This Golden Eagle is currently
undergoing rehabilitation at Dakota Zoo
Annual meeting is a golden opportunity to learn about
The Dakota Zoo
is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Marguerite Coyle will present
a program on "Nesting Golden Eagles in North Dakota" at
the Dakota Zoological Society's annual meeting and dinner, which will
be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6 PM at the Bismarck-Mandan
Elks Lodge, 900 S Washington St. Bismarck, ND.
Dr. Coyle and her team work with
Dr. Coyle is
an assistant professor of Biology at Dickinson State University,
and is the principle investigator for the North Dakota Golden Eagle
Project, which has utilized a collaborative research approach
involving government, private industry, local land owners and
communities to study the impact of expanded oil activity on golden
eagles in western North Dakota.
The Dakota Zoo
has worked closely with Dr. Coyle since 2002, helping to train
project staff members in handling and capture techniques, as well
as working to assess and rehabilitate injured eagles and other
raptors discovered during the course of her research.
presentation will include information on the lifestyles of eagles,
an overview of completed and ongoing research efforts in North
Dakota, how local research efforts are being incorporated into a
national conservation strategy, and what you can do to help!
This event is
open to Dakota Zoo members and the general public. Tickets are $25 include your choice of a prime rib,
salmon, or stuffed pork chop dinner. Tickets are available by
calling Diana Lincoln at the Zoo at 223-7543, extension 2 or mail
your check, along with your choice of entrée(s)to
Dakota Zoo, Attn: annual meeting PO Box 711 Bismarck, ND
58502-0711. Ticket deadline is Friday March 4, 2011.
steady wins the race! Our two snow Leopards, Pujii
and Jerry continue their "getting to know you"
experience, and so far all is going well. Pujii
is getting the hang of shifting between stalls so the keepers can
clean, and she and Jerry have had some limited visual contact on
opposite sides of the gates as they move between their indoor
enclosures and the exhibit.
Both cats also
spend time each day training. Our keepers
use a specific sequence of visual targets, commands, sounds and
positive reinforcement for desired behaviors such as coming to a
specific point of the enclosure, standing at full
length with their paws on the gate, and presenting a paw.
These behaviors are taught so that staff and veterinarians can conduct
examinations and administer medication without having to immobilize
the animals to do so.
New Construction in Discovery Center
New displays under construction
in the Discovery Center
Tribune Discovery Center is undergoing some
remodeling as we add space for several new displays. The old
glass fronted tortoise and prairie dog enclosures have been removed
and the northwest corner of the building will soon be home to a new
exhibit for Black-footed ferrets, as well as a number of other critters. We are excited about the
opportunity to display and educate Zoo visitors about the endangered Black-footed Ferret
on a year-round basis.
a slate of all new day camps in 2011 for kids ages 5-7 is the
Winter Wonderland Ed Venture on February 26, where campers will
learn how animals adapt survive and thrive in the cold weather.
scheduled for February 26 is our Draw A Junior Duck Stamp Camp for
kids in grades K-12. presented in
conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. We will have
art supplies, and duck imagery available, folks from the art world
to help kids realize their creative vision, and a guest speaker who
will talk about how we can all help conserve waterfowl habitat.
On March 4, in cooperation with the Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute at BSC we will present our first -ever
Senior Zookeeper Day. Our plan is to take the highlights from our
wildly successful Junior Zookeeper Camps and gear it towards an
adult audience. Meet the professionals who care for our over 600
creatures, and go behind the scenes to learn how our staff feed,
house and provide veterinary care for our wild residents!
On March 11 & 12, just in time for spring break, we're bringing
back our winter Mini-Junior Zookeeper camp for kids ages 8 -12. The
camp will run from 1-4 PM each day and campers will learn through
behind the scenes keeper presentations, animal enrichment projects,
food preparation and exhibit cleanup- just what it takes to be a
Zookeeper in the winter time.
And on March 19 its
all about stealth as we present our new Careful Camouflage Animal
Ed-venture for ages 5-7. Campers will learn how animals use their
coloration and cunning to protect themselves from predators, or
sneak up on their prey, often at the same time!
2011 marks the
50th anniversary of the Dakota Zoo, which opened its gates on
Saturday June 3, 1961. During 2011 we will present a selection of
vintage Zoo photos each month for your enjoyment. If you
recognize yourself or any of the folks in these photos, remember
being at one of these events, or run across any vintage zoo photos
of your own that you would like to share, we would love to hear
from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1963 parade @ 4th and
Boy meets goat
Clyde enjoys a tasty snack-that bear sure loved to eat.
Black Bear Cub about to meet a
26, 2-4:30PM "Winter Wonderland" Animal Ed-Venture.
Ages 5-7. Participants will learn all about what Zoo animals do in the
winter, make a cool craft project and
enjoy some tasty snacks too! Cost is $14/child for Zoo members,
$16/child for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call our
Education Coordinator Colleen McLaughlin at 223-7543 for more
details, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
26, 1-3 PM Draw A Junior Duck Stamp Camp Grades
K-12. Partake in the opportunity to draw your favorite kind of duck
to enter in the 2011 Junior Duck Stamp contest. Art media will be
available to use, local artists will be here to consult, and a
guest speaker who will talk about how we can all help to conserve
waterfowl and waterfowl habitat. Free to Zoo members, regular
admission for non- members.
4 1-4PM Senior Zookeeper Day. In cooperation
with the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute at BSC, we will be
offering our first-ever Senior Zookeeper Day on Friday, March 4
We're going to take all the highlights of our wildly popular Junior
Zookeeper camps and re-tool them for an adult audience. Meet the
professionals who take care of our over 600 critters, plus go
behind- the scenes and learn how we feed, house and provide medical
care for our wild residents. This tour will involve spending time
outdoors and a fair amount of walking. Registration is limited and
is conducted through BSC. Persons interested can get more
information by contacting Colleen at 223-7543.
March 10 Dakota Zoological Society
Annual Meeting and Dinner. 6-9PM at Bismarck-Mandan
Elks Lodge 900 S Washington St. Bismarck.
Following a brief business session and dinner, Dr Anne M. Coyle of
Dickinson State University will give a presentation on Nesting
Golden Eagles in Western North Dakota. This event is open to Dakota
Zoo members and the general public. Tickets are $25 and include
your choice of prime rib, salmon or stuffed pork chop dinner.
Tickets are available by mail, (Dakota Zoo
Attn: Annual Meeting PO Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58502-0711.)
or you can call Diana Lincoln at the Zoo at 223-7543 extension 2.
If ordering by mail, please indicate your choice of entree(s).
Deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, March 4.
11-12, Mini Junior Zookeeper Day Camp 1-4PM each day
Ages 8-12. Zookeeping is a year-round outdoor job. Campers will learn about
conservation, animal diets, animal enrichment ,
and the special challenges that zookeepers face in doing their
important job in cold and snow. Price is $30 for Dakota
Zoo members, $35 for non-members. This camp will involve spending
time outdoors so campers will need to dress appropriately for the
weather. Call Colleen at 223-7543 for more details, or e-mail
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
19, 2-4:30PM "Careful Camouflage" Animal Ed-Venture
Ages 5-7. Participants will learn how animals use camouflage to
avoid predators, catch their prey and more. Plus there will be time
to make a cool craft and enjoy a tasty snack too! Pre-registration
is required. Cost is $14/child for Zoo members, $16/child for non-
members. Call Colleen at 223-7543 or e-mail her at email@example.com for more details.
If you're doing some early spring
cleaning, organizing those closets, garages
and workbenches, or would like to purchase something to
donate, we would appreciate it very much. Our zookeepers could use
the following items:
Parrot toys, hose reels, hoses, brooms, dust pans, shovels, leaf
rakes, miscellaneous hand tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc...)
trash cans, horse toys, animal water bottles, reptile plants and
vines, chinchilla guinea pig hide-a-ways and treats, and scrub
brushes. They are also looking for old Compact Discs/CD-r or DVD-rs
for use in animal enrichment /craft projects.
Our Education Coordinator Colleen is still looking for empty, clean,
5 oz cans (commonly used for tuna, cat food, etc...) to use for
craft projects. Thanks again to everyone who has brought them
If you have items to donate, simply drop them off at the Zoo, or
call Larry Klemer at 223-7543 ext. 6 to
arrange for pickup.
It may be cold outside, but the
deals are hotter than ever during the Antler Trading Post's huge
winter clearance sale! 2011 merchandise will be arriving soon, and
we need to make room so plenty of items are priced to move:
Any Dakota Zoo mug, only $5 while supply lasts.
Organic Cotton 4 ft snakes: now $5.95
All sweatshirts have been marked down through the
month of February.
Zoo Christmas ornaments featuring pictures of our own
animals: in wreath design $1.50, clear snowflake $2.99!
other items marked down while supply lasts.
Dakota Zoo memberships
and gift certificates are always available--both make great gifts!
Antler Trading Post is open during regular
Zoo hours from 1-5PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather
2011 Membership Categories
$60.00 Family- 2 named adults and dependent children (under 18)
living at the same address.
$60.00 Grandparent - 2 named grandparents and their grandchildren (under
18) only. At least one named grandparent must accompany the
grandchildren when they visit.
$90.00 Family Plus- 2 named adults and dependent children (under 18)
living at the same address. Family Plus members may bring up to 5
additional guests free of charge each time they visit the Zoo, with
the exception of the annual picnic. At least one member of the
named family must accompany the guests.
the integrity of our membership program and to protect you from
unauthorized use of your membership card, members are required to
show photo identification along with their membership card when
entering the Zoo.
As a not-for-profit organization which receives the bulk of its
income from memberships and attendance, we need to prevent the
misuse of our membership cards. If memberships are shared by
families and neighbors, our revenue could be severely reduced and
we would either have to raise prices, cut exhibits and programs, or
both. Thanks, members for your cooperation and support. In order to
get the word out to all of our members, this will run in the Z-news
and On Track printed newsletter until we open next season.
Reciprocal Privileges: If you are planning to visit reciprocal
Zoos, you must have your membership card with you. Reciprocal
facilities have no way of establishing the validity of your
membership without seeing your card, and in most cases will also
ask for a photo ID.
Zoo memberships are not transferable and may not be used by
persons other than those named on the card.