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Louisville Ky’s wildest 5K is set for May 14th

  Louisville, KY., – The wildest 5K in town will be held Saturday, May 14 at 8 a.m.  Runners and walkers will get to see the Zoo wake up during the 23rd annual Throo the Zoo 5K  Run/Walk, presented by Norton Audubon Hospital and McDonald’s®  Restaurants of Kentuckiana.Proceeds benefit the Louisville Zoo, which is dedicated to its mission of bettering the bond between people and our planet.   The course takes participants “throo” the Zoo — past many of your favorite animals and exhibits. The Start and Finish points are just outside the Zoo gate, but along the way you’ll…


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The Birdman set to visit Louisville Zoo this summer

Louisville Zoo Announces Free Flight Bird Show “The Birdman®” Brings His Renowned “Wings of the World” Bird Show to Louisville Zoo   Beautiful birds such as an Andean condor, double wattled cassowary, singing parrot, African crowned crane, bateleur eagle and others will make their way to the Louisville Zoo this summer. Starting May 21, these impressive birds will fly, sing and delight Zoo guests in the new “Wings of the World” Bird Show presented by Ford Motor Company.   Written and created by Joe Krathwohl, this free flight presentation weaves conservation messages with spectacular bird behaviors and personal stories about…


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Beloved Louisville Ky zoo gorilla dies giving birth to baby

Story and photos from www.louisvillezoo.org… Click for gorilla blog post and video of baby Louisville, Ky., – A female gorilla baby was born via emergency cesarean section to 27 year-old gorilla Mia Moja at 12:35 p.m. on Monday, March 14.  Sadly, Mia Moja passed away a little after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15 from complications. A full post mortem examination will be performed on Mia to determine the cause of death. ObGyn’s James W. Forrester, M.D. and Robert C. Zoller, M.D. of Partners in Women’s Health performed the cesarean section assisted by Louisville Zoo veterinarians Drs. Zoli Gyimesi and…


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Zoo’s Halloween Party in full swing in Louisville Ky

Louisville, Ky., – “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” is now underway at the Louisville Zoo where little ones can dress up in their wildest costumes and set off on a magical journey through the Zoo. The ever-popular “Merry not Scary” party is celebrating its 34th year of being the sweetest party in town for families of Kentuckiana. The party features costumed characters for guests to meet and greet in fanciful, larger-than-life storybook scenes throughout the Zoo. Plus there’s trick-or-treating for kids 11 and under. In an effort to be “green,” the Zoo requests that children bring their own trick-or-treat bag…


Mayor Fischer announces 80 summer learning programs for Louisville youth, teenagers

LOUISVILLE – From safari camps at the Louisville Zoo to reading programs in the libraries to an online brain chase game at community centers, Louisville is offering over 80 learning programs for students during the summer break, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. In addition, there are hundreds of camps and enrichment activities this summer organized by non-profit organizations, local colleges and universities, museums, churches, libraries, and arts organizations. “There’s no excuse for students to spend the summer losing all the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year,” Fischer said. “Many of the city’s summer programs are free or low-cost and…


Highs and Lows on Tuesday: Herbstreit, a Festival of Ideas and Meeting a Reptile

Quite a week in my hometown. On Tuesday, ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit answered questions friend of Rusty John Asher at a charity luncheon for Catholic schools held in conjunction with the Trinity-St. X football game on Friday. Herbstreit said he’s a regular at the Derby, which Asher reminded us is only 214 days away. It was the start of the Idea Festival, where Angie Fenton hosted a session called Thrivals targeting young adults. I stopped in and heard several high school students ask intelligent questions about what will be different in 2035. One young man named Thomas was from Fern…


The Zoo Ranks 12th, and We’re Inside 100 Days to Kickoff

Don’t miss my conversation with Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak on the Rusty Satellite Show (also featuring graphic facilitator Kat Gentner). While I was at the Zoo Tuesday, I took this photo of John in front of an animatronic bug. We also discussed, outside the interview, how the Zoo overcame the bad public relations from the 2009 train derailment. Walczak explained the thorough safety precautions now in place. Originally we had planned to do the interview to promote the Zoo’s participating in a USA Today contest in which online voters selected the best Zoo in the country. The results just came…


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Stars Came Out For the Animals

I was fortunate to be invited to Zoofari 2011 on Saturday, the big fund-raiser for the Louisville Zoo. It was the 31st annual event, and it always brings out some of the city’s biggest and most generous big-shots. The highlight of the evening, at least for the Zoo’s patrons, is the auction of animals up for adoption. No, nobody takes home a polar bear for their back yard, but generous people bid to become adoptive parents of animals at the Zoo. Videos, cleverly done by 2Thomases Video Productions, are presented to encourage the crowd to ante up for one of…