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“Jungle Jack” Hanna visits Zookeepers at Palm Beach Zoo

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 21, 2014
“Jungle Jack” Hanna visited the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Friday, February 21, 2014, at the Zoo’s Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex, thanks to a special invitation issued to him by Amanda Joy, the Zoo’s Gift Shop Manager, and Kathie Comerford, Board Member for the Zoo. Please click the article title above for more information and to view photos of Jungle Jack's visit.
“Jungle Jack” Hanna visits Zookeepers at Palm Beach Zoo

Sea Turtle Week Presented by Force-E Dive Shops

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 20, 2014
The Florida Hawksbill Project at the Palm Beach Zoo is partnering with Force-E dive shops to host Sea Turtle Week from March 1-9. For all the details and sign-ups, please click the article title above.
Sea Turtle Week Presented by Force-E Dive Shops

Smallest Zoo Residents May Become Big Environmental Indicators

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 20, 2014
The smallest residents at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society are five Perdido Key beach mice babies, estimated to have been born in December 2013. On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Zoo staff members examined each baby mouse and determined there are three male and two female baby mice, all from one breeding pair. Conservation of the dunes that the endangered Perdido Key beach mice live in helps protect residents and structures near beach coastlines from the effects of hurricanes. The mice burrow in sand dunes, so their presence indicates the dunes are strong, and thus more likely to protect homes from storms. The Zoo’s Perdido Key Beach Mouse Captive Breeding & Reintroduction Program was established after wild mice populations were decimated following hurricanes. The captive population continues to provide a source of beach mice to augment the wild population, if needed, and they were used in 2010 to re-establish a wild population at the west end of Perdido Key.
Smallest Zoo Residents May Become Big Environmental Indicators

Zoo Announces Birth of Baird's Tapir & New Zoo Blog

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 18, 2014
A female Baird’s tapir born on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is the Zoo’s first birth of 2014, and a new Zoo blog (www.palmbeachzoo.blog.com) will post updates of the calf’s condition, along with other Zoo topics. “Alyssa,” a Baird’s tapir, gave birth in the evening to a female calf, and has since remained extremely protective of it. Wildlife Care and Conservation staff closed all foot traffic around the area where “Alyssa” currently remains, with only her primary zookeepers having access to the mother and baby. Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo, said the calf appears to be in good health. “We want to prevent ‘Alyssa’ from inadvertently injuring the calf while she is trying to protect it,” said Steele. “We expect her to calm down over the next day or two, but until then, we want to give her space to strengthen the mother-calf bond.”
Zoo Announces Birth of Baird's Tapir & New Zoo Blog

Zoo Features Photo Exhibition of World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 12, 2014
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) presentation of “Madidi: Portraits of Bolivian Biodiversity,” on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Zoo’s Mayan Plaza. The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Ashley Schiff Ramos and The Schiff Foundation, as well as Florida Crystals Corporation. The Zoo funds continuing research in the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape, which is recognized as the most biologically diverse protected area in the world. WCS’s Conservation Program in Bolivia takes place where many different ecosystems converge. Those ecosystems include Amazonian rainforests, montane cloud forests, lowland savannas, highland grasslands, dry inter-Andean forests and high Andean mountains. “The Madidi region is critical for the conservation of endangered wildlife that have large home ranges,” said Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo. “Our jaguars here at the Zoo READ MORE >>>
Zoo Features Photo Exhibition of World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area

Zoo Announces Conservation Leadership Lecture Series

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 5, 2014
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series for 2014, generously sponsored by Florida Crystals Corporation. The first lecture features Syd Kitson, President and CEO of Kitson & Partners and former NFL player, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Zoo’s Tropics Café. The second lecture features Carlton Ward, Jr., native Floridian and environmental photojournalist, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also at the Zoo’s Tropics Café. In “An Evening with Syd Kitson,” Kitson will talk about his plans to build a solar-powered city in southwest Florida. In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of the Babcock Ranch, which encompasses more than 92,000 acres. More than 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.
Zoo Announces Conservation Leadership Lecture Series

“A Garden in the Wild” Dinner Dance Raises $1.19 Million

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 4, 2014
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society celebrated its annual Dinner Dance with the theme of “A Garden in the Wild” in honor of all things living at the Zoo on Friday, January 31, 2014 at The Breakers. Palm Beach’s wildest night was led by Chairman James D. Berwind, Honorary Chair Michele Kessler, Event Chairmen Whitney Wood Bylin and Thomas C. Quick and Auction Chair Samantha Storkerson. Andrew Aiken, President and CEO of the Zoo, reported that the event raised $1.19 million dollars, thanks to the generous sponsors, underwriters and guests. The nearly 400 supporters who gathered in the Mediterranean Ballroom for cocktails had the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s most fascinating animals, handled by the Zoo’s Wildlife Care & Conservation Staff. Following a sumptuous dinner in the Venetian Ballroom, gala guests then bid on luxury items with the Chairman of Sotheby’s America’s Jamie Niven acting as auctioneer. The history-making auction, chaired by READ MORE>>
“A Garden in the Wild” Dinner Dance Raises $1.19 Million

Recycling: Did You Know - Infographic Courtesy of Park n Pool

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: February 4, 2014
Check out this informative infographic courtesy of Park n Pool regarding recycling...please click article title above to view.
Recycling: Did You Know - Infographic Courtesy of Park n Pool

Tiger-Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Valentine’s Day Candy List

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: January 29, 2014
This information is a helpful guide for consumers that are concerned about Malayan tiger conservation and deforestation due to non-sustainable palm oil production in Malaysia. The companies listed below are members of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) and are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil. Please support companies that are doing their best to make a difference for wild tigers. Please click article title above to view full list.
Tiger-Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Valentine’s Day Candy List

Zoo Celebrates Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: January 27, 2014
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The world-renowned John Wai Kung Fu Academy will perform authentic dragon and lion dances at 1:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Fountain Plaza. Other fun activities include Glass Production’s Purple People Painters Temporary Tattoo Artists, zookeeper talks and wildlife presentations as well as children’s crafts and giveaways.
Zoo Celebrates Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse

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