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Creature Feature

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Journey behind the scenes of Alexandria Zoo as we explore captivating animal stories and share our passion for wildlife and wild places.

Alexandria Zoo's new weekly web series, Creature Feature, offers viewers untamed access to our extraordinary animals and the dedicated individuals that provide them with exceptional care.

Creature Feature can be viewed on Alexandria Zoo’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. New episodes air Thursdays.

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World Frog Day

Hop over to Alexandria Zoo for World Frog Day

"Every journey begins with a single hop." – Kermit the Frog

What's so important about frogs? Frogs and other amphibians are not only a key link in the food web, they also serve as environmental indicators and are vital resources for human medicines.

On Saturday, March 17 from 10 am – 2 pm, Alexandria Zoo is celebrating these amazing animals with World Frog Day, part of our Lagniappe Series.

"World Frog Day is chance for us to appreciate these unique and sometimes misunderstood creatures," said Curator of Education Zakary Shafer.

See how you measure up in a jump off with various frogs, watch live feeding demonstrations, and make your own toad abode to protect frogs that live near you.

Visitors will also get a look at some of the zoo's newest additions. "We are so excited to share with everyone, our new amphibian ambassadors, the red-eyed tree frogs," said Shafer.

Join Alexandria Zoo for some "ribbeting" fun and leap into action for frogs.

World Frog Day is part of Alexandria Zoo’s Lagniappe Series. All activities are included with regular admission. FOTAZ Members are free with card and photo ID.

School Field Trips

Ignite your students' curiosity

Is your class or group planning a trip to the Zoo? Alexandria Zoo offers unparalleled opportunities to ignite your students’ curiosity for wildlife and wild places.

"The Zoo really is an extension of the classroom that can be utilized by teachers and community members to connect children and really people of all ages to the wonders of wildlife in a unique, engaging, and inspiring way," said Curator of Education Zakary Shafer.

The Education Department offers short, 20-minute programs held during your field trip. These engaging, inquiry-based programs include up-close encounters with some of Alexandria Zoo's education animal ambassadors. There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission.

"Each program is taught using scientific inquiry and is adapted to the age and size of your class or group," said Shafer. "They are exciting with hands on animal encounters, educational with applicable next gen science standards, and have just enough theatrics to make them fun!"

Programs topics include Forest Friends, Gross Out, Conservation Heroes, Predator & Prey: A Game of Survival, and Animal Kingdom. Education programs can be scheduled online when reserving your field trip date.

For program topic descriptions and other essential field trip information, please click here.

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Applications being accepted for summer internships

Applications are now being accepted for summer internship opportunities at Alexandria Zoo. Students can gain valuable experience and develop a variety of professional skills in the areas of conservation education, animal care, conservation research, volunteer management and communications.

Students must be enrolled as a sophomore or higher in an accredited college/university or recently graduated in an applicable field of study.

For more information on internship opportunities and requirements, please click here.

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Love Connection: Saving species through matchmaking

"Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch." For humans, finding Mr. or Mrs. Right has evolved from little black books to online dating sites, but what about finding that perfect mate in the animal world?

For AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facilities, Species Survival Plans (SSP) determine animal matchmaking. The program was created to help ensure the survival of selected endangered or threatened species.

"SSPs utilize databases that contain information on all of the animals in AZA zoos and aquariums," said General Curator Lisa Laskoski. "This includes each animal’s entire demographic history and family lineage." The data is critical to pairing animals in order to maintain healthy, genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations, not only for today, but also well into the future.

Alexandria Zoo participates in over 50 Species Survival Plan programs for animals ranging from a 400-gram Prevost's squirrel to a 450-pound Aldabra tortoise. "When matching animals, the SSP coordinators consider factors such as genetics, logistics, personality, and space availability," said Laskoski. This means participation in these programs does not always equate to a breeding pair of animals. AZA zoos and aquariums also provide spaces for elderly animals or other individuals without breeding recommendations.

In addition to population management, SSPs also participate in a variety of other cooperative conservation activities such as research, public education, reintroduction, and field projects.

AZA accredited zoos and aquariums continue to play an increasing role in wildlife conservation. Through programs such as SSPs, zoos and aquariums are working together to ensure extinction meets its match.

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Squirrel of a different color

Step outside just about anywhere in Louisiana and you're likely to spot a squirrel. However, unlike the gray (Sciurus carolinensis) or fox (Sciurus niger) squirrel, you won't see this one in your backyard.

The Prevost's squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii) is found in the forests, cultivated areas and gardens of Southeast Asia. This species is also called the tri-colored squirrel. Their striking black, white and chestnut red bands of fur make them one of the most colorful squirrels in the world.

The Prevost's squirrel is not endangered, but plantations have replaced much of its native habitat. An easy way to help Prevost’s squirrels and their forest friends is to choose products that are eco-friendly. Making simple changes in our purchasing can go a long way towards conserving resources and animal habitats.

Alexandria Zoo participates in the Prevost's Squirrel Species Survival Plan®. Through programs like SSPs, AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across North America work together to help maintain healthy and self-sustaining populations.

Where is the Prevost's squirrel in the Zoo? Its current temporary home is at the Australian Walkabout.


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Parade over to Alexandria Zoo for the Mardi Gras Party

Parade over to Alexandria Zoo for the Mardi Gras Party

The animals are askin' for you at Alexandria Zoo! Don your purple, green and gold and parade over to the Zoo for the Mardi Gras Party Saturday, February 10 from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Sink your teeth into a delicious slice of Atwood’s Bakery king cake, mambo to live music by the LaCour Trio, and visit with costume characters.

Regular Zoo admission. FOTAZ members are free with card and photo ID. Sponsored by Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, Atwood's Bakery, and City of Alexandria.

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Brown pelicans join Alexandria Zoo's flock

Brown pelicans join Alexandria Zoo's flock

Grover, Bert, and Elmo, three juvenile brown pelicans, have moved into the neighborhood. The trio is now at home in the Louisiana Habitat exhibit.

Brown pelicans hunt with spectacular head-first dives. They will fly high up into the air, then fold back their wings and plunge into the water to scoop up fish. The wild born birds all have wing injuries that prevent them from being rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

The brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird, is a conservation success story. The population faced a drastic decline as a result of the extensive use of the pesticide DDT, which is now banned. After nearly forty years, the brown pelican was removed from the endangered species list in 2009.

Zoo staff assists local bird count

Zoo staff members assist local bird count

Conservation is a goal in every action we take at Alexandria Zoo. In a step towards achieving these goals, Alexandria Zoo recently participated in the annual Holiday Bird Count hosted by the Audubon Society.

A team from Alexandria Zoo's animal care staff volunteered their time and skill set to aid local bird watchers. Arriving in the field early in the morning the team was able to spot over 50 unique species throughout the day including hawks, kingfishers, and owls.

"The counts of the species the team saw will be added to the national database and will provide crucial data to conservationist and policy makers for years to come," said Zakary Shafer, Curator of Education. This in turn will aid native birds through habitat restoration and development.

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