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Over the years, 25 trumpeter swans have hatched at Blank Park Zoo and have been released back into the wild.
In 1999, a swan hatched at the Zoo and was collared J17. This swan has been observed and recorded over the years and was just spotted in Scott County Iowa, near Davenport Wednesday morning. Over 17 years old and he is still flying free!
We are proud to have played a role in the recovery of this species in the state of Iowa.
Come to Blank Park Zoo tonight from 6-8 PM for the Swan Soiree with the Iowa DNR! For a list of presentations visit: http://bit.ly/2k5ilhs
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With fewer than 800 eastern black rhinos left in the world, we can't express the importance of Tumani's birth. Other rhino species are suffering too.
On February 2nd, we invite you to come to Blank Park Zoo to hear Dr. Terri Roth speak about her scientific breakthroughs that led to the birth of the first Sumatran rhino in captivity in 112 years!
Learn more about our Conservation Speaker Series and reserve your tickets today! http://www.blankparkzoo.com/events/calendar/conservation-speaker-series
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Seasons Greetings from Blank Park Zoo. May all your days be merry this holiday weekend as you celebrate with friends and family!

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It's a girl!! Blank Park Zoo is excited to announce the birth of our first black rhino calf!
She was born October 11, 2016 at approximately 11:23 a.m.
Join us in congratulating first time parents Ayana and Kiano for a job well done!
Mom and baby will not be viewable on exhibit for the time being as we allow them time to bond. We will announce when they can be seen on a later date.
Watch this video to learn more about the birth! http://ow.ly/tE7G305gSkN

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20 days until #NightEyesDSM! Now through October 19th you can save on admission by purchasing advanced tickets at your Des Moines metro Hy-Vee for only $4!
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Happy October! The 1st of October begins our winter hours. Blank Park Zoo is now open everyday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM!
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What's a potto? No, not we didn't miss spell the starch filled vegetable everyone knows and loves. Pottos are a kind of nocturnal primate that Ph.D. candidate and Iowa native Averee Luhrs studies in the jungles of Africa. She came to Blank Park Zoo last week to speak to Zoo staff and volunteers about her studies.

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Plant.Grow.Fly. at Blank Park Zoo has received the Iowa Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, the premier environmental honor in Iowa, for habitat restoration.
Conceptualized in 2013 and implemented since 2014, Plant.Grow.Fly. encourages the planting of butterfly gardens in the Midwest and beyond. To date, almost 750 gardens have been registered with the project. Visit www.plantgrowfly.com to learn more!
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Zoo staff wrote two amazing articles this week about two separate conservation organizations. First, Keeper Megan wrote about her time helping our the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin where they do fantastic work in the field of crane conservation. The Second article written by Keeper Kaylee about the 96 Elephants campaign, why it's important, how BPZ is involved and what you can do to help. Take some time now to read both articles on our Zoo Blog! http://ow.ly/f8Px302WeRM

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Blank Park Zoo is a proud supporter of Health in Harmony, an organization protecting the biodiversity of rainforests by educating Bornean children about the importance of the rainforests and how their choices impact these important lands. It fosters a healthy world by investing in the link between human and environmental health at the community level. The project empowers local communities to preserve threatened natural resources while serving their health needs. Recently, Trina Jones & Bethany Kois came to Blank Park Zoo and spoke about their program for our Lunch & Learn. http://ow.ly/ErWq301JmHg
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