While we all #StaySafeMN and practice social distancing, check this space for challenging, fun learning opportunities. Then, tune in Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30pm on our Facebook page for special LIVE zookeeper talks and gardener talks. Check back later in the day where we will post the video here.
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Wednesday, November 25: Turkey, the Parrott!
Turkey the double yellow-headed Amazon parrot joins us today on Como Live just in time for Thanksgiving! Join us for a zookeeper talk (and maybe hear him talk a little bit as well) at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Monday, November 23: Virtual Tour of Part II of the Fall Flower Show!
Take a break with the flowers and enjoy some color in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Join us this afternoon on Como Live for a virtual tour of “Part Two” of the fall flower show in the Sunken Garden.
Did you know you can grow your own houseplant with a common vegetable? Try your hand at the growing carrot tops activity HERE.
Thursday, November 18: National Bison Month
It’s #NationalBisonMonth. Celebrate with us by learning more about North America’s largest land animal on today’s episode of Como Live. Listen to a zookeeper talk and get a close-up view of our resident bison!
Looking to learn more and find out more ways you can help? Check out the Wildlife Conservation Society’s webpage celebrating National Bison month HERE.
for virtual events and more information about what they are doing to re-wild the Bison. You can also download the National Mammal Seal coloring page HERE.
Monday, November 16: Emerald Tree Boa
Join us this afternoon on today’s episode of Como Live for a zookeeper talk about one of Tropical Encounter’s newest residents, the Emerald Tree Boa! Get an up-close look at this snake and learn more at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Looking for a fun break from distance learning? Try your hand at this bubble snake activity HERE. You can still have some fun outside even with winter on the way!
Thursday, November 12: Toads!
Where have all the toads gone? As the weather gets colder, frogs and toads go into hibernation for the winter hear in Minnesota. Learn more about the process and why on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
And, get an up-close view of a familiar American toad! Some animals will hibernate here over winter, while others will migrate and spend their winters further south where it’s warmer. Hibernate or Migrate? Test your knowledge with this quiz HERE.
Monday, November 9: Bird Cam!
Looking to do some bird watching? Join us this afternoon at 1:30pm on Facebook for a LIVE view of our bird feeders in Tropical Encounters! All of the birds are native to the Central and South American Rainforests.
How many different bird species can you spot? Download our bird watching guide HERE. This guide has all the species of birds that are found in our Tropical Encounters exhibit. Watch our LIVE bird feeder cam and check off what you see!
Thursday, November 5: Polar Bear Week!
It’s #PolarBearWeek! We are celebrating by sharing a training session with our resident bear Neil and talking more about what you can do to help his wild counterparts on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to learn more about helping wild polar bears? @PolarBearsInternational is committed to conserving these animals and the sea ice they depend on. See what Polar Bears International has been doing all week long for #PolarBearWeek and get involved by visiting their website HERE.
Monday, November 2: The MMC is turning 105 on November 7!
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is turning 105 years old on Saturday, November 7th! Learn more about this magnificent building’s rich history on today’s episode at Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Looking to read more about the history of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and the surrounding area? You can check out a timeline dating back to the 1800’s HERE.