We’re “spring”-ing into action at the Zoo

While it seems no one to told Mother Nature, Spring Break 2013 has arrived. We are busy here at the Zoo getting ready for the nice weather (which will hopefully come soon)!

Some of the preparations have included improvements to our Dig Zone in A Step Into Africa. Over the winter, I have been making some new fossil casts of prehistoric inhabitants of Olduvai Gorge. New things that kids young and old will be able to unearth this year include several bones from two different species of extinct elephant, a skull and neck from a giraffe, and, my favorite, the over 8-foot-long monitor lizard skeleton – plus a lot more!

As you can see from the pictures, a lot of work goes into this. From hand-making the fossils out of concrete (the only material that would survive our Rochester winters!), painting them with just the right detail, to moving all of that gravel in order to install the fossils, great care is taken to ensure that our visitors will have a fun and exciting time pretending to be paleontologists during their visit.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the Zoo, and especially to seeing all the little budding paleontologists discovering the amazing ancient African animals hidden in our Dig Zone.

- Tina Crandall-Gommel, Youth and School Group Programs Coordinator

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