Join us Saturday, September 17th as we celebrate Deaf Culture Awareness Day at the Zoo! This year we will be partnering with the Rochester School for the Deaf and RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf to provide accessible programming opportunities to the deaf community right here in our local community. This day will coincide with our ‘Cold Asia’ Awareness Weekend, which will be focusing on red panda and snow leopard conservation.
Schedule of Live Enrichment with Sign Language Interpreters:
10:30 a.m. – Snow Leopard Enrichment & Keeper/Naturalist Chat
12:00 p.m. – Red Panda Enrichment & Keeper/Naturalist Chat
2:00 p.m. – Red Panda Enrichment & Keeper/Naturalist Chat
3:30 p.m. – Snow Leopard Enrichment & Keeper/Naturalist Chat
Other Activities & Information:
Download the snow leopard ‘Spot the Similarities‘ game!
Learn more about snow leopards and some of the features they share with other animals at the Zoo! Click here
Print out this DIY Snow Leopard Mask!
Channel the Halloween spirit into snow leopard awareness with this quick and easy snow leopard mask cut-out.
Support Snow Leopard Conservation
We’re raising funds this week for Snow Leopard Trust and Red Panda Network. Thank you for helping save snow leopards & red pandas!
Support Red Panda Conservation
Did you know?
The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. As is the case with many animals, habitat loss is the number one threat to the red panda. Factors like deforestation, unsustainable local herding practices and scarcity of bamboo, which is 98% of their diet, are all of great concern.
Are You a Fan of Red Pandas? Become a Red Panda Ranger!
Kids that love red pandas and want to get involved in their conservation should pursue becoming a Red Panda Ranger. As a Red Panda Ranger it’s up to you to learn about red pandas and then spread the word about them to people you know.