The Greenville Zoo is in the second week of its annual maintenance closure. The remaining projects are being checked off the list. The gift shop and ticket booth are receiving a fresh coat of paint. Debris from the tree cuttings have been removed. The zoo has been refreshed and is excited to show off our improvements when we open again on February 12, 2022.
Thursday, February 10th is the next installment in our Conservation Lecture Series presented by Palmetto Pride! This lecture will be all about Amur leopards and the efforts in place to save this amazing species. This will be a completely virtual lecture via Zoom with guest speaker Esther Conway of WildCats Conservation Alliance.
The Greenville Zoo sees the return of Career Day. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the many career paths available at modern zoos. Registration is now open for Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1:00PM – 4:00PM and Friday March 18, 2022, 9:00AM – 12:00PM. Career Day is open to grades 8th – 12th at $50.00 per participant. Contact the Education Department at (864) 467-4850 to register.
Wendy the Barred Owl arrived at the Greenville Zoo from the Indianapolis Zoo in the summer of 2021. This past week her enclosure had a full makeover. It was all hands on deck as keeper Caitlin Witthans and Animal Curator James Traverse removed the original perching. A new drainage system was constructed and fresh landscaping was installed. Keeper Dindy McDaniel and Animal Care Manager Brian Eisele reconstructed the exhibits perching. Sometimes it takes an entire team to give the best care to our animals. The new and improved enclosure has received Wendy’s hoot of approval.
The Greenville Zoo is presenting a specially tailored program for the Furman University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The program served as a companion piece to the OLLI group reading ‘West with Giraffes’ by Lynda Rutledge. Virtual attendees learned how AZA-accredited zoos provide the highest standards of care to our animals and discussed the ways we give back to giraffes in the wild through programs such as SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction).