Saturday, February 19, 2011

Zoo News

The Santa Barbara Zoo......a major local treasure

Young Otter Pups Thrive
On your next visit to the Zoo, make sure to stop by the otter exhibit. The five pups, born in August to Bob & Jillian (named by donors Peter & Pieter Crawford-van Meeuwen), recently received access to the "big" pool in their exhibit. Not only are they nearly as big as their parents now, but they're also very active - they play, dive, swim, and run all over the exhibit.

The Zoo's newest arrival has yet to make his public debut. Daniel (named by donors Chad & Ginni Dreier), the Masai giraffe calf born in January, is doing well and continues to grow. We anticipate he'll join the other giraffes out on exhibit this spring.

Celebrate with Us at These Upcoming Events
Elephants' 40th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, February 26th - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm.

Asian elephants Sujatha and Little Mac are feted as "fit and fabulous at 40" at an upcoming birthday celebration at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The two females, who recently lost a total of more than 3600 pounds, are to enjoy a "spa day" of pedicures, grooming and brushing, snacks of health-conscious foods, some painting, and jumbo-sized birthday cakes and piƱatas. Keeper talks reveal the special care received by the Zoo's elephants (like daily pedicures) and the challenges facing their endangered counterparts in the wild. Check the event calendar for the full schedule of activities.

Princess Day
Saturday, March 12 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella in person as princesses from around the world unite for frog conservation on Princess Day. There will be special shows...with princesses. Photo opportunities...with princesses. Games with princesses and...lots of princesses. There are frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. Plus, find out how zoos and aquariums around the world are working together to save amphibians.

It’s B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Tiara), and costumes are encouraged…frog kissing is optional. Princes, cowboys, and superheroes are also welcome.

Saturday, March 5 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
You Belong in the Zoo!
Volunteer at Zoo-to-Do or Find Your Summer Job at the Job Fair

Community members help with a Zoo improvement project during this one day, Zoo-to-Do. Past projects include beautification of the Zoo gardens and exhibits. Volunteers receive lunch and two Zoo guest passes.
Cost: None, volunteer event. Pre-registration is required and participants must be 13 years of age or older; please email the Conservation Education Department or call (805) 962-5339, ext. 152 for more information.

Santa Barbara Zoo Annual Job Fair
Tuesday, March 15 - 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Discover the "wildest" summer jobs in town for anyone aged 14 and over. Meet the staff and learn about the many job and volunteer opportunities at the Zoo. Refreshments and special animal encounters for those filling out applications. Teen applicants are encouraged to bring their parents. Please contact Corinne Santini at (805) 962-5339, ext. 108 for more information.

California Condor Nest Monitor Training
Registration Required - R.S.V.P. Now!

The Santa Barbara Zoo, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be training nest monitors for the 2011 season as part of the California Condor Recovery Program. During the 2007-2010 nesting seasons, we fledged 11 chicks in southern California! This is an unprecedented accomplishment and we invite you to join us as we undertake our fifth season of nest guarding. The trainings will cover topics including an introduction to the project, observation protocols, and our ethogram.

Training Part 1 of 2: The Egg StageWednesday, February 23rd, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Training Part 2 of 2: The Chick StageDate/Time TBA at Training Part 1
Prerequisite: Training Part 1

Register Now for Spring Zoo Camp!
Monday - Friday, March 28 - April 1
Monday - Friday, April 4 - 8
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for some wild spring break fun! The Santa Barbara Zoo's award-winning Zoo Camps for ages 3 - 9 introduce kids to the wild world of animals and science. Campers will enjoy learning about the Zoo's animals through games, crafts, up-close animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost per day: SB Zoo Members $40; Non-members $45
(Register for five or more days and get $20 off your total!)
Optional Lunch Package: $8.50/day (vegetarian options available)

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 NiƱos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-5339

all information, including photos from SB Zoo Newsletters
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