July 30, 2015 |
Preschool students at the NHS Human Services facility in Kensington welcomed some four-legged classmates on Tuesday: a palm-size hedgehog, a turtle, and a spotted rabbit. And there were also a couple of two-legged friends, an Asian chicken and a stuffed toy orangutan, both which got everyone's attention. So instead of playing with building blocks or perusing picture books, the 50 or so developmentally delayed 3- to 5-year-olds gathered with their new friends for a hands-on lesson from two presenters from the Philadelphia Zoo, Toni Mosley and Maren Stinson.
July 7, 2015 |
Rocky took the stage at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Cape May Court House to pick a winner in the women's World Cup soccer finals - the U.S. vs. Japan. No, not that Rocky. This Rocky is the Cape May County Park and Zoo's Siberian tiger and the top cat at the Jersey Shore. The free Cape May zoo offers vacationers a break from sea and sand, and expects to host 500,000 visitors in 2015, up from 450,000 last year. On Sunday, parents, children, and assorted strollers pressed up against newly installed, handwoven steel wire mesh - which replaces old-fashioned chain-link fencing - around Rocky's grassy habitat.
July 1, 2015 |
'When animals attack . . . " is both the name of one of those ridiculous docu-specials Fox used to run, drawing an audience in with salacious footage of nonhumans going berserk, and the premise of Zoo , the adaptation of the James Patterson novel of the same name. Perhaps those Fox specials had more depth than this CBS summer offering, which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mad Men 's James Wolk plays Jackson Oz, a guy with the kind of name that exists only in paperback airplane thrillers.
June 30, 2015
* LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER. 9 tonight, HBO. Portrait of playwright/AIDS activist Larry Kramer ("The Normal Heart") commemorates his 80th birthday, a milestone he reached on Thursday. * ZOO. 9 p.m. Tuesday, CBS3. James Wolk stars in adaptation of a James Patterson bestseller, playing a zoologist who, while running safaris in Africa, begins to realize that other animals may be out to get us. If this doesn't get Fox to bring back "When Animals Attack," nothing will. * SCREAM.
June 20, 2015 |
What's the cutest animal? Koalas? Sure. Meerkats? Love 'em. Capybaras? Check. Hippos, prairie dogs, even iguanas - they all make the list. But, sorry guys, the title is all wrapped up once you see a red panda. The endangered, bambooo-eating native of the Himalayas, aka Ailurus fulgens , is about the size of a house cat (well, a big, well-fed one) and has a bushy ringed tail and raccoon-like markings. But it's not related to its namesake, the giant panda (which is a bear - and, yeah, also cute)
June 14, 2015 |
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - It started out as a simple petting zoo, with some barnyard animals, a few spider monkeys, and one aging lion. But in 37 years, the Cape May County Zoo has evolved from a one-trick-pony kind of place to a ranking on Trip Advisor as the No. 3 zoo in the nation for visitor satisfaction. It also has one of the most highly accredited breeding programs in the country for such species as American bison and snow leopards. "It truly has grown to become one of the jewels in our county," said Diane F. Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism.
May 23, 2015 |
A private school bus carrying a class of schoolchildren crashed into the end of a guardrail on the Schuylkill Expressway on Thursday morning, police said. A representative of Hope Church School in East Oak Lane said the children had been taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a precaution, but were uninjured. Sharneca Reid, a parent of one of the children on the bus, said in an Instagram post that the class had been on a trip to visit the Philadelphia Zoo. Reid wrote that her daughter had "hit her face" in the crash but was in good condition.
May 15, 2015 |
Honi and Kira spared no time exploring their new gorilla highway through the trees above the Philadelphia Zoo. Motuba, the zoo's male silverback, was the shy one: He climbed the stairs and then retreated to a more familiar field in the gorilla enclosure. The overhead path that opened Wednesday is the fourth in a series of trails that have been lauded as not only innovative but transformative for zoos, taking the experience - for the animals that live there as much as the Homo sapiens who visit - into new realms.
April 18, 2015 |
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
April 9, 2015 |
A CROCODILE made of bubblegum, a giant gorilla composed of car parts and tiny creatures carved from crayons are all trying to tell you something: Recycling is important, and our everyday actions have an effect on our friends in the animal kingdom. "Second Nature," opening Saturday, is the Philadelphia Zoo's latest feature experience. The exhibit's name holds a two-pronged meaning: Trash gets a second life in art pieces, and recycling can become "second nature" to humans. "Second Nature" is free with regular zoo admission.