Mary Keister, Chaffee Zoo
Big feet, trees, eggs, tusks, furs, cinnamon, bones, fruit, feathers, skulls, veggies – oddball collection? No! These are items for a Pre-Zoo experience at our kindergarten/first grade zoo preview.
Barbara Bunting, Bronx Zoo
A slide presentation will show how the Bronx Zoo provides for the enrichment of the animals in its care. The newest exhibit. Tiger Mountain is a state of the art exhibit that provides a variety of activities for the tigers to replicate what occurs in the wild.
Bats of the World
Carol Hunt and Tom Venier, Organization for Bat Conservation
Often misunderstood and maligned, bats around the world play a vital environmental role in every ecosystem they occupy. Come learn more about these adorable “fearsome” creatures of the night.
Bears and Brambles say “I Do”: Wedding Flora and Fauna at the Oregon Zoo
Becky Lovejoy, Oregon Zoo
Animals and their habitat are inseparable. Learn why animal-focused volunteer programs and horticulture departments should work together to expand decent training, capture more visitor interest, give fundraising a new twist and develop more conservation projects.
Beyond the Birds and the Bees -Incorporating Plants into Animal Tours
Gerri Martin, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Overcome your apathy, learn about some of the amazing adaptations plants have evolved to “use” animals. Discover how many aspects of plant life can easily be used in talks and tours of your zoo, whether or not it is a botanical garden.
California Condors Return to Oregon
Gloria Koch, Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo’s mission is to create a Better Future for Wildlife. As part of this goal, the zoo became a member of the California Condor Recovery Team. Learn how condors have returned to Oregon.
Experiencing All the Senses in Interpretation
Sherrill Jackson, Detroit Zoological Institute
This will be a short presentation with a demonstration that will test participants’ use of their senses: Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch. 1 will be deleting sight.
From Web Surfer to Webmaster in 60 Days: The Story of the Newsletter for Oregon ZooGuides
Gloria Koch, Oregon Zoo
Learn how the Oregon ZooGuides are saving paper and postage and still get news out fast to ZooGuides by going “on-line.” Take a walk with us through the private web site of the Oregon Zoo- Guides.
The Inclusive Zoo Experience: Marrying Flora, Fauna and Challenged Visitors
Marilyn McCormick, Henry Doorly Zoo
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo’s Garden of the Senses incorporates plants, birds and art forms with special emphasis on reaching the handicapped. Many zoos can achieve similar results on a smaller scale.
Molding Your Conservation Bell
Keri Dearborn, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden
Is Conservation a concept or an activity at your Zoo? In 2002, we began molding an active decent Conservation Program. You can too! Come join us in building a conservation network that rings out across the country.
Planning a New Exhibit (Or Marriage of Horticulture with a Petting Zoo)
Debbie Vaughn-Wright and Danielle Green, Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta recently opened a new exhibit for our children’s zoo. Learn about the planning process, selection of plants, landscape features and how they tie in with exhibit interpretation.
Polar Bear Hair Myth
David Schaffer et al, Philadelphia Zoo
We compared polar bear hair to fur from other mammals to see if it was unique. There were marked similarities, and we concluded that the thermoregulatory function of polar bear hair is to provide insulation, not heat generation.
The Power of the Pen: Writing as Education, Inspiration and Provocation
Becky Lovejoy, Oregon Zoo
Educate and entertain by personalizing the zoo and aquarium experience with the power of the written word. Learn how dramatic readings, newsletters and a variety of self-published pieces can expand responsibility and stewardship for wildlife.
Return the Call of the Wild
Joan Henschel, Janet Krevenas, Ann Swan, Philadelphia Zoo
How to get from cell phones to Douc Langurs. Learn about this amazing monkey and how we began a cell phone recycling program at the Philadelphia Zoo to help support this endangered species.
Ringing Our Own Bells: Exceptional Docents
Marge Drugay, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
This presentation will report the findings of a study conducted at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum to determine how satisfied docents are with their lives and their experience of volunteering.
Up Close and Personal
John Bernard and Carole Price, Philadelphia Zoo
This “sex tour” is a light-hearted but factual tour given to adult visitors. The tour provides both a scientific and entertaining way to look at animals.
Susan Schmelzer, Denver Zoo
This presentation will introduce an authentic science experience designed especially for the hard-to-reach Middle School student.
The Zoo Trunk
Lori Licata and Susan Nickson, Buffalo Zoo
The Zoo Trunk is the Buffalo Zoo’s unique Docent created outreach program for preschool or kindergarten-aged children. It was designed with fun learning activities, which serve as an introduction to the world of animals.
ZooBoo: A Halloween Spectacular
Laurie Machen and Susan Weil, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
ZooBoo is the Pittsburgh Zoo’s largest yearly fund-raising project. Keeping decent interest, creativity and motivation from turning into ZooBoo Burnout is a priority of the ZooBoo Committee. Constant evolution is necessary to make this 15,000 plus person event exciting for volunteer involvement