Winter 2011 e-news ... promoting the stewardship of nature through enjoyment, understanding and involvement. ‘Tis the Season at Micke Grove Zoo! For three magical weekends, Micke Grove Zoo will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. Bring the whole family and enjoy twinkling lights, games, crafts, refreshments and rides through Micke Grove Park on a horse-drawn carriage! Have your family photo taken with Santa to commemorate this fun holiday event. Refreshments will be available for purchase from DeGrande's Café and Bakery. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children (children under three are free). Guests may bring a donation of canned food to benefit the Emergency Food Bank and receive one free child's admission per family. The dates for this year's ZooLights are December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, and 16th & 17th. Each night the event runs from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We can't wait to see you there! Happy holidays! Give a Gift to the Zoo Donate your cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and Rvs! Your tax-deductible donation to the Micke Grove Zoological Society will support Zoo operations and educational programs. Support the Micke Grove Zoo and clean out your garage at the same time! Call toll free 1-888-686-4483 or donate online: www.cardonationservices.com HAVE A During the holidays, 25 percent more waste is produced than at other times of the year. Are there ways we can have a more earth-friendly holiday? Of course! Decorate with LED lights and packaging peanuts. LED lights use 90% less energy than GREEN incandescent bulbs and don't get hot, so they're safe for indoors and outdoors. String packaging peanuts like popcorn to hang on the tree. Be a “green” shopper. Don't forget to take your reusable shopping bags. Buy HOLIDAY! products that have less packaging. Shop online to save gas and reduce air pollution. Give memberships to organizations like the Zoo or to gyms. Donations to charities, movie tickets, or gift certificates for massages or car washes are great green gifts. Create your own coupons for mowing the lawn or grocery shopping. Be creative with gift wrapping. Comic strips, sheet music and maps all make great wrapping paper. Cut open paper bags, and rubber-stamp the the inside. Use containers for gifts—wine boxes, baskets, flower pots, cereal and other food boxes, reusable shopping bags. How about wrapping with scarves, pillowcases or towels? Recycle wrapping paper, cards and packaging that can't be reused. Recycle your tree. Even better, get a potted tree that you can plant in the ground when it gets bigger. ANIMAL Happenings Winter 2011/2012 e-news New Addition … Birth of a Chilean pudu fawn on September 11th was a bright spot on an otherwise somber day. Smallest of the deer family, pudu include both the Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) from the Andes in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador and the Southern Pudu (Pudu puda) found in the southern Andes of Argentina and Chile. This diminutive species grows to a height of less than 20 The pudu fawn weighed just over one inches at the shoulder, with adults pound at birth! typically weighing no more than 25-30 pounds. The fawn, 570 grams (slightly more than one pound) at birth, has grown rapidly. At four weeks it had almost quadrupled its weight and is anticipated to reach adult size at three months of age! As with other deer species, male pudu grow antlers that are shed annually. Fawns are born with spots to help conceal them when they are young and more vulnerable. In their native environment, pudu live in Pudu are found in the Andes Mountains of South America. dense vegetation giving some protection from a number of potential predators such as horned owls, foxes and small cats. As with many wild species, the biggest threat they face is habitat destruction. The two pudu species are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Breeding at Micke Grove Zoo is part of an international effort to preserve pudu before the species become extinct. Both the mother and father were born in 2007 – the mother at Sedgwick County Zoo (Wichita, Kansas) and the father at Micke Grove Zoo. Moving On … In recent weeks Micke Grove Zoo staff said good-bye to two employees - Zoo Curator Matt McKim and Animal Care Specialist Annamarie Alteri. Now working at the Sacramento Zoo as Director of Collections, Matt came to Micke Grove as an Animal Care Specialist and later became Zoo Curator. During his 11 years with us Matt was involved in virtually every aspect of Micke Grove Grove Zoo operation and development. Matt says goodbye to the UC Davis veterinary crew at a lunch in his honor. Annamarie, her husband Tom (who is serving on the MGZS Board of Directors) and son Gino are beginning a new adventure overseeing a ranch in Buellton, California. Starting at Micke Grove in animal care, Annamarie had more recently focused her diverse skills on the Zoo's education programs. Her new ideas and energy have stimulated growth in Micke Grove's program services. We are grateful to both Annamarie and Matt for their work to benefit Micke Annamarie's familiarity with animal care brought new vitality to education programs. Grove Zoo and those served by the Zoo's exhibits and programs. Page 2 Micke Grove Zoo Memberships and Animal Adoptions Make Great Holiday Gifts! Membership Package Members receive Free ? entry to Micke Grove Park and Zoo Free ? or reduced admission to many other zoos and aquariums across the U.S. ?Member discounts at the Zoo's gift shop ?Discounts on education programs, field trips and camps Free ? subscription to the Zoo e-newsletter ?Invitations to members-only events Zoo Parents Packages Zoo Parents will receive: Creature Comfort Package - $25 ? Personalized certificate Photo ? of your animal Fact ? sheet with species information ? Recognition for a full year on the Zoo Parents board ? Invitation to the annual Zoo Parents/Members event Share the Care Package - $50 All of ? the benefits of the Creature Comfort Package, plus Four ? zoo admission passes ? Recognition in the Zoo E-Newsletter Save $5 and choose “e-doption”. Printed adoption materials will be emailed to you. Visit mgzoo.com for information, pricing and application forms. Contact us at email@example.com or 209-331-2010. We will help you to select the perfect gift. ZOO GIFT SHOP HOURS The Micke Grove Zoo Gift Shop will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. We will also be open for ZooLights the first three Friday and Saturday evenings in December. Please stop in and look through our wonderful selection of animal and nature-related gifts for all the children on your list as well as your animal-loving friends and relatives. Page 3 ZOOVIES-MOVIES Winter 2011/2012 NIGHT AT THE ZOO e-news Wayne Craig, Zoovies Chair Micke Grove Zoological Society Board Member Micke Grove Zoological Society sponsored Zoovies-Movies Night at the Zoo on October 8th as a fundraising event. Three movies were shown on three screens placed throughout the Zoo. The event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance. DeGrande's Catering nearly ran out of food and the clowns were twisting balloons for almost two hours. Prior to the movies, Key Club volunteers made crafts with the kids and bagged the free popcorn and the Zoo's Education Staff presented special reptile and spider hands-on introductions. The weather was perfect and it was very cool sitting amongst the animals watching movies with the full moon rising. At one point when the spider monkeys were howling, I turned to a neighbor and Guests at Zoovies enjoyed movies, food … said "bet you don't have that sound in your backyard". The best part and clowns, too. of the evening was seeing all of the happy faces. Several people approached me to say how much fun they were having and sure hoped we would do the event next year. Many people suggested we offer movies throughout the summer. Wayne Craig chaired the successful, and first ever, Platinum Sponsors supporting Zoovies included, The Diede Companies and SOOPCO. The Diede Zoovies. Companies is a privately-held commercial building contractor, developer and real estate investment group based in Lodi. SOOPCO, the Stockton Olive Oil Project Charitable Organization, is a small group of individuals who press and sell olive oil and give 100% of the proceeds to local charities for children. For more information contact John Dentoni at 929-1433. Other Zoovies sponsors included: Berberian Motors, Central Valley Community Bank, Snider-Diehl,-Rasmussen LLP, F&M Bank, Imada Design, FCB Homes, RLD Partners, Lodi Assoc. of Realtors, Lodi Irrigation, Lodi Wine Lab and Truex Insurance. The Society was very happy with the results of this event and will be exploring opportunities to offer it again. Let us know what you think. HOWL-O-WEEN Howl-O-Ween is well known in the area as an event that can be enjoyed by families with children of all ages. This year, in addition to the games, crafts and a costume parade, some very special guests made an appearance. In keeping with the Zoo's mission to educate visitors while keeping it fun, we brought in some very interesting winged, nocturnal animals, often associated with Halloween. The U.C. Davis California Raptor Center arrived early to present four different owls: a barn owl, a great horned owl, a saw-whet owl, and a burrowing owl.Visitors were treated to an up-close look at each of these fascinating birds – which were presented on the glove – while Raptor Center docents talked about habitats, diets, Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo guests were treated to owl and other interesting facts for each owl. Each of the four presentations was filled and bat presentations. to capacity! The Zoo also hosted some of the area's very tiniest nighttime hunters – bats. Aaron Morgan, from Flying Mammal Rescue brought three of the diminutive mammals to share with Zoo guests. Visitors enjoyed a fascinating talk about these often misunderstood animals, and were then invited to come up front for a closer look. An acrylic “bat box” allowed the presenters to handle the little animals mere inches from excited children (and adults!), most of whom had never seen a live bat up close. Many had an all new respect for these important – and almost always harmless – nighttime neighbors! As always, children all over the Zoo could be seen enjoying numerous fun and educational activities designed just for them. Kids were encouraged to select a pumpkin from the Zoo's pumpkin patch, and bring it over to the decorating table where they could customize it just as they wanted. Animal themed crafts such as egg carton bats and great horned owl puppets allowed children to take home unique decorations to display on Halloween night. Children were also able to test their throwing skills with bean-bag toss games and pumpkin ring toss. The afternoon culminated in the costume parade, which featured a long train of Costumed characters of all sizes roamed the excited children winding its way around the entire Zoo. To top it all off, the weather could not have been Zoo. better – beautiful sunshine contributed to making this day a huge success! Page 4 VOLUNTEER Winter 2011/2012 APPRECIATION e-news It is impossible for the Micke Grove Zoo staff to express just how grateful they are for the team of committed volunteers who donate their time to the animals and visitors of the Zoo. Numerous volunteers prepare diets for animals, present educational modules for visitors, perform a multitude of maintenance tasks and help with special events, extending the small Micke Grove Zoo staff and improving the zoo experience for guests. So as a small token of their appreciation, Zoo staff invited volunteers to come to the Zoo, after hours, for hors d'oeuvres, wine and an ice cream bar. Micke Grove Zoo volunteer opportunities include keeper aides, youth and adult docents, Lorikeets! exhibit volunteers, special event volunteers, Zoo Camp counselors, and others. Although all volunteers are appreciated, some were singled out for special recognition at the event. Special awards included: Chau Tran – Keeper Aide Rookie of the Year Aidan Backus – Youth Docent Rookie of the Year Ty Boyd – Youth Docent Good Egg Award Amy Carter – Adult Docent Good Egg Award Steve Trexel – Keeper Aide Good Egg Award Austin Frederick – Keeper Aide Good Egg Award Richard Beyer – Keeper Aide Good Egg Award Diane DeBruno – John Bredesen Inspiration Award Natalie Raye – Exceptional Friend of Micke Grove Zoo Kathy Gee – Exceptional Friend of Micke Grove Zoo Sue Rearic – Exceptional Friend of the Education Department Pamela Reyes – Exceptional Friend of the Education Department (Photos from top) Carol Barker and Amy Carter, recipient of the Good Egg Award, enjoying the evening. Former MGZ Docents Mitzi Shepherd and Inge Schuler were special Volunteer Recognition guests. Diane DeBruno, with Zoological Society Office Manager Monica Barragan, was honored with the John Bredesen Inspiration Award for her service to the Zoo. MGZS Board members Larry Simpfenderfer and Catey Campora helped make the recognition event a success. Micke Grove Zoological Society San Joaquin County Micke Grove Zoo is located in beautiful Board of Directors Board of Supervisors Micke Grove Park. Wayne Diede, President Frank L. Ruhstaller, District 2 Diane DeBruno, 1st Vice-President Chairman Open daily - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wendy Moore, 2nd Vice-President Steve J. Bestolarides, District 3 (Closed on December 25) Linda Jimenez, Secretary Vice-Chairman Phillip Felde, Treasurer Carlos Villapudua, District 1 Zoo Admission: Thomas Alteri Ken Vogel, District 4 Adults - $4, Children 3-17 - $2 Catey Campora Leroy Ornellas, District 5 Wayne Craig Vehicle admission to Micke Grove Park is Manuel Lopez, County $5 per car. Ruth Kessel Administrator Paul Kozlow Visit www.mgzoo.com for more Gwen Krenecki Craig Ogata, Director of Parks and Matthew McCarty Recreation information on Zoo programs and Larry Simpfenderfer Ken Nieland, Zoo & Interpretive Service services. Manager Page 5 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd. Lodi, CA 95240 See page 1 for dates and times!
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