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The Strong museum is announcing a tourism campaign that will include other museums and cultural institutions in the Rochester area.

It’s called Play Rochester, and involves The Strong, the George Eastman Museum, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Seneca Park Zoo.

The Strong’s vice president of marketing and communications, Sara Poe, said the idea is to provide a variety of options to people who may be traveling to the Rochester area this summer.

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The Seneca Park Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program will be visiting the Rochester Riverside Convention Center vaccine site on Saturday from 10am-1pm. The visit by the animals is an incentive by the county to encourage animal lovers and families to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“This is a fun opportunity for our younger, age-eligible residents and families to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, while having an up-close experience with some of our Zoo’s favorite animals,” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and the Seneca Park Zoo announced that Timila, Seneca Park Zoo’s 4-year-old snow leopard, gave birth to one male cub on Friday. 

Bello said, “While we’re cautiously optimistic and excited for this new addition to the Seneca Park Zoo, we also recognize the intense care and attention the new snow leopard cub will be receiving at this critical time.”

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For the first time in more than three months, visitors were walking along the trails at Seneca Park Zoo on Friday morning.

The zoo opened only for members. The public will be welcomed back on Sunday.

To limit overcrowding, visitors have to make online reservations, and 125 people will be allowed through the gate every half-hour. Acting zoo director David Hamilton said Friday's schedule was sold out, with 1,625 zoo members registering for tickets.

Once inside, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask and follow a one-way path through the exhibits.

The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, which has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open to zoo members on June 26 and the public on June 28.

That’s according to Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, who said the reopening is being done in accordance with guidelines provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

We sit down with Patricia Wright, a woman sometimes described as the Jane Goodall of lemurs. Wright’s work in Madagascar has led to a massive change in public understanding, conservation, and preservation. She’s had a long partnership with the Seneca Park Zoo, and this week she’s back in Rochester.

We discuss how much has changed since the 1980s, and what the world can do next to preserve habitats, understand the impact of climate change, and more. In studio:

Chris Conlon

Seneca Park Zoo announced the arrival of a snowy owl on Friday. The six-year-old male owl, Tundra, will join the zoo’s female owl, Winter, in a newly expanded habitat. Zoo staff are hopeful the two will be able to reproduce. 

Tundra was transported from National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA. Tundra has the ability to fly, unlike Winter.

In 2014, the Pennsylvania Game Commission confiscated Tundra from a private home. As he was imprinted on humans, he is considered unable to be re-released.

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Rochester-area residents have donated thousands of dollars to a fund dedicated to the care of wildlife injured in Australia's bushfires.

Seneca Park Zoo is collecting the money on behalf of the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund established by Zoo Victoria.

Visitors to the Seneca Park Zoo can make their donations at the front gate, or on the zoo's Facebook page.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society's 2019 Environmental Innovation Awards had at least one common theme: food sustainability. Human beings waste a tremendous amount of food, and food production contributes to climate change. So how can we do it better?

Our guests discuss their work, and why it might inspire others to do the same.

  • Gael Orr, communications manager for Once Again Nut Butter
  • Cam Schauf, director of campus dining services for the University of Rochester, and co-chair of the University Council on Sustainability
  • Suzanne Hunt, board member for the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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First, it was the snow leopard. Abandoned by his mother after being born outside her maternity den, he died at just 8 days old.

Then, a red panda suddenly succumbed to a respiratory infection. A spotted hyena, thought to be the oldest in human care, died next. Before long, an African elephant was put down after a chronic foot condition rendered her lame.

A string of deaths of crowd-pleasing animals at the Seneca Park Zoo in the last six months has patrons and casual visitors alike wondering why so many animals have been lost.