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Monday, February 29, 2016

Calling all mammals for a Zootopia In-Store Event!

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Disney stores (check your nearest location & their event listings) are hosting special events for Zootopia - the new moving coming to theaters March 4th.  

On March 5th, you can take the kids to the Disney Store to get to know the characters from Zootopia. They'll have special activities so kids can become a "Junior Zootopia officer" and help solve a case! All trainees will receive a FREE giveaway! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. There's limited capacity and they don't allow lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins.  Check with your local store for event time.

Stephanie 
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Baby Gorilla to be born at The Louisville Zoo

Update: On March 14, 2016 the baby was born after an emergency C-Section.  The mama gorilla passed away due to complications on March 15, 2016.
See some footage of the baby by clicking here

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Mom Mia Moja
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Baby!
The Louisville Zoo announced today that one of the gorillas in their Gorilla Forest exhibit is expecting!  The baby will likely be born in May 2016 according to the ultra sound findings.  Mom is Mia Moja and dad is Mshind.

                    


When the baby is born, it will bring the Louisville Zoo's gorilla count up to 11.  You will be able to take part in a contest to name the baby gorilla.  To keep up with all of the baby gorilla excitement, visit Louisvillezoo.org/baby .


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Wonder how the ultrasound a gorilla?

In a media release, the Louisville Zoo provided details about the status of western lowland gorillas:
"Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered with 100,000 estimated to be left in the remnant wild. There are about 353 in 51 AZA institutions in North America. Due to habitat destruction primarily caused by mining, logging and agricultural expansion, their numbers continue to shrink. Coltan mining in particular is impacting the gorilla population. Coltan is a black metallic mineral that is used in nearly every electronic device today including cellphones. The Louisville Zoo partners with Louisville-based Eco Cell and collects old cell phones to help reduce the need for additional mining in and around gorilla habitats. The bushmeat trade and the Ebola virus are also major threats."  

They also stated that "This gorilla birth is part of a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). Breeding plans work to improve the genetic diversity of managed animal populations."

We can't wait to welcome a new gorilla to the Louisville Zoo!  What a great opportunity for visitors!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Penguins & PJs Overnight Adventure at Newport Aquarium

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Photo courtesy of Newport Aquarium website
On March 18th, you can get behind the scenes at the Newport Aquarium and spend some quality time with the penguins.  This unique opportunity features camping out with the sea life, penguin themed crafts and game and more.  There are guided tours, an animal encounter and a penguin presentation.

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This would be fun for any family or group.  Gather up some friends and do it together or plan it as a birthday party with a few friends.  Catch it, children must be at least 6 years old to attend and of course, children must be accompanied by an adult.

General admission is $49.99 ($40.99 if you are a pass holder).

Click here to purchase tickets or call 859-815-1471 to RSVP/ask questions.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

"Pay What You Can" at Lexington Children's Theatre

 photo John-Henry-300x300_zpsruw9nosg.jpgThe Lexington Children's Theatre wants to make sure that anyone who wants to see their show, can see their show!  They are having a "Pay What You Can" performance on February 13th at 7pm.  The box office opens at 6pm that evening.  The show is "The Legend of John Henry" and it takes place at their main stage.  Full information about the show can be found by clicking here.

If you are not familiar with "Pay What You Can" situations - I have seen them in a variety of places from ticketed events like this to coffee shops.   It is wonderful to see the Lexington Children's Theatre do this outreach and make their shows accessible to all people regardless of income.  If you can afford their regular ticket prices (Public Prices: $18 adults, $15 children), I highly encourage you to pay full price to support their arts programs and shows. Perhaps you can even pay more so as to cover the cost for those who cannot afford it. If this ticket price is outside of you, don't let that stop you. "Pay What You Can" opens the doors for everyone - perhaps you can spare $1 or even $10 per person (like a movie). Regardless, you can see the show!

This promotion was not found on their website but instead on Twitter
It's always good to check social media sites for places to see if they have deals they have not published on their websites!

Stephanie
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Louisville Zoo Membership Deal

Families throughout the state head to the Louisville Zoo for the day year-round.  If you visit more than once, it may be wise to consider a membership.  If you've been thinking about it  - here's a good reason to go ahead and get one before it warms up and you'll be ready to go visit the animals this spring!

Through March 13, you can save $5 when you purchase any brand NEW Louisville Zoo Membership; the first 300 new members to take advantage of this exclusive online offer will also receive a $10 Gift Card to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. The next 200 purchasers will receive $5 off and the opportunity to buy one combo and get a second combo free at equal or lesser value to Raising Cane’s.

 
A Louisville Zoo membership provides a full year of unlimited Zoo admission and parking during regular Zoo hours. It's a terrific value: over 1,500 animals, 134 acres of lush settings, new camel rides, Penguin Cove and Elephant Encounters.

There are various membership levels available for individuals and families as well as grandparents and caretakers. The Safari Gold membership even includes unlimited select rides and attractions.

Details about this special offer can be found on the Zoo’s website at louisvillezoo.org/wlky

Zoo memberships help the Louisville Zoo preserve and care for threatened and endangered species as well as support critical conservation education programs. As of January 1, 2016, $1 of every membership supports our conservation partners worldwide!

~Stephanie
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