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