Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Catering at the Zoo

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

 

Our Summer of Siri culminates with this year's Extravaganza, celebrating Asian culture and our beloved Siri's 50th birthday. Join us for a daylong party that blends wildlife conservation education with the rich culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Activities include elephant demos at Asian Elephant Preserve, fun kids' crafts and games, as well as examples of Southeast Asian and Indian costume, art, music and dance with help from Syracuse University's South Asia Center and Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

Siri will have her face painted with the traditional native design and receive her special birthday treat, and we'll announce the progress of our Pennies for Pachyderms fundraiser for elephant conservation in Siri's honor.

We'll also have watermelon treats for the elephant herd courtesy of Tops Markets.

Come see Siri, Doc, Targa, Mali, Romani, Kirina and Batu, and help celebrate the Summer of Siri!

Schedule of events (Times subject to change)

Time

Location

Activity

10:30

Courtyard

Gamelan music performance

10:45

Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

Ceremonial facepainting with Siri

11:30

Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

Spotlight on elephant foot care

Meet and greet Siri

12:00

Courtyard

Gamelan music performance

12:30

Courtyard

Bharatanatyam Dance Performance (Classical Indian Dance)

1:00

Courtyard

Gamelan music performance

1:15

Courtyard

Bharatanatyam Dance Performance (Classical Indian Dance)

1:30

Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

Elephant yoga and exercise demonstration

Meet and greet Siri

2:00

Asian Elephant Preserve

Watermelon smash with the RGZ herd!

2:15

Courtyard

Bollywood ZOOmba dancing – come join in the fun!

2:30

Courtyard

Gamelan music performance

2:45

Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

Art raffle winners announced

3 p.m.

Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

Siri’s Birthday cake and celebration

Sing Happy Birthday, sign Siri card

 

Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University.

 

 

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