Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bring Your Pack to Howl-a-Palooza at Binder Park Zoo

Binder Park Zoo is hosting Howl-a-Palooza this weekend, September 26th and 27th to celebrate National Wolf Awareness Week. Come visit the Zoo’s four Mexican wolf brothers and listen to Keeper Chats at their exhibit. Special enrichment activities for the wolves and Keeper Chats will take place at 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday and 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday. Guests will also receive a free wolf poster while supplies last.

“This weekend is a great time to learn about these fascinating animals,” remarks Jenny Barnett, Director of Conservation and Wildlife at Binder Park Zoo. “The enrichment times are especially interesting as it gives everyone a chance to see the wolves display some of the natural behaviors that they would in the wild.”

Since 1991, Binder Park Zoo has been home to one of the most endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf. Once common in the southwest United States and northern Mexico, they were nearly eliminated in the first half of this century by ranchers who feared that the wolves were a threat to cattle. The extermination effort nearly succeeded, but a few Mexican wolves survived in captivity and in remote areas of Mexico. From these few survivors, a captive breeding program began in 1979 with the eventual goal of reestablishing Mexican wolves in the wild. The first releases in this effort occurred on March 29, 1998, and included a female Mexican wolf born at Binder Park Zoo. Howl-a-Palooza offers the perfect opportunity to learn about wolves, their conservation status and to have a unique opportunity to ask questions about wolves from the Zoo’s very own Mexican wolf Zookeepers.
  • What: Wolf Awareness Weekend “Howl-a-Palooza”
  • Where: Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek MI 49014
  • When: September 26 - 1:00pm and 3:00pm – Mexican wolf exhibit
  • September 27 - 2:00pm and 4:00pm – Mexican wolf exhibit

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