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National Zookeeper Week

Do you know the faces that keep our 230 animal species happy and healthy? Our zookeepers work in 100+ degree heat, clean up all different types of poop, and make sure our animals have the best lives. We have four different departments of keepers: IAC (Interpretative Animal Collection), HIIZ (Herpetology, Ichthyology, and Invertebrate Zoology), M&O (Mammalogy& Ornithology), and RFF (Raptor Free Flight).  Thank Our Zookeepers!
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Sharks & Rays: Busting Myths

Shark Week is here. And we are here to bust some myths about these misunderstood animals. 
Join us tomorrow night at Cool Summer Nights from 5-10 p.m. to learn more about these ocean dwellers and why they are so vital to the ecosystem. You can also sip on a 'Shark Bite' cocktail, meet our two horn sharks and their keeper, hear incredible stories from shark expert, Shaun Pipes, let a stingray touch you, and more.  Stay Smart About Sharks!

Photo: Manny Rubio
The Beauty of a Scorpion

Scorpions tend to be highly feared in the desert. However, a scorpion is more than pincers and a stinger. It too needs to make its way in the world, wary of predators and ultimately reproducing to be considered successful. Do you know the most common species of scorpion in southwest Arizona? You can often find bark, stripe-tailed, and giant desert hairy scorpions in our region. Remember: it's important for humans to live in harmony with their neighborhood animals.  Seek After Scorpions!

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Full Moon Festival

Did you know that each month's full moon has a special name? Celebrate August's full moon, the Sturgeon Moon, with us next Saturday, August 5, at Full Moon Festival (Cool Summer Nights) from 5-10 p.m. You can sip on a 'Supermoon' cocktail, spend time with our animated animals, listen to an engaging presentation by Dr. Kevin Hainline on the wonders of the night sky, enjoy live music by Haboob, and more.  Fascinated by the Full Moon?
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Flower Friday

The summer rains bring many things including beautiful blooms! As its name suggests, the white rain lily (Zephyranthes candida) explodes with flowers in response to rainfall and changes in humidity. In spite of its common name, this white wonder's flowers can vary in color including yellow, pink, and apricot. You can catch this pretty plant blooming at our Ironwood Terraces restaurant. 

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Volunteer Viernes

Do you love stingrays and care about ocean conservation? Consider becoming an Aquatic Interpreter! Our current volunteers love helping guests experience our Stingray Touch exhibit. They also share information about the different aquatic animals that live in the Sea of Cortez and why it is so important to conserve them. Aquatic Interpreters commit to volunteer for 7 months and participate in interesting training that fosters interpretive skills.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Sharks & Rays: Busting Myths  (July 29)
  • Full Moon Festival (August 5)
  • Creatures of the Night (August 12) 
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July 28, 2017