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Marie Kraus / Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo has again earned what Monroe County officials called a “prestigious” honor from a national group.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognized the zoo as a “world-class” institution with “the highest-quality animal care.”

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said the process for gaining accreditation is rigorous. It involves a 31-page questionnaire, an inspection by zoo association officials and an interview with the association’s experts.

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It is a homecoming of sorts at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Anoki, a female polar bear that was born that zoo in 1996 will be coming back.

Anoki, who left the Rochester zoo in 1998 to go to Albuquerque Biological Park, then was moved to the Maryland zoo in 2008.

The Seneca Park Zoo has been without a polar bear since April, when Aurora died of age-related causes.

Anoki was born at the local zoo in 1996 to Aurora and Yukon. Yukon died in 2008.

A Rochester couple is making a substantial contribution to the Seneca Park Zoo’s “Wilder Vision” capital campaign.

Mark and Maureen Davitt have committed $2.5 million for the zoo’s multi-year transformation project that began last year. The total cost is expected to be about $60 million. Monroe County has committed $37.75 million through its Capital Improvement Program budget. The Seneca Park Zoo Society will raise the remaining $23 million.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is honoring organizations and community members for their conservation and environmental efforts. The Zoo will host its inaugural Environmental Innovation Awards & Symposium in October.

We get a preview of that event, and we discuss how leaders in our community are finding innovative solutions to environmental problems – from zero waste practices to green technology and more. Our guests:

When it comes to zoology, conservation, and nature studies, America has a significant lack of diversity. At the Seneca Park Zoo, when such jobs become open, there are rarely any nonwhite candidates. Kids in urban centers -- particularly impoverished centers -- tend to grow up disconnected from nature.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is bringing in Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature. Lanham discusses race, conservation, and how to broaden America's connection to our land. Our guests:

  • Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director of the Seneca Park Zoo

"Three Amigos" To Leave Zoo Soon

Oct 31, 2015

If you or the kids enjoyed the trio of gray wolves at the Seneca Park Zoo you may want to stop in and say goodbye Sunday.

Chico, Diego and Durango were loaned here in 2011 and they're now 8-years old.

The zoo says soon, they will live at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.

How can we turn the killing of Cecil the lion into something positive? Conservationists say that this is a teachable moment. It starts with a conversation about trophy hunting, the killing of big game for sport. And then it becomes a conversation about how we all interact with our environment, and the animals with whom we share this planet. This is where we'll take the conversation with our guests from the Seneca Park Zoo:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director 
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director

The Seneca Park Zoo is trying to educate their visitors in different ways this summer. They have a new tagline, and they’re hoping to move beyond “Hey, those orangutans are cool!” Instead, they’re trying to spur visitors to action after they leave the zoo, armed with new information about the habitats from which these animals come. So we’ll get a zoo education, and we’ll talk about the zoo’s future plans with our guests:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director, Zoo Society
  • Pam Cowan, director of external affairs, Zoo Society
  • Larry Staub, Monroe County director of parks
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director