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Thursday, October 21: Wolf Awareness Week Continues!
Wolf Awareness Week continues today’s Como Live! Today we are highlighting our “Wolves and Wild Lands” traveling exhibit from Ely, Minnesota. Hear the Director of the International Wolf Center do a Question and Answer on this special exhibit at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Read the press release on the “Wolve and Wild Lands” exhibit HERE
The International Wolf Center is a great resource in Minnesota for wolf education. Check out their FAQ about Wolves HERE.
Monday, October 18: Wolf Awareness Week!
It’s Wolf Awareness Week! We are celebrating by highlighting wolves all this week on Como Live. Today’s segment will feature our two new resident wolves, Nicky and Cerberus. Hear a zookeeper talk about them at 1:30pm on Facebook!
Read all about Nicky and Cerberus in the press release HERE.
Looking for more local educational wolf content? Check out the Voyageur’s Wolf Project HERE, which has been tracking gray wolves and studying their ecology in northern Minnesota.
Thursday, October 14: Spiny Mice
Did you know? Spiny mice are more closely related to gerbils then mice! Learn more fun facts from a zookeeper and check out these ambassador animals up close on today’s episode Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Monday, October 11: An Octopus in the Fern Room?!?!
It’s Octo-ber, and we have a special addition to our Fern Room! Check out this amazing hand-crafted octopus topiary sculpted by our horticulture staff on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to try your hand at creating a topiary? Check out this beginner’s guide on how to make a topiary from the Home Depot HERE:
Thursday, October 7: Changing Over To The Fall Flower Show
Fall is here, and it’s show change week in the Sunken Garden! Learn more about the process of our flower show switchovers and get a sneak peek of the fall show on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Tuesday, October 5: The Fern Room
Even though leaf colors are changing outside, our fern room continues to be a vibrant green! Take a break with us and enjoy a walk through the ferns on today’s Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Can you identify the plants that will be highlighted in this video? Take the quiz HERE and find out!
Thursday, September 30: Emperor Tamarins!
The emperor tamarins are arguably one of Como’s most recognizable monkeys with their distinguishable facial hair! Get a closer look a them and learn more from a zookeeper on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Monday, September 27: Sensory Plants
We have many different species of ambassador animals here at Como, but did you know that we also have ambassador plants? Check out some of our sensory plants behind the scenes and up-close on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Have you ever wanted to create your own sensory garden? Get some tips from Kew Gardens HERE.
Thursday, September 23: World Gorilla Day is Tomorrrow!
World Gorilla Day is tomorrow, September 24th! We are kicking off the celebration by highlighting these special primates on today’s Como Live! Learn more about our gorillas from a zookeeper and see them interacting with some enrichment at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Check out this craft from the World Wildlife Fund where you can learn how to make a gorilla mask out of recycled materials. Download the instructions HERE.
Monday, September 20: North Garden
Join us in our North Garden on today’s episode of Como Live! Learn about how this garden is cared for and maintained from one of our horticulturists and get an up-close look at the plants at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to spruce up your own garden this fall? Learn about how to prepare a fall vegetable garden from The Spruce HERE.
Thursday, September 16: Tropical Encounters
Tropical Encounters is a miniature rainforest right here in Minnesota! Learn more about the fish living in this exhibit on today’s Como Live! Get a closer look at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Monday, September 13: Virtual Garden Walk
Take a break and enjoy a quiet stroll through the palm dome on today’s episode of Como Live! A few interesting plants will be highlighted on this virtual garden walk. Learn more at 1:30pm on Facebook.
See if you can identify a few of the plants in the palm dome ahead of the virtual stroll by doing this quiz HERE.
Thursday, September 9: Orchids!
We are highlighting our beautiful orchid collection behind the scenes on today’s Como Live! Hear a horticulturalist talk about these intricate plants at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to learn more about orchids? The Orchid Society of Minnesota is a great resource. You can check out and read some of their blog posts HERE:
Thursday, September 2: Stick Bugs!
The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing, just down the street from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory! While you think about your favorite food on a stick, we’d like to highlight one of our stick insects to help celebrate! Come learn more with a zookeeper talk on today’s Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to celebrate the State Fair at home? Check out these recipes for food on a stick from the Food Network HERE. What is your favorite tasty treat on a stick?