Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
On Thursday, February 23, Buffalo Zoo staff bid farewell to Clover, who was born at the Zoo in 2008. Animal keepers named her “Clover” in honor of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
Clover was safely transported to African Lion Safari where one of her keepers from the Buffalo Zoo will also help participate in her care for the next several days to ease the transition to her new home.
Clover’s mother, Tashi, took excellent care of her young one, who was the second Indian rhinoceros to be born at the Buffalo Zoo. Clover’s sister, Ashakiran was born on September 15, 2004 and now resides at the Toronto Zoo. Clover will be paired with a male rhino at the African Lion Safari in hopes that they will breed and continue to help secure the species’ future.
The breeding of Tashi and Henry, Clover and Ashakiran’s father, was recommended as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is designed to help a species maintain a healthy and stable captive population. Before a breeding recommendation is even made, the SSP traces genetic lines of each animal and looks to see if there will be room for another rhino in an accredited facility. These efforts are made to prevent inbreeding and overcrowding at accredited zoos.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Join special guest, Bekah Starr, a yoga instructor with Sproutin’ Yoga, to let your imagination and body run wild! Through interactive games, animal observations, animated postures and basic yoga principles, we will enjoy a unique opportunity to foster creativity, focus and movement while learning more about the animals at the Buffalo Zoo. (Please note that these sessions are designed for adults with children, ages 9-23 months old.)
There are a total of eight sessions, which each run from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Sessions take place on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 20 and 27. The price (which includes all eight sessions) is $80 per adult/child pair.
Pre-paid registration and pre-payment are required. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel, and be ready to have fun!
For more information on registering for the program, please call (716) 995-6128 or visit www.buffalozoo.org.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Toby was being treated with anti-inflammatory medications for age-related degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive osteoarthritis. Last year, he was taken off the multi-level terrain of his public exhibit and moved to an off exhibit area to keep him more comfortable on an even surface with a pool to provide relief for his joints. As his condition worsened, the difficult decision to euthanize him was made.
The largest subspecies of brown bear, the Kodiak bear is found on islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska. Currently, the Kodiak bear population is stable. However, with increasing human populations brown bear habitats are often adversely affected in many areas. (Grizzly bears, for example--another subspecies of the brown bear family--are listed as a threatened species in the United States.)
Estimated to have been born in 1990, Toby was placed at the Olympic Game Farm in Washington State. He was later transferred to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in Montana in August 1993 where he was housed with Fred, a grizzly bear.
Toby and Fred both came to the Buffalo Zoo in 2002 so that the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center would have room to house four “nuisance” bears including a mother and cubs. Brown bears that reside at accredited zoos are considered to be a rescue population. If they breed in captivity, this prevents orphaned or nuisance brown bears from being rescued in the wild since there would be no space for them in zoos.
While bears are typically solitary in nature, Toby and Fred had become used to being around one another. At the Buffalo Zoo, Toby and Fred resided in the same exhibit and delighted visitors, who loved watching them play together in their pool. Fred was euthanized in 2010 after age-related neurological changes resulted in paralysis.
Although not part of the Buffalo Zoo’s long-term collection plan, the Kodiak and grizzly bears helped educate the public about their species by serving as conservation ambassadors. The Buffalo Zoo also exhibits polar bears and Andean (spectacled) bears.
When the Zoo’s master plan was revised in 2004, the Zoo made the decision not to acquire any younger bears until a new state-of-the art polar bear facility, currently in design, is completed. The only exception made to this decision was allowing three young grizzly bears to temporarily reside at the Zoo while Utah’s Hogle Zoo completes its new bear exhibit. The young bears will be transferred to the Hogle Zoo in Spring 2012.
The Buffalo Zoo’s remaining bears are all at the end of their lifespan (generally 20-25 years) with the exception of Anana, the Zoo’s 11-year-old female polar bear, who will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit. Anana’s mate, Nanuq, who is 24 years old, was acquired on breeding loan from Madison, Wisconsin in 2009.
Four Andean (also called spectacled) bears also reside at the Buffalo Zoo: Mischief, age 16; Bernard, age 21; Fernando, age 25; and Diana, age 33. Diana ranks as the oldest of her species in a North American zoo and has developed some age-associated changes, including arthritis and some hair loss.
“While the majority of our bears are certainly showing signs of age-related issues, the Buffalo Zoo remains committed to providing high quality care for them for the duration of their lives,” said Dr. Donna M. Fernandes, President/CEO of the Buffalo Zoo. “All of our bears are beloved by our staff and visitors. Toby, especially, will always have a special place in our hearts and will be greatly missed.”
Friday, February 10, 2012
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Put some FUN in your February at Polar Bites 2012! Enjoy a fantastic evening event, which benefits the Buffalo Zoo. Join us for some culinary delights along with wines, brews and specialty services from some of the area’s finest establishments. This wildly popular fundraiser will take place on the main exhibit floor at the recently renovated Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Thursday, February 16 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a basket auction, a silent auction and a visit with some of our animal ambassadors. Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door. A limited amount of VIP tickets are available at a cost of $60. VIP ticket holders receive early entry (5:00 p.m.) and a goodie bag. Call (716) 995-6133 or see us online to get your tickets today. Limited tickets are available and you must be 21 years or older to attend.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Family Valentine’s Day!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Spend some quality time together at the Buffalo Zoo’s Family Valentine’s Day event! You will enjoy animal demonstrations and enrichment activities, and you may decide to make a Valentine’s Day card for a family member, friend or even your favorite animal at the Zoo!
The event runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and activities are free with Zoo admission.
For more information, please call the Events Coordinator at (716) 995-6133 or visit www.buffalozoo.org.
The event schedule is as follows:
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Valentine’s Day card-making crafts; Face Painters (Activities will take place inside the education department’s Children’s Resource Center.)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hot Chocolate/Coffee inside the Children’s Resource Center (while supplies last)The following animals are receiving a special Valentine’s Day enrichment at their exhibit (please arrive promptly):
11:00 a.m. Sea Lions
11:30 a.m. River Otters
12:00 p.m. Addax
12:30 p.m. Gorillas
1:00 p.m. Macaw Keeper Talk (Inside The Living Tree House)
1:30 p.m. Meerkats
2:00 p.m. M&T Bank Rainforest Falls
2:30 p.m. Snow Leopards
This event is part of the Zoo’s new “Zooper Saturdays.” On the first Saturday of every month, different areas of the Zoo will be highlighted for visitors to enjoy. Join us for activities, including animal enrichments, health fairs, raffles and more each month! These events will combine some of your old favorites and even spice them up with new offerings, too, so be sure you don’t miss out! The next Zooper Saturday event will be held on Saturday, March 3 and will feature the river otters and big cats.