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The Louisville Zoo is welcoming in 2020 with three animal birthdays Saturday

Asian Elephant punch is one of three animals celebrating birthdays at the Louisville zoo Saturday. (Photo from Louisville Zoo) The Louisville Zoo kicks off 2020 with three very special animal birthdays. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Zoo will celebrate gorilla Helen’s 62nd birthday in Gorilla Forest at 10:30 a.m. followed by Asian elephant Punch’s 50th at 11 a.m. at the Elephant exhibit and finally,...

Louisville Zoo’s Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates Saturday with release of 1,000 monarch butterflies

Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest this Saturday, brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can enjoy 15 stations to celebrate pollinators and learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration...

Louisville Zoo seeking submissions from public in naming contest for male elephant calf born Aug. 2

The Louisville Zoo welcomed a male elephant calf on Aug. 2 to 33-year-old African elephant Mikki, and the Zoo began soliciting names from the public on Monday in a naming contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital. Mikki and the calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. to noon, subject to change while the acclimation process continues. Zoo guests can visit LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki to see daily updates...

William Wells Brown Elementary’s 21st Century summer camp rigorous, but ‘fun and engaging’

For youngsters like Faith Owens, the 21st Century program’s four-week camp at William Wells Brown Elementary is a great way to spend part of the summer. “I’ve done the camp since third grade,” said Faith, who will be in fifth grade this fall at Southern Elementary after a recent move. “It helps me get my grades up, and when I fall off track, I can come here to learn to be smarter and make...

Newest female resident of Louisville Zoo’s Gorilla Forest arrives safely from New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo

Earlier this summer, the Louisville Zoo received a male silverback gorilla (Casey) from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. This week a second gorilla from Audubon Zoo arrived safely in Louisville. Bandia, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, will join Gorilla Forest after a standard quarantine period followed by acclimation time. Both moves were part of a planned collaborative effort across several...

Unusual Classroom: Kentucky teachers find out how Louisville Zoo can be a valuable educational tool

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward As a group of teachers from across the state entered the room for one recent professional learning session, they were greeted by some animals that you don’t normally see in a reception area. In a pen in the center of the room, an armadillo ran excitedly back and forth. A hedgehog sat in the hands of Jo Barrett, sniffing the air. And around the outside of the room,...