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Author: Heath Thurman

Potter Park Zoo’s Wolves Relocate

Gray wolves Kamots and Tikanni, two of Potter Park Zoo’s most beloved animals, have moved back to the zoo where they were born. Kamots and Tikanni are siblings born in 2014 at Zoo New York at Thompson Park in Watertown, NY, and have captivated guests with their spine-chilling howls and playful personalities for eight years. After being […]

Monarchs in My Yard

When we moved into our house a year ago, the yard needed a little work. Quite a few weeds were growing in the mulch around the house. Among those weeds were several milkweed plants. I knew these plants made good food for caterpillars, so we pulled all the weeds and kept the milkweed. Last summer […]

Potter Park Zoo and Binder Park Zoo Provide Hands-on Experience for MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) Summer Research Students

Josie Daniel and Hunter Ferchaw, third year Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) veterinary students, spent this summer conducting research and assisting with clinical zoo cases, under the mentorship of MSU CVM adjunct professors and zoo veterinarians, Dr. Kim Thompson of Binder Park Zoo and Dr. Ronan Eustace of Potter Park Zoo, […]

Potter Park Zoo Team Assists in Conservation of the Piping Plover

The piping plover, a small shorebird driven to near extinction in Michigan in the 1980’s, is on the road to recovery thanks to help from the Great Lakes Piping Plover (GIPIPL) captive-rearing program and Potter Park Zoo’s animal care team.  For many years, zoo staff have participated in this important conservation effort working to ensure […]

Potter Park Zoo Hosts 2nd Annual Sensory Friendly Campground Dinner

Potter Park Zoo held its 2nd Annual Sensory Friendly Campground Dinner Aug. 4 as part of its FALCONERS program. FALCONERS is in its seventh year at Potter Park and provides low-sensory events each month for individuals and families with unique challenges such as autism and developmental disabilities. After the success of last year’s campground dinner, […]

Endangered Red Panda Cub Born at Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo’s red panda Maliha gave birth to a cub July 21, 2022. This is Maliha’s second successful litter with the cub’s father Deagan-Reid. Animal care staff monitor mom and the cub daily through a camera mounted in the nest box where they are both resting. Veterinary staff will continue to conduct regular wellness checks in the coming weeks to […]

Bintlets Born at Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo celebrated Independence Day with the birth of baby bintlets. Female binturong (Arctictis binturong) Thistle gave birth to three babies the evening of July 4. This is the first binturong birth at the zoo in over two decades. Two of three babies are thriving. However, the third bintlet was found to be sick and despite 24-hour care by veterinary […]