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August 2019

Member’s Night 2019

August 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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August 14, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. This one of a kind event is all about our members and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a member, now is your chance to find out! You’re invited to a fun-filled evening of animal enrichments, behind the scenes experiences, kids activities, dinner and more. This annual event celebrates the contribution members make to the future of the zoo. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR NON-MEMBERS! Those non-member attendees who purchase a ticket will…

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Enrichment Event: Day of the Cotton Top Tamarin

August 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Day of the Cotton Top Tamarin is a national holiday in Colombia, where the cotton top tamarins are found. On that day everyone is invited to celebrate and show their support for conservation conservation. We have a fascinating family of cotton top tamarins, including mom, dad, offspring born in October 2018 and a pair of babies born in May 2019. We will celebrate on Wednesday, August 21, with special enrichments for the cotton tops and other South American species…

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Public Conservation Talk: Cheetah Conservation

August 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us for a public conservation talk about cheetah conservation! This event is FREE but donations are always welcome!   Join us for an incredible chance to see Mary Wykstra, Action For Cheetahs Director, talk about a decade of cheetah conservation in Kenya. Action for Cheetah's mis­sion is to pro­mote the con­ser­va­tion of chee­tahs through research, aware­ness and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in Kenya.

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September 2019

Grandparent’s Day at the Zoo- All Grandparents Get FREE Admission

September 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating grandparents day by spending a day at the zoo! All grandparents receive free admission to the zoo on September 8, 2019.

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Red Panda Day Celebration

September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come celebrate red pandas! Whether you are already a fan or you don’t know much about them (or even what they are), this is your chance to learn more. A zookeeper and docents will be on hand to share information about the red pandas’ special adaptations, their care in the zoo, and what’s being done to help them in the wild. See red pandas in action as they receive bamboo and special enrichment, and enjoy family activities such as children’s…

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FALCONERS Special Boo at the Zoo

September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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FALCONERS is designed to allow children or adults of all ages with special needs and unique challenges (such as autism or developmental disabilities) and their whole family to have an enriching educational experience in a safe, welcoming and sensory friendly environment. There will be one sensory friendly event in Lansing, Michigan per month throughout 2019. FALCONERS Special Boo at the Zoo! Friday, October 18: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM For our October activity, we will be hosting a very special…

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World Rhino Day

September 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Join us in celebrating the 10th annual World Rhino Day at Potter Park Zoo! Did you know there are only 35 Javan rhinos left in the wild? Or in 2017 there were 1,028 rhinos poached in South Africa alone? The threat of extinction is alarming as these animals are disappearing due to intense poaching. Join us at World Rhino Day to learn about rhino conservation tables and play rhino themed games, and come see our resident (and expecting!) black rhinos…

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September FALCONERS: Sundown Safari Camping

September 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - September 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am
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FALCONERS is designed to allow children or adults of all ages with special needs and unique challenges (such as autism or developmental disabilities) and their whole family to have an enriching educational experience in a safe, welcoming and sensory-friendly environment. There will be one sensory-friendly event in Lansing, Michigan per month throughout 2019. FALCONERS Sundown Safari! Saturday, September 28: 6:00 PM to Sunday, September 29: 9:00 AM For our September event, we will be holding an evening experience with the…

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Ingham County FREE Day

September 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Ingham County residents will receive free admission to Potter Park Zoo on September 29. We'll be open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please bring an ID with proof of Ingham County residency. See you at this fun (FREE) event! NOTE: Visitors will still be responsible for parking fees.

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October 2019

College Day

October 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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College Day  All college students get free admission to the zoo with a valid student identification card! (including any children of the student). Don’t miss the exciting enrichment event on the same day! Between 1 and 3 p.m. the animals will be having a pre-celebration to kick off the excitement of the BIG game between the Michigan State Spartans and the University of Michigan Wolverines. The animals will be making their prediction on the outcomes of the game, based on…

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