Month: March 2021

Throwback Thursday: Teen Zookeepers

Potter Park Zoo has offered a volunteer teen zookeeper program for over 30 years, providing hands-on opportunities for youth to explore the world of work at the zoo, and acquire knowledge and skills to prepare them for future employment.  The summer program began in the late 1980s, and was a joint effort between Potter Park’s […]

Become a Citizen Scientist: 2021 FrogWatch Training Sessions at Potter Park Zoo

Amphibians are some of the most threatened animals on the planet and the anurans (frogs and toads) represent roughly 90 percent of all amphibian species. They serve an important role in the ecosystem as indicators of environmental health. Their sensitivity to environmental changes has sparked efforts to understand the causes and geographic distribution of their […]

Throwback Thursday: Bald Eagles at the Zoo

The bald eagle exhibit at Potter Park gives a nod to our National Bird, and helps us share this species’ remarkable conservation success story. Fifty years ago, eagle populations had plummeted from the contamination of their food chain by the pesticide DDT. The federal government banned its use in 1972, and the Endangered Species Act […]

Potter Park Zoo Veterinary Department and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM): 50 years of collaboration honored with Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research. 

Spanning 50 years, the partnership between MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Potter Park Zoo is special. This relationship was honored recently with the Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research. Dr. Dalen Agnew, a pathologist with expertise in zoo animals and chair of MSU Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, is a strong proponent of […]

The Convenience of Destroying the Planet: Facing Down the Garbage Mountain

Eating. It’s the most normal thing there is. Eating gives us energy, it sustains us, it gets us through our day. Food is an essential part of our lives, our cultures, and our identities. We mark momentous occasions in our lives with food. We go to restaurants to celebrate birthdays, promotions, graduations, and we bring casseroles to our […]

Nitrogen Pollution

Everyone knows that pollution is bad. It is taught at a very young age. What most people don’t realize is that pollution is more than just the plastic in oceans or leaving cigarette butts on the ground. It also includes things like nitrogen pollution. Nitrogen pollution is an everyday occurrence, and it is a major […]