Monday, November 19, 2012

We're Offering 'Holiday Daycare' While Parents Shop!

Como Zoo is offering parents an opportunity to drop off their kids for a few hours while they shop for holiday gifts. Como is offering 4-hour blocks of time, in which kids can play games and participate in activities.

Parents can reserve a spot on one of these days:

•Friday, November 23 (Black Friday): 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•Saturday, December 1: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•Sunday, December 9: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Drop off and pick up is 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after each program.

Space is limited & pre-registration is required. The cost is $30 per child. Family discounts are available. Children are required to bring a lunch and snack that does not need to be refrigerated or heated. Boxed lunches and snacks are available for an additional $7. Children must be three years of age or older and potty trained. For more information and to register call 651-487-8272.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gorilla Forest Construction

You may notice a different kind of primate in the gorilla exhibit at Como Zoo these days.  Construction workers are now on display five days a week while they modify the current exhibit and tie it in to the new construction of Gorilla Forest.  Where did the gorillas go?  Togo and Schroeder were moved to their newly constructed holding area on November 5th.  Zoo keepers brought all the comforts of their old holding to the new area.  Cargo nets and wood wool to sleep in, firehose to climb on, and lots of different enrichment items available for them to interact with.  Both boys are adjusting well to the new space and are actively participating in training sessions and shifting to learn the new space.  They will be off exhibit for about a month while the modifications to the exhibit are made.