Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Zoo’

The San Francisco Zoo’s Very Own (Somewhat) Dramatic Chipmunk: A Short History of Prairie Dog Viral Videos

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Here it is, a Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) as seen at our San Francisco Zoo

And here’s the world-famous Dramatic Chipmunk:

Notice the similarity?

And here’s where it all started:

Fin.

If You Don’t Stare Into the Pretty Eyes of Our San Francisco Zoo’s First Red Panda, You’ll See He’s Just Like a Raccoon

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Meet Tenzing, currently causing panda-monium at our San Francisco Zoo

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A little shy when I passed through, but oh well.

Anyway, they have some great shots of this critter on the Twitter.

See you there!

Oh No, Now Even Our San Francisco Zoo is Working Blue – “The Scoop on Poop” Opens January 25th 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Taking a cue from our naughty, naughty PUC, your San Francisco Zoo has a new exhibition called The Scoop on Poop.

I’m appalled.

But your kids will love it.

And afterwards, check out the brand-new ELINOR FRIEND PLAYGROUND.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

The Scoop on Poop! Opening Day

Special Members-Only Preview: January 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Open to Public: January 25, 10:00 am in the Pachyderm Building

Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, our latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.

Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off – some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

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Snookum Bears, Snookum Bears, Snookum Bears! – South American Coati Enjoy Halloween Pumpkins at Our SF Zoo

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Heretofore, I didn’t know that snookum bears were actual real animals.

Check it:

“Did you know that pumpkins make for great enrichment for our active and curious South American Coati at the San Francisco Zoo? In this video, see them play and enjoy treats, while learning about these adorable creatures. We hope you’ll want to come meet them for yourself! Plan a visit: sfzoo.org. Voice-over by Tess & Kate Hodges”

In closing, Snookum Bears, Snookum Bears, Snookum Bears!

“Meet a Giraffe” at the San Francisco Zoo: Is This Good Advertising? I Think So

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

MEET A GIRAFFE:

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Our San Francisco Zoo is waiting for you, 365 days a year…

Members Morning Mar-17-2012 EVENT
Brown Bag: The Corvidae of California Mar-22-2012 EVENT
Joint Zoo Committee Meeting Mar-22-2012 EVENT
Meet the Zoo’s New Peccaries Mar-24-2012 EVENT
Spring Zoo Camp Mar-26-2012 EVENT
Spring Zoo Camp Apr-02-2012 EVENT
SEE FULL CALENDAR

OMG, It’s the Twelve Days of Christmas at Your San Francisco Zoo! Starts Wednesday, Ends on December 25th, 2011

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Oh, and here’s Stephanie Lee on Tanya Peterson, the person in charge of the San Francisco Zoo these days.

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All the deets:

Enjoy the holidays at the San Francisco Zoo! The reindeer are back and there’s a brand new “green” skating rink, plus much, much more. Check out all of the activities happening through New Year’s Day.

12 Days of Christmas - Dec 14, 2011 – Dec 25, 2011

This year, the San Francisco Zoo is taking “The 12 Days of Christmas” literally by enriching its animals with special holiday treats designed to encourage naturalistic behaviors. Each day between December 14 and December 25, at 2 p.m., a different animal will receive a holiday surprise. Check out the list below and make plans to see your favorite animal rummage, forage, play with and enjoy their holiday gifts.

The 12 Days of Christmas Schedule: 2 p.m. each day
December 14: Chimpanzee climbing
December 15: Lemurs a leaping
December 16: Giraffes nuzzling
December 17: Anteaters Investigating
December 18: Meerkats patrolling
December 19: Snow leopard hunting
December 20: Tamarins exploring
December 21: A polar bear sledding
December 22: Rhinos charging
December 23: Lions roaring
December 24: Prairie Dogs barking
December 25: Ground hornbills foraging

Reindeer Romp! - Nov 19, 2011 – Jan 01, 2012

Each day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reindeer Romp returns with your favorite reindeer friends. These four, wonderful animals mark the return of the holidays here at the Zoo and will be on exhibit every day starting November 19 through New Year’s Day. Stop by and check out the “real” story behind these amazing creatures and you just might learn a thing or two about why they are so special.

“Green” Holiday Skating Rink - Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 08, 2012

Weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This holiday season, take a spin on our brand new, environmentally friendly, synthetic skating rink made of recycled materials. It’s just as much fun as being on real ice! This eco-friendly skating rink will feel like the real thing but slightly slower – like skating on a frozen pond but without the need to bundle up. Great for beginners and kids wanting to get their feet wet, without getting their feet wet. Come give it a try now through New Year’s Day. Cost (includes skates): $5 per person

Holiday Discounts & Activities

Make a difference not just for the animals, but for our community too during this holiday season. Check out the following donation opportunities and discounts for you and your family.

San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive
Dec 17, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011

Drop by the Zoo with an unwrapped toy, valued at $5 or more, and donate it to the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program to receive one free kid’s pass. Plus, get an inside look at a vintage fire engine and take your photo with Santa ($5 suggested donation.) Limit one pass per family.”

See you there!

OMG Lemur Update! Our San Francisco Zoo Puts on a Thanksgiving Feast for 15 Adorable Lemurs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Here’s what’s up at our San Francisco Zoo on the day before Thanksgiving:

“Today, the Zoo’s lemurs received a Thanksgiving feast of some of their favorite foods – green beans; a fruit salad of apples, bananas, and grapes; sweet potatoes; and turkey made out of monkey chow. Their glasses were filled with apple juice. Sitting politely at a formal table, the lemurs sat respectfully and then ventured onto the table to enjoy their feast.”

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Now, check out their hours of operation:

Current Hours:
Everyday
10am – 4pm
365 days a year!
San Francisco Zoo
You can’t beat that, huh? All right, see you there!

SAN FRANCISCO ZOO LEMUR FUN FACTS:

The Zoo has a group of 15 lemurs on Lemur Forest – six ring-tailed, four red-ruffed, three black and whites; two blacks. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs in Madagascar today.

Endemic to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, lemurs were named after the lemures or the ghosts/spirits of Roman mythology. 

Lemurs can be very small, weighing as little as 1 oz., or up to 20 lbs.

Like their wild counterparts, the Zoo’s lemurs can be very vocal. Their loud calls can be heard throughout the day. However, they also communicate with scents by scent marking with urine as well as rubbing the scent glands located on their wrists on trees, bushes and the ground.

Lemurs are classified as threatened or endangered. They only inhabit approximately 10% of the island of Madagascar. Deforestation, hunting for bushmeat by native inhabitants, and live captures for the pet trade are the culprits of their decline in numbers. 

Most lemurs are arboreal, thus the Zoo’s Lemur Forest is a perfect environment for them. The lemurs can be seen clinging to trees and leaping throughout the day.

Uh Oh, Appears As If San Francisco’s Little Monsters CAN Break a Bicycle U-Lock – But Look How Big It Is

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I don’t know, I suspect that if this U-lock had been just a skosh smaller, it wouldn’t have been so easy to break.

I still think that protecting accessories is the big issue, so consider this image a kind of Minority Report.

Evidence of a clean getaway in the Financh – unusual these days…

Be on guard. This place is full of vulturesvultures everywhere,everywhere.

Developing a Theory of Bike Protection – How U-Locks Won the Battle But Lost the War – Know Your Tweeker

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The inderspensable Uptown Almanac seems to have a theme of bike thievery, lately. See?

Via The UA

Now, back in the day, back in the 1970′s and 1980′s, bike thieves would strive to take your whole bike, and usually, they would succeed. But then came the U- Lock. The Bike Theft Community responded by carrying around Volvo car jacks, and freeze gas, and whatnot. But that wasn’t too practical, it turned out. And U Locks got better – physically smaller and harder to pick. So, the Bike Theft Community responded by being satisfied to simply strip parts from your bike for easy resale. And that’s the situation we have now.

I’ll tell you, back in the day, the 415 didn’t have such a robust market for stolen bike parts running 24-7 the way we do now. That’s why, especially when compared with most other parts of the USA, your focus should be on protecting accessories on the frame as opposed to the frame itself. Sure, U locks still get broken, but not at all at the rate of two decades ago, that’s for sure.

Now, because the average low-life bike theft tweeker has seemingly lost the technology of breaking U locks, you can safely go cheap, like a $15 OnGuard / WalMart.com special. That’ll free up some of your cash to protect the things that matter:

Wheels

Saddle/seatpost

Headset

How do you do that? I don’t know, cables and chains and leashes and locking skewers and ball bearings superglued into your headset, thusly. Anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief carry a bunch of different kinds of tools around, anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief reconsider a few life choices.

Bon courage!

Encountering a 21st century horse thief outside of your favorite local bar. Oh well:

Via, once again, TUA

First Video of Sumatran Tiger Cubs at San Francisco Zoo

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Hello Kittehs!

The world’s smallest tigers produce the world’s smallest tiger cubs. But they are growing fast over at the San Francisco Zoo. Check it out.