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January 14, 2010 - Zoo Announces Mural Finalists
Potter Park Zoo is proud to announce the winners of its 2010 Stanley S. Levandowski, Sr. Memorial Zoo Mural project.

January 6, 2010 - Judges Select Finalists in Memorial Zoo Mural Project
Potter Park Zoo is excited to announce that 10 finalists have been selected from over 150 entries from local artists in the Stanley S. Levandowski, Sr. Memorial Zoo Mural project.

December 21, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo to Host Holiday Enrichment Day
Join your furry and feathered friends at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, January 9 as they receive their edible holiday presents!

December 16, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo seeks Volunteers at Docent Recruitment Day
Potter Park Zoological Society is now accepting applications for participants in the Potter Park Zoo Docent program.

November 9, 2009 - Wonderland of Lights Sets Aglow Nov. 27
Potter Park Zoo will shine with holiday fun as thousands of shimmering lights illuminate the zoo during the 17th annual Wonderland of Lights that kicks off November 27.

October 30, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Announces Free Admission, Winter Hours
Colder temperatures mean big changes at Potter Park Zoo, including free admission to one of the most exciting seasons to observe animal activity.  

October 26, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Unveils Proposed Master Plan Design Concept
Conceptual design plans for the Potter Park Zoo master plan are now available online and at the zoo for public review.

October 20, 2010 - Potter Park Zoo to Host Pumpkinfest Animal Enrichment Day
Trick-or-treating will start early for the animals of Potter Park Zoo!

October 14, 2009 - Zoo to Close Early for Wine and Stein Event
In preparation for the Potter Park Zoological Society Wine and Stein event, Potter Park Zoo will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2009.

October 13, 2009
- Have a Say in Potter Park Zoo’s Future!
Lansing area residents can have a say in the future of Potter Park Zoo at a design workshop to discuss the zoo’s new master plan currently in the works.

October 9, 2009 - First Annual Scarecrow Contest at Potter Park Zoo
There’s nothing more fun in the fall than making scarecrows! That’s why the Potter Park Zoological Society is thrilled to announce its first ever “Scarecrow Alley Contest”.

October 7, 2009 - Boo at the Zoo Offers Family Chills and Thrills
Little ghosts, goblins, rhinos and monkeys are invited to one of Lansing’s most popular Halloween extravaganzas, Boo at the Zoo!

September 30, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Announces Free Day for Ingham County Residents
Potter Park Zoo will hold a free day for the residents of Ingham County and the City of Lansing on Saturday October 3, 2009.

September 28, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Closed Due to a Local Gas Line Leak
Potter Park Zoo has been closed due to a gas line leak at the intersection at Mt. Hope and Washington.  
September 25, 2009 - Announcing the First Annual Wine and Stein at Potter Park Zoo
Raise your glass to rhino conservation and join Potter Park Zoo for an after-hours beer and wine tasting event in the wildest setting in town at the first annual “Wine and Stein” on October 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

September 9. 2009 - Show Team Spirit at Potter Park Zoo
Spartan and Wolverine fans are invited to begin the big game festivities early this year with a special day at Potter Park Zoo.

September 3, 2009 - Last Chance: “Wings from Down Under” interactive aviary to close Labor Day
There's still time to enjoy the bright colors of the exotic Australian birds at Potter Park Zoo.

September 2, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Presents America’s Most Wanted (and least investigated) Pets
Thinking about adopting a new pet? Join the Potter Park Zoo for an interactive informational event discussing, “America’s Most Wanted (but least investigated) Pets,” on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from Noon to 4 p.m.

August 27, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo to Host Renowned Speaker on Black Rhino Conservation
Potter Park Zoo will host guest speaker Daniel Kasoo, Maasai Warrior, village elder, and Assistant Manager and Head Guide for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2009 in the zoo’s Safari Room.

August 5, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Announces Tenrec Birth
Potter Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec. The baby was born on June 24, 2009 to one of the only breeding females in the United States.

July 29, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Participates in Statewide Conservation Study
Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University are teaming up for a second year to conduct a groundbreaking conservation study tracking the habits of two snake species native to Michigan.  

Jul 23, 2009 - ‘Wings from Down Under’ Reopens
Potter Park Zoo’s popular new exhibit, Wings from Down Under, reopened with a clean bill of health from zoo veterinarians.

July 15, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo to host Animal Enrichment Day
Summer fun at the Potter Park Zoo continues on Sunday July 26, when the zoo will host Just Chillin’ with the Animals Summer Enrichment event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

June 26, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Temporarily Closes Australian Bird Exhibit
On Thursday, June 25, 2009, the Potter Park Zoo closed the Wings from Down Under interactive Australian aviary to the public, due to a disease called psittacosis, which is also known as parrot fever or ornithosis.

June 24, 2009 - Name Chosen for Potter Park Zoo’s Baby Camel
After weeks of excitement and anticipation Potter Park Zoo is proud to announce Nikolai as the winning name selected for the zoo’s three-month old Bactrian camel.

June 23, 2009 - First Annual Rhino Romp a Huge Success
More than 1,000 people converged on Potter Park Zoo for the 1st annual Rhino Romp family fun day on Saturday June 13, 2009.  

June 17, 2009 - New Amur Tiger Debuts at Potter Park Zoo
Once again, the Potter Park Zoo is celebrating a wave of new additions. Over the past several months Potter Park Zoo has welcomed an array of new arrivals, including a 230-pound female Amur tiger that will make her public debut at the zoo Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

June 3, 2009 - Vote to Name Potter Park Zoo’s Baby Bactrian Camel
The latest addition to the Potter Park Zoo family, a baby Bactrian camel born on April 4, 2009, has already been charming visitors but he still needs a name.

May 27, 2009
- Potter Park Zoo of Lansing to host Annual Family Fun Day
Potter Park Zoo is offering up some good old fashioned family fun on Saturday, June 13, 2009 with “Rhino Romp,” an event featuring a wide array of family fun activities including the new and improved one mile kids’ race.

May 21, 2009
- Australian Bird Exhibit Grand Opening Ceremony
Potter Park Zoo staff will be joined by Ingham County Commissioner Debbie De Leon, Potter Park Zoo Board President, Rick Kibbey, and Mike McDonald, chairperson of the Ingham County Parks & Recreation Commission, for the grand opening of the new “Wings from Down Under” interactive aviary.

May 20, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Helps Preserve, Reintroduce Endangered Toad Into Wild
Potter Park Zoo was thrilled to participate recently with seven other zoological institutions in an effort to preserve the critically endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad through a reintroduction program.

May 13, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Interactive Australian Bird Exhibit
Potter Park Zoo will celebrate the grand opening of a major new exhibit Wings from Down Under on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

May 1, 2009
- Potter Park Zoo Prepares for Future Animal Births
The Potter Park Zoo announced today that it received a donation of an incubator from Sparrow Hospital located in Lansing, Michigan.

April 29, 2009
- Potter Park Zoo Announces Docent Graduates
More than twenty-five Lansing area community members, the largest in the zoo’s history, graduated from the Potter Park Zoological Society Docent training sessions on April 4, 2009.  

April 21, 2009 - Jack Hanna Event has Sold Out
Potter Park Zoo’s Jack Hanna event has sold out to the public.

March 30, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Welcomes Jack Hanna
The Potter Park Zoo welcomes famed animal expert Jungle Jack Hanna and his critter comrades for a special presentation on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

March 25, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Plans Party for the Planet
Help celebrate the Earth while learning new ways to keep the planet healthy when Potter Park Zoo hosts it annual Party for the Planet event in conjunction with over 150 zoos across the nation on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from noon to 4:00p.m.

March 18, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Society Seeks Volunteers During Volunteer Awareness Event
Potter Park Zoo Society is seeking enthusiastic individuals to serve as zoo volunteers!  

January 21, 2009 - Kohl’s Gives $500 Donation to the Potter Park Zoological Society
The Potter Park Zoological Society announced today that it received a $500 donation as well as many volunteer service hours from the Kohl’s A-Team volunteers located at the West Saginaw branch in Lansing.

January 14, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Lemur to Receive CT Scan at MSU
Potter Park Zoo staff and specialists from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine will be conducting a CT scan on one of the zoo’s Mongoose Lemurs, Friday, January 16, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

January 12, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo Unveils Plans for Rhino Expansion Project
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that Potter Park Zoo reveals preliminary plans for the new Eastern Black Rhino Exhibit.

January 5, 2009 - Potter Park Zoo to Host Winter Gifts for the Animals Enrichment Day
Potter Park Zoo will wrap up their holiday festivities with a special animal enrichment event, Winter Gifts for the Animals, on Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.