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In the Garden: Killing with Kindness - Sandy Keenan, The New York Times

By: Sandy Keenan, The New York Times
Source: The New York Times
Date: December 31, 2013
"On days he can round up at least one volunteer to help him in his mission to restore native species to the forest, Paul Zweng commutes in an all-wheel-drive pickup from the home he shares with his wife and children in suburban Honolulu. Hugging the coast north toward the striking mountain terrain on the windward side of Oahu, he stops to pick up Sam or Charlotte or Jim. The regulars. At the Waikane Valley, he turns inland onto a muddy road, driving past the clapboard Church of the True God and a pig farm that welcomes visitors with an animal skull mounted on its entry post. The overgrowth thickens as he runs parallel to an old fence covered with warnings of unexploded ordnance, written in four languages. Only a fool or a feral pig would trespass here."

VIDEO: Meet "Hugo" the Zoo's One-Year Old Spider Monkey

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 30, 2013
Happy birthday to our baby Mexican spider monkey! Everybody meet "HUGO!" He is one year old today, and he received a new name announced at a special Primate Talk this afternoon. Zoo staff members voted on six different choices, and "Hugo" won out-- it means "mind, heart and spirit." Watch video of the festivities below...
VIDEO: Meet

Now Serving Beer & Wine During Lunch!

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 27, 2013
The Palm Beach Zoo now serves alcoholic beverages in the Tropics Café during regular meal service hours. Alcoholic beverages will also be available at various areas around the Zoo during select special events and private parties. Please note that we have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY REGARDING UNDERAGE DRINKING. Anyone under the age of 21, or not able to produce a valid legal ID when requested by staff, will be required to exit the Zoo premises immediately. Also, we reserve the right to refuse or discontinue service to anyone deemed to be intoxicated. Thank you for respecting this policy for the safety of yourself and others.
Now Serving Beer & Wine During Lunch!

VIDEO: Oscar, the Coscoroba Swan Undergoes Physical Therapy

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 26, 2013
"Oscar," a Coscoroba swan at the Palm Beach Zoo, receives physical therapy after he was under the weather. He had to be assisted to walk at first, but after the camera quit rolling he took ten steps on his own! He wanted to rest after that, but vet staff members say his recuperation seems to be coming along well. Coscoroba swans are the smallest in the birds called "swans."
VIDEO: Oscar, the Coscoroba Swan Undergoes Physical Therapy

Inaugural “Save the Panther 5k” Race to Debut New Florida Panther at Zoo

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 26, 2013
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is proud to announce its inaugural “Save the Panther 5k” race, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance, on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. The starting line will begin in the Zoo’s front parking lot, wind through Dreher Park, and entering the Zoo on the west side. The running path will pass by the Wallaby Viewing Station, fennec fox and ocelots exhibits, Siamang Island and more on the way to the finish line in the Fountain Plaza. Mira, the Zoo’s new Florida Panther, will be moving from quarantine quarters to the panther exhibit in a holding yard during the final week of race registration, leading up to an official public debut during a special “Panther Talk” at 9:45 a.m. after the race finishes. A soft launch of her adjusting to the holding yard, in which she will be able to see and smell Micco, the Zoo’s resident panther ambassador, will allow her comfort level to grow.
Inaugural “Save the Panther 5k” Race to Debut New Florida Panther at Zoo

VIDEO: Micco, the Zoo's Florida Panther Ambassador Receives Holiday Goodies

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 24, 2013
"Micco," a Florida panther ambassador at the Palm Beach Zoo, receives holiday treats around his Christmas tree!
VIDEO: Micco, the Zoo's Florida Panther Ambassador Receives Holiday Goodies

Ring in the New Year at the Zoo with 2 Great Events

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 23, 2013
The Palm Beach Zoo invites families and children of all ages to start 2014 a bit early, and ring in the New Year with the Zoo’s animal friends on December 31, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The midday celebration will include a wild dance party in the Fountain Plaza, complete with an apple juice toast at noon, face painting, games, crafts and much more! Guests can also pick up a party hat and noise maker, while they last. “Zoo Year’s Eve” features a special New Year’s Eve countdown to the 12 p.m. apple juice toast, which will allow little ones to be able to enjoy the festivities of the holiday, but still get home for bed. Help the animals at the Palm Beach Zoo send 2013 off with style, and join us to celebrate “Auld Lang Syne!” The party continues on New Year’s Day, with birthday bashes for Lewis and Clark, the Zoo’s North American black bear brothers, who will be celebrating their 13th birthdays, as well as Micco, the Zoo’s Florida panther ambassador, who will be turning 2 years old!
Ring in the New Year at the Zoo with 2 Great Events

VIDEO: Meet the Zoo's American Black Bears During Your Very Own Private Encounter

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 21, 2013
Go behind the scenes with the Palm Beach Zoo's black bear brothers, Lewis and Clark! Feed them while learning about the Zoo's conservation efforts and how we care for them. Snap some great pics and make memories to last a lifetime! Members: $40 per person / Non-members: $50 per person, Zoo admission not included - The Black Bear Experience is carried our under protective contact. At no time are guests permitted to access the bear habitat or touch the bears. Experience is available for guests ages 10+. One adult per child is required. Limit of four (4) people per party. Experiences are available on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Experience must be registered in advance at Zoo's front gate or at http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/animal-experiences.
VIDEO: Meet the Zoo's American Black Bears During Your Very Own Private Encounter

Want to Give Your Favorite Zoo Animal a Gift This Year?

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 17, 2013
Want to give that special Zoo animal in your life a gift this year and just can't think of a thing? Don't worry, they've put together a list of all their favorite enrichment items including a few things for the folks who care for them to make shopping easy! Check out the Zoo's Amazon Wish List for the purr-fect items that will make your favorite animal smile!
Want to Give Your Favorite Zoo Animal a Gift This Year?

Palm Beach Zoo Brings Santa, Rudolph & Animals to Children at ARC

By: Palm Beach Zoo
Source: Palm Beach Zoo
Date: December 16, 2013
Palm Beach Zoo Education Specialists brought holiday joy to The Arc of Palm Beach County, with special visits from animals in the Ed Morse ZooMobile! By bringing animals like a parrot, a red-footed tortoise and a two-toed sloth, the Zoo hopes to give children and adults with development disabilities a connection to wildlife. A special surprise visit from Santa and Rudolph ended the educational experience! CLICK FOR ARTICLE TITLE ABOVE FOR PHOTOS AND MORE INFORMATION...
Palm Beach Zoo Brings Santa, Rudolph & Animals to Children at ARC

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