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National Zookeeper Week is winding down. The zookeepers want to say thank you to everyone who brought them extra treats. They also received a fabulous banner celebrating zookeepers from the Zoo Camp kids. Just a reminder tomorrow the zookeepers will be giving extra talks about some of their favorite animals. Here is a schedule:

Time Subject Location
10:00 AM Ground Hornbill Hornbill Exhibit
11:00 AM Howler Monkey Amazonia
11:30 AM Enchanted Forest Tour Enchanted Forest sign
12:00 PM Reptile Encounter Amazonia
1:00 PM Iguana or Burm Pyth Kley
2:00 PM Jaguar Amazonia
3:00 PM Amphibian Talk Discovery
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Carl the ground hornbill celebrated his 18th birthday today. His enclosure was decorated with streamers and he received a papier mache cake with his favorite filling: mealworms.

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To celebrate National Zookeepers’ Week, Pico will not go so far as to suggest you hug a zookeeper. They are a shy folk and they tend to have a bit of smell about them. Instead Pico suggests you honor zookeepers by visiting the Zoo, saying a friendly ‘hello’ and appreciating the hard work zookeepers put in to care for the animals and exhibits they live in.

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Zookeepers will be treated to an ice cream social and cook-out. They will be giving extra talks and tours on Friday July 24th. They will also be hosting an event for the Evansville Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization on Saturday July 25th.

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"I look gooood!" says the arawana

"I look gooood!" says the arawana

The aquariums in AMAZONIA have some new residents. Joining the pacu and freshwater stingrays are two more pacu, a peacock bass, royal plecostomus, red hook silver dollars, and Pico’s favorite a silver arawana. In with the caiman are two Markiana tetras. The Zoo also obtained some catfish; but since they need to grow before they start swimming with the big guys, they’re being held off-exhibit.

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Thank you to everyone who came to the Zoo to wish Donna a Happy Birthday!

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"Look how tall I'm getting!"

"Look how tall I'm getting!"

Now 2.5 months old, the Zoo’s baby girl weighs just under 100 pounds!

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The Nocturnal Exhibits in the Kley Building are finally ready to re-open! Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will unveil the renovations on July 17th at 10am. The animal enclosures were completely gutted, leaving only the front glass. The metal was replaced with concrete block, new drains were added, the floor was resurfaced, and programmable lighting was installed. The alligator snapping turtle also received a new filtration system. The public area received new carpeting and a refinished ceiling. The central bug exhibit was removed. The graphics are on LCD screens.

There are also new animals: a pair of pygmy slow lorises and a male sand cat.

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