Archive for January, 2011

Happy Birthday, Datu!

Today, the Zoo celebrated a 7th birthday for one of our three Bornean orangutans, Datu. There were touch table stations run by our knowledgeable Docent team and a talk about orangutan conservation by one of our Zoo Keepers. Guests could even sign a “Happy Birthday” sign for Datu!


The day was topped off with an enthusiastic singing of “Happy Birthday” for the primate, who along with his mother, Kumang, and sister, Dara, enjoyed the various treats and enrichment items placed throughout their exhibit. We even had some visitors bring in some gifts in the form of low-fat cereals and bedsheets, which will be used by the orangutans along with our other Zoo animals as enrichment!

Thanks to everyone who came out! And don’t forget about our next birthday celebration – Roscoe the white rhino will turn 7 on February 5!

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

– Kelli O’Brien, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator

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We have some great events coming up at the Zoo in the next few weeks – two birthdays, a ZooBrrrew and our February Break Camp.


Roscoe. Photo by Grayce Scott.

Datu. Photo by Shawn Dowd.

Come to the Zoo for Datu and Roscoe’s birthdays on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5,  respectively. Datu, one of our Bornean orangutans, and Roscoe, one of our white rhinos, will both be turning 7! Stay posted for details as the events draw closer.


ZooBrrrew is Feb. 4.

ZooBrrrew, our winter version of our popular summer ZooBrew event, will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 4.  Seasonal beers will be on tap along with assorted New York State wines (available for purchase). Delicious food will be included in the ticket price ($20 for members; $25 for non-members): wood-fired pizza, chicken chili and vegetarian chili, jambalaya and a dessert station. There will also be live music from Brian Rath to enjoy. Pre-registration isrequired; call (585) 295-7390 to purchase tickets.

Photo by Nick Cerami.


For 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds, we have our February Break Camp (Feb. 21-25), a week-long camp where kids can learn all about animals’ amazing adaptations in the wild. Choose from half-day or full-day; sign up for all five sessions and save up to 25%! Click here for more details.

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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Admiral the North American river otter enjoyed some delicious treats as well as a bunch of visitors to wish him a “Happy Birthday” today (Jan. 8). The otters’ keeper, Catina, worked with Admiral and one of his exhibit mates, Heather, on some training demonstrations, including one of Admiral’s favorites – recycling! Thanks to all who came out for his special day!

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Admiral the river otter turns 21 this Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Gerew)

This Saturday, Admiral, one of our North American river otters, will turn 21. That will make him the oldest captive river otter in North America!

Most river otters in the wild live on average up to 8 years, while many river otters in zoos and aquariums live into their mid-teens.

Admiral, who got his name after he used to flip his water dish over and get into it like a boat, will enjoy a birthday party in his honor this Saturday in the ECO Center. A Docent touch table station will be set up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so that visitors can take a look at different adaptations river otters use to survive in the wild. There will also be a training demo beginning at 1:30 p.m., and a singing of “Happy Birthday” for Admiral at 2 p.m. We hope that you will join us for this special occasion!

– Kelli O’Brien, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator

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