Conservation Day activities planned at zoo on Saturday

Eloise Ogden/MDN The zebras at Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo will be among zoo residents featured at activity stations at the zoo during Conservation Day on Saturday.

Roosevelt Park Zoo will observe Conservation Day on Saturday with a variety of activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Our theme this year for Conservation Day is ‘Conservation Express,’ “ said Nicole Barnhart, the zoo’s Education, Conservation & Outreach coordinator.

“Upon purchasing a ticket ($2 for members/$3 for nonmembers) individuals will be able to visit six activity stations throughout the zoo to learn more about endangered species and conservation efforts helping these species. Each station will have a different activity for individuals to participate in and learn how they can make a difference for the specific animal. At each station they will get their train ticket punched, making the final punch with a ride on our zoo train. A standard zoo train ride is $2 so participating in conservation day pays for itself in a way if people were planning to ride the train anyway,” Barnhart said.

The cost of the Conservation Day activities is in addition to zoo admission price.

The stations/animals to be featured include:

– Stuffed animal clinic

– Bongo

– West African crowned crane

– Zebra

– White and black ruffed lemurs

Money raised will be donated to the zoo’s Change for Change Conservation Fund, which is then distributed to conservation efforts locally, nationally, and international.

“Our summer interns are the ones who plan their station as part of their intern project. It’s a great way for them to learn more about the animals we care for, as well as well as what is being done to preserve these animals in the wild and how the general public can help as well,” Barnhart said.

Children also can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a free checkup at the Stuffed Animal Clinic.

The zoo also has an electronic recycling program. People can bring in their gently-used small electronics to be recycled with the zoo’s Eco-Cell program. A drop-off box is available in the zoo’s gift shop.

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