For the past three weeks, the Seneca Park Zoo, B.O.C.E.S. I, and Rochester City School #23 have partnered to pilot a distance learning program about zoo careers. The first week, five Zoo staff spoke during a live broadcast, telling the students a little about their jobs. Based on that experience, the students have been traveling to the Zoo to shadow the staff person of their choice for the past two weeks.
Four of these students have been shadowing our Communications Director, Pam Cowan, and learning about how we promote our events at the Zoo. Last week, this included taking photos to promote our elephant birthday party on Facebook. The students did a great job snapping photos and thinking about how to caption each photo.
Keeping in accordance with the SSPs set by the AZA, we welcomed female Canada lynx Bianca as a companion and mate for male Gretzky (read more: http://ow.ly/GDTbj). We added cisco, a fish native to the Great Lakes, to our lake sturgeon tank in the ECO Center as part of a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (read more: http://ow.ly/GDTuC). Finally, in December, a ring-tailed lemur pair, male Bradigan and female Selma, joined our radiated tortoises in a mixed-species exhibit to educate visitors on the fragility of the natural range of these species on the island of Madagascar (read more: http://ow.ly/GDTA2). (Lynx photo by Marie Kraus; cisco and lemur photos by Kelli O’Brien)
Beautiful autumn weather and excited, costumed children permeated the Zoo in October. ZooBoo continues to be a stand-out, Merry-Not-Scary Halloween event in the community. Check out a few photos from the event here: http://ow.ly/GBRCm (Photo by Kelli O’Brien)
Conservation Education Days, like Orangutan M.O.M. Day and Elephant Awareness Day, continued to draw visitors intent on learning how to make a difference in the conservation of these species. Also highlighted were the Zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts in partnership with Health in Harmony (Bornean orangutans) and International Elephant Foundation (African elephants.) Learn about Conservation Education Days in 2015: http://ow.ly/GBRKJ
This week, they created a radio commercial to promote the event as well. They did a great job putting together a script and recording. Listen to it below: