Potter Park Zoo Announces Free Admission, Winter Hours

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Potter Park Zoo Announces Free Admission, Winter Hours

Oct 26, 2010

Jake Pechtel
Marketing / PR

LANSING, MI --- Fall is here and the colder temperatures mean big changes at Potter Park Zoo, including free admission to one of the most exciting seasons to observe animal activity.

A common misconception is that zoos close during the winter because too many animals go into hibernation or are taken off exhibit due to the colder temperatures. While many animals do exhibit changes in their activity levels during the colder seasons, several animals at Potter Park Zoo actually prefer the colder temperatures.

“Visits to the zoo during the winter are often some of the most exciting times to watch the animals,” said Zoo Director Gerry Brady. “The Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers, Reindeer, and Magellanic Penguins are actually much more active during this time of year.”

Heated rocks are a huge seasonal favorite of the African Lions, Mashavu, Amboseli and Dakota, who can be seen during the winter months lounging outside on these cozy napping spots.

Each exhibit also is equipped with an indoor area for the animals to access year-round. Several of these locations have viewing windows installed so guest can see the animals even when they are not outside. Other seasonal preparations for many of the animals include additional bedding, heat lamps and supplementary food to account for the extra energy needed to maintain internal body temperatures in colder weather.

Despite these accommodations, a few animals will be taken off exhibit due to their habitat requirements. At Potter Park Zoo this includes the African Tortoises and the King Vulture.

Potter Park Zoo is open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day. Beginning November 1, 2010, winter hours take effect at the zoo with it being open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also during winter, admission is free for both residents of Ingham County and non-residents, with the exception of the Wonderland of Lights event.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4221 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.


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