Archive for May, 2011


This Saturday, support Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s American Association of Zookeepers and wake up dancing! Participate in Zoo-Zoo-Zumba, an exciting hour long Latin dance workout. Cost to participate is $8 or $6 for Zoo members, and also includes free admission to the Zoo to either use after the class or save for a later date. Zoo-Zoo-Zumba will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 8 – 9 a.m. in the Zoo’s spacious entry plaza. Cash or checks made payable to MPZ AAZK will be accepted. In the event of rain, Zoo-Zoo-Zumba will be cancelled.

Created in 1967, American Association of Zoo Keeper’s (AAZK) purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers by encouraging them to become active members in furthering today’s zoos and aquariums. Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s AAZK does this by supporting local, national, and worldwide conservation efforts, and also providing funding for keepers’ professional development and continuing education. Additional support is given to the Zoo’s animal enrichment program and education department.


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Wow, our botanic staff has been busy this winter! The 10th Annual Bloomin’ Zoo Garden Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, and we have a larger amount and wider variety of plants than ever before! Here are some of the rare and unusual botanic species that will be available for purchase at the festival. Bloomin’ Zoo Garden Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. As always, Zoo members are welcome to come early and shop on Saturday from 8 – 9 a.m. The photos on this post are taken by one of the Zoo’s loyal Bloomin’ Zoo parton. Create the same look at your home!

We are hosting a special Sneak Preview Party & Herb Affair for Zoo Members only this Friday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. This free event will offer an exclusive opportunity to shop early, enjoy live music, and sample delectable food prepared using herbs featured at the sale. Yum!!! No reservation is required and a cash bar will be available. If you are a Zoo member, you don’t want to miss this great event! If you aren’t a member, purchase a Zoo membership now so you can be part of the fun!

Please call (812) 435-6143 with any questions about Bloomin’ Zoo Garden Festival and the Sneak Preview Party & Herb Affair!

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