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

Hunter Ferchaw, a second year veterinary student at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM), spent the past couple months as a Summer Research Student working with Dr. Kim Thompson of Binder Park Zoo and Dr. Ronan Eustace of Potter Park Zoo.  “The summer research program is a great opportunity to mentor the next […]

National ZooKeeper Week: Keeper Conversations

  For Zookeeper Week, we asked our keepers to share the most rewarding part of their jobs, as well as some memorable moments. Check it out! Ashleigh Winkelman, Area 60 (Hoofstock): “I really enjoy getting to teach kids about rhinos and why they are important. I’d say some of my favorite things to do are […]

Potter Park Zoo geriatric female lion taken to Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine for MRI  

Potter Park Zoo’s aging African lion Saida was transported to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for an MRI Wednesday after animal care staff noticed she was reluctant to move and appeared to be in pain. At 17 years of age, Saida is now a geriatric lion and on her last examination, veterinary staff […]

Throwback Thursday – River Otters at the Zoo

The North American river otters have long attracted visitors at the Potter Park Zoo with their appealing looks and energetic activities in the pool. They seem to have such a good time! Earliest reports of their presence at the zoo date back to the 1940s, and they have resided at Potter Park in every decade […]

Throwback Thursday: Camels at the Zoo

If you think of a camel, you are likely to consider the hump as its most notable characteristic. There are two kinds of camels – dromedaries and Bactrians. Dromedaries have one hump, and only exist today as domesticated animals in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, and as a large feral population […]

Throwback Thursday: Coral Reef Exhibit

“Clownfish, Corals, and Conservation,” also known as the Coral Reef Exhibit, opened in the special exhibits space of the Discovery Center in 2005. This experience provided close-up glimpses of the amazing diversity of reef life through the brilliant colors, shapes, and movement of its inhabitants. An inviting undersea setting was created with a delightful mural […]

Red Panda Confirmed Pregnant at Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is excited to share that seven-year-old endangered red panda Maliha is pregnant. The news follows her successful introduction to male Deagan-Reid, who was transferred from Zoo Knoxville earlier this year. The two were observed breeding, and an ultrasound completed by veterinary staff confirmed pregnancy in late May. Maliha also had a litter of cubs in […]

Throwback Thursday: Trains at the Zoo

Working railroad tracks have always bordered Potter Park Zoo to the north, bringing the sights and sounds of passing trains throughout the day. The animals seem to adapt to their presence. For the wolves the whistles of the trains can be the trigger for a good howl. The zoo got a train of its own […]