Zoo Hosts Winter Zoo Olympics 2018

As the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games come to a close, Dickerson Park Zoo will host its own Winter Zoo Olympics on Sunday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

 

Zookeepers are creating special enrichment activities where animals will enjoy some of their favorite treats as well as physical and mental stimulation.

 

The opening ceremony will begin with the squirrel monkeys in the South America area of the zoo.

 

Dickerson Park Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $8 for kids 3-12 and guests 60+. Children 2 and under are free. The petting zoo, giraffe deck and train are closed for the winter.

Schedule:

11:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony: Squirrel Monkey exhibit in South America

11:15 a.m.: Otters (USA)

11:30 a.m.: Mountain Lion (USA)

11:45 a.m.: Malayan Tiger (Asia)

12:00 p.m.: Asian Elephant (Asia)

12:30 a.m.: Chinchilla (South America) vs Texas Tortoise (USA) event held in the giraffe building

12:45 a.m.: Giraffes (Africa)

1:00 p.m.: Hippos (Africa)

1:15 p.m. Medal Ceremony

 

 For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017

Zoo Director Mike Crocker Recognized by American Association of Zoo Keepers

 Springfield, MO –Dickerson Park Zoo’s Director Mike Crocker was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Zoo Keeper Education Award by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) on August 29, 2017, in Washington D.C.

 

The award, received at the annual AAZK national conference, recognized Mr. Crocker’s commitment to keeper staff training and animal care through professional development opportunities.

 

As the Director of Dickerson Park Zoo, Mr. Crocker has made it a high priority to support the zoo’s animal care staff attendance at AAZK conferences and animal husbandry workshops.

 

Mr. Crocker was nominated by Dickerson Park Zoo Tropical Asia Zookeeper Lee Hart. Hart serves on the Ozarks Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers and was recently appointed to the national AAZK board.

 

Dickerson Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.

 

 

Contact: Joey Powell, Public Relations/Marketing Director

417-833-1570 (office) or 417-860-3303 (cell)

jpowell@dickersonparkzoo.org

Grandparents Day: Sunday, September 10

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Contact: Joey Powell, Public Relations/Marketing Director

417-833-1570 (office) or 417-860-3303 (cell)

jpowell@dickersonparkzoo.org

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2017

Dickerson Park Zoo Welcomes Grandparents with Free Admission

 

Springfield, MO – Grandparents’ Day is Sunday, September 10, and grandparents visiting

Dickerson Park Zoo that day will receive free admission.

 

On Sunday, September 10, grandparents are invited to see their favorite animals with their favorite kids. All grandparents, with our without their grandkids, receive free admission to the zoo. Children ages 3-12 are $8 and 2 and younger are free. Dickerson Park Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and guests may stay in the park one hour after the admission gate closes.

 

Guests may see and learn about animals from around the world as well as enjoy the Bush Country Café, Titus Express miniature train, Outback Corral petting zoo, giraffe feeding deck, fish feeding and the Safari Trading Company Gift Shop.

 

 

 

Dickerson Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.

Cheetah cubs, Maggie, Glenn and Wally, and their mother, Roni, have been given access to the exhibit yard at Dickerson Park Zoo. The cubs, born May 2, have been out of public view in order to give them necessary bonding time with their mother.

 

“Along with access to the exhibit yard, which is visible from the cheetah observation deck, the cubs still have access to their backyard and den,” said zoo spokeswoman Joey Powell. “We want guests to know if the cubs choose to be shy, they may remain in their more familiar backyard, which is out of view. However, they have been having fun exploring their new space.”

 

Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and guests may stay in the park one hour after the admission gate closes. General admission is $12 for ages 13 and up; $8 for ages 3-12 and seniors 60+. Kids 2 and under are free.