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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 […]

Throwback Thursday: 20 Years of The BIG Zoo Lesson

  Since 2000, about 23,000 students from area schools have attended Potter Park Zoo’s award-winning BIG Zoo Lesson study trip for an amazing learning experience. That number of people would fill 1 1/2 Breslin Centers or almost one-third of Spartan Stadium. Hallmarks of the program include the zoo becoming the classroom every day for a […]

World Migratory Bird Day 2021

In 1993, Environment for the Americas began a widespread initiative to educate and inspire others about the wonders of bird migrations that take place in the spring and winter of every year. Approximately 1,800 of the 10,000 known bird species are considered migrating species, and upwards of 4 billion birds travel throughout North, Central and […]

Throwback Thursday: Lemurs at the Zoo

Kyna and Madi are Potter Park Zoo’s new ring-tailed lemurs. This mother-daughter pair begins a new era of lemurs at the zoo after thirty years since the first troop arrived in 1988 as a new species at the zoo. That first year they summered on the old Monkey Island and wintered indoors before moving into […]