Archive for August, 2011

Jerry & Camille

No one likes to be alone, and Jerry was no exception.  Jerry, a ring-tailed lemur at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, had lost his companion in mid-April.  Since lemurs are a very social species, Animal Curator, Dr. Sue Lindsey, immediately began looking for a companion for Jerry.  

Ring-tailed lemurs are endangered animals, so their populations in accredited zoos are managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums through the Species Survival Plan (SSP).  An SSP is something like match.com for zoo animals.  Through the SSP, Dr. Lindsey learned of a lone female “Camille” at the Tautphas Park Zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

Camille, about 10 years old, was described as very sociable and easy going.  She had been ousted by her group at Tautphas Park Zoo after another female gave birth.   Her keepers tried several times to reincorporate her in the colony.  Even though this group included some of her grown offspring, they were not successful.  By the time Dr. Lindsey called, Camille had been alone for two months.

 Camille arrived at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in June and was found to be in good health.  After a short quarantine period, she was introduced to “Jerry”.  While we can’t say it was love at first sight, they immediately began to groom one another—a very good sign.  Initially, Camille was timid about going out on exhibit, hesitating in the doorway of her indoor living area.  Jerry began moving back and forth repeatedly from the outside exhibit to where Camille would linger, or step just inside her indoor living area, presumably to encourage her to come outside.  

Camille has now ventured out and their keepers report they are eating well and enjoying each other’s company.  This companionship pairing appears to be a wonderful solution for two lonely lemurs.

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Dennis Jon Bailey appears to be ready for ZooFari!

WIKY’s Dennis Jon Bailey is getting into the ZooFari spirit, are you? Don’t forget to purchase your ZooFari tickets now at www.meskerparkzoo.com! A morning or evening of fun and great prizes await! The grand prize for the Kid/Parent Hunt presented by Deaconess Riley Children’s Service is a game table donated by Escalade Sports.  The grand prize for the Adult Hunt presented by Fifth Third Bank is a drive away vacation and gas money from Heritage Federal Credit Union.  Get your team together today! LOTS of fun ZooFari prizes could be yours!

Look at all of the prizes you can win!


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 Special Rate for ZooFari for Families

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

We would like to extend a special offer to all followers of Pico’s Weblog —2 for 1 admission to ZooFari for Families on Saturday, August 20!  To take advantage of this special offer, you must call (812) 435-6143 ext. 407 or 422, and mention that you heard about this offer on Pico’s Weblog.  Please read below for more details!!

 Grab your budding explorer and come to Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden for a day of fun. You and your junior partner will be treated to an exciting quest to solve zoo-related puzzles and riddles and earn cool prizes—and you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and animal visits too.

 How Does it Work?  Each team will answer a clue or riddle at each of 11 locations around the Zoo.  There will be a set time limit to answer all clues.  Once the clues are answered or the time has run out, all clue books will be turned in.  At this time, all participants will eat lunch and the winners will be announced. 

 Grand Prize: Sports Table from Escalade Sports valued at $700.   Prizes for other top finishing teams, and prize for Best Team Name/Costume.  Prizes include gift cards, movie passes, stuffed animals, games, toys and more!

 Ticket includes:  Admission to the zoo, lunch, party favors for each child, adopt an animal opportunities, and visits from some special animal friends.  A drink cart will be on grounds to keep you cool.  Special ticket price is $20 for a team of 2.

 Suggested ages:  Children ages 7-11.  Every child must be accompanied by at least one adult.

 Team registration/orientation: 9:30 at the Fountain Plaza by the Front Gate. 

Proceeds to benefit the Zoo’s new reptile exhibit!

Don’t forget Zoofari for Adults.  Check meskerparkzoo.com for details!!

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