The Potawatomi Zoo hopes the community will join them in starting the holidays early. "Christmas in July" is an enrichment program designed to bring in necessary items for the animals.
Zoo keepers have set up a Christmas tree in the Learning Center, in front of the cotton-top tamarin exhibit. The tree is covered in ornaments with enrichment items needed for the animal collection at the zoo. Items include toys, spices, radios, and plates, all easily accessible at local grocery stores.
Donations can be dropped off at the Members' Gate or Admission Gate at the front of the zoo.
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The zoo is also proud to welcome multiple new babies to their collection. Five different animals had babies this summer, including a male white-naped crane chick, a pair of peafowl chicks, several prairie dog pups, button quail babies and wallaby joeys.
The zoo staff says having babies carries a big meaning for them.
"It's exciting for us at the zoo because a lot of the animals here at the zoo are endangered,” says Jami Richard a zookeeper with the Potawatomi Zoo. “And that's why zoos are here, to keep the population growing. To have babies, it helps with the population."