Monday, September 28, 2009

Last Chance for a Trip to Binder Park Zoo This Season!

If you haven’t made it out to the Zoo this season, or just want to get in one last giraffe feeding adventure before the snow hits, this weekend is the time to do it! Binder Park Zoo will be closing for the season on Sunday October 4th. Hours are Saturday from 9:00am until 6:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am until 6:00pm. Don’t miss your last chance to see Gesi, the baby giraffe born at the Zoo this summer, before the zoo gates close.

The births of the two baby giraffe, Gesi and Dhoruba, made the 10th season of Wild Africa extra special for the Zoo. The two boys were the first giraffe born at Binder Park Zoo and the first giraffe born in Michigan in over 16 years. Gesi and his mother Jasiri have been on exhibit and will be for the remainder of the season as long as weather conditions allow the giraffes to be out.

“Even after 10 years of Wild Africa, you’re still in awe watching the animals walk out onto exhibit,” says Eric Reinsch, Binder Park Zoo Collections Supervisor. “Binder Park Zoo, and especially Wild Africa, is really a hidden gem right in Battle Creek’s backyard.”

The Zoo will be closing on the 4th, but there will still be a lot of exciting things happening during the off-season. The 23rd annual Great Zoo Boo will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from October 9th – 31st. Holiday Nights will light up the Zoo December 18th through 23rd. Zoomobiles, birthday parties, and overnights will still be going on while the Zoo is closed to the public, and year round staff will be working to make 2010 another great season.

However, the Zoo hasn’t closed yet! There are still a few days left to enjoy the 2009 season and to catch a glimpse of Gesi while he’s still tiny (compared to his 16 foot tall mother!). “He gains about three pounds a day,” says Andi Kornak, Curator of Collections. “He will still look young next spring, but he will be considerably taller.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of nature’s miracles. For more information, call the Zoo office at 269-979-1351 or visit us online at

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