used to this but after I started teaching the confidence came back and I started being okay with teaching it. It went really great and everyone seemed interested in it.

This internship was definitely something worth doing. Both Anneke and Julie made it easy and fun for me. I got good tips on how to better myself in skills that I lacked like organization or confidence for example. I loved the setting and I got so much out of it. I’m truly thankful for the opportunity that I had because if I had not done it I don’t know what I would be doing differently than what I had learned. This has even helped me get better in college as this past year was my freshman year and I used skills I learned at the Zoo in things at school. I made amazing friends while I was there and to me it was awesome that I was trusted to do the things that I did independently it made me feel like a part of the Zoo. Like I said in the beginning of this post, this internship was one of the most rewarding things that I’ve done. A big huge thank you to Anneke for not only giving me this amazing opportunity but also helping me better myself and giving me someone to talk to, I’m seriously thankful for it. I could go on and on and on about so many different things about my internship but I will leave it at that.

- Kyleigh Schoenweitz, intern

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ZooCamp is selling out fast!

This week we welcomed our littlest campers to ZooCamp – 3- and 4-year-olds! We have filled our days with songs, crafts, stories, animal visitors, playing indoors and outdoors and investigating the Zoo. It was so much fun.

Our preschool camps are currently sold out but we do still have a few openings in our school-aged camps (for ages 5 to 12) which begin July 7 but spaces are extremely limited. More than half of our camps are currently sold out so if you are thinking of registering your child for camp, be sure to call us as soon as possible. We can’t wait to see you at camp!

To register for camp, please call us at (585) 336-7213 for the latest availability.

- Emily Coon-Frisch, Manager of Program Development

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It’s amazing how far pennies, nickels and dimes can go!

The fifth-grade student leaders at the Harris Hill Elementary school decided to fundraise for charity. After collecting change from their fellow students over several months, the team raised more than $1,500! The student leaders surveyed their fellow students to see what they would like to support with their funds and animals and the environment came out on top.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

That’s when they decided to call the Seneca Park Zoo Education Department. We went to the fifth-grade leaders’ meeting to share about the organizations we raise money Health In Harmony and the International Elephant Foundation, as well as how to best choose a charitable organization to help. After considering the organization’s mission, programs and annual report, students decided to donate their money to Health In Harmony.

This month, the Seneca Park Zoo proudly accepted Harris Hill Elementary’s donation on behalf of Health In Harmony. 100% of the students’ fundraising proceeds will go to this amazing organization

- Anneke Nordmark, Youth + School Group Program Coordinator

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Summer Programs take flight May 24!

Summer Programs take flight this Saturday (May 24)!

Our Interpretation Coordinator Kenny Nelson shares his excitement with his pal Minnow in the video here.

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