I’m happy to share that the American Flamingo, African Spoonbill, Hamerkop, and Red and Green Macaw have been moved back to the zoo! Visitors can, once again, feed a flamingo alongside animal care staff in the Wildlife Circle. For the safety of the birds during the ongoing avian flu outbreak, the JMZ has provided booties and foot washing stations for visitors to use in the zoo. If we all do our part to keep the birds safe when visiting the zoo, the JMZ may be able to bring back the rest of the bird collection and the “Loose in the Zoo” experience!
This month, we feature a recent tour of the JMZ by 30 plus educators from Bing Nursery School. The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and Bing have long histories of facilitating childhood learning. The goals for the tour were for staff from both the JMZ and Bing to learn from each other, and to be inspired by how both institutions encourage children to learn through their own curiosity. We spoke with former educator and current Friends board member Kelly Bavor about the unique opportunity this tour presented both Bing and the JMZ.
I hope to see you at the JMZ soon. Best wishes for the holidays and a very happy and healthy New Year!
President, Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo