Detroit Zoo http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Zoological Society leaders to share expertise with China's 3 biggest zoos http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-zoological-society-leaders-share-expertise-chinas-3-biggest-zoos <p>Top officials from the Detroit Zoological Society are headed to Beijing, where they’ll lead a workshop for senior staff from China’s three largest zoos.</p><p>CEO Ron Kagan is touring the zoos in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to scope out current animal care practices there.</p><p>Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter says Kagan will brief the team on his findings in Beijing, so they have a good sense of where the Chinese zoos stand going into the four-day workshop.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18201 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Zoological Society leaders to share expertise with China's 3 biggest zoos Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-jan-14-2014 <div>There are 2,5000 dams in Michigan and more than 90% are going to hit or exceed their design life by 2020. On today's show: How concerned should we be about our aging dams, and is there the money and political will to fix them?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">state's chief medical doctor explains why this year's flu season seems to be a particularly rough one.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, one man from Ann Arbor is working to earn respect for dads all over America with the Dad 2.0 Summit.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, the Detroit Zoo is not just a tourist attraction, it's a leader in animal conservation and preservation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he data and numbers crunchers have been working away, trying to peer into the future to figure out what lies ahead for Michigan over the next 10 years in terms of jobs and pay.</span></p><div>The verdict: Michigan's economic axis is tilting west.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rick Haglund's recent story for Bridge Magazine is headlined: "Future job growth favors West Michigan."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And Don Grimes is with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">They join us today to discuss the issue.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:52:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 16021 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 Detroit Zoo recognized as leader in animal conservation and welfare http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-zoo-recognized-leader-animal-conservation-and-welfare <p>It was 1883 when the Detroit Zoo first opened its doors at Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street, across from what would become Tiger Stadium.</p><p>By 1928, the zoo had moved its current home at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. It's the No. 1 paid tourist attraction in Michigan, drawing more than 1.1 million visitors every year.</p><p>The zoo's mission has evolved &nbsp;since those early days, shifting from animal care to animal welfare. It's a leader in animal conservation and welfare.</p><p>Detroit Zoo Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Ron Kagan&nbsp;&nbsp;gives us a closer look at the ways the zoo has become such a leader in protecting and preserving animal species.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:51:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 16016 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Zoo recognized as leader in animal conservation and welfare Biggest-ever gift to Detroit Zoo is a big deal for penguins http://michiganradio.org/post/biggest-ever-gift-detroit-zoo-big-deal-penguins <p>The Detroit Zoo announced the largest single private gift in its history Wednesday—and it’s all about penguins.</p><p>The $10 million gift from the Polk Family Fund will go toward building the Polk Family Penguin Conservation Center.</p><p>Zoo officials say the Center has been in the “planning and design” phase for two years now.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:35:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14493 at http://michiganradio.org Biggest-ever gift to Detroit Zoo is a big deal for penguins In green initiative, Detroit Zoo looks to dump bottled water http://michiganradio.org/post/green-initiative-detroit-zoo-looks-dump-bottled-water <p>The Detroit Zoo is trying to “wean its visitors off the bottle”—off bottled water, that is.</p><p>The zoo<a href="http://www.detroitzoo.org/press-releases-2013/changes-on-tap-for-bottled-water-sales-at-detroit-zoo"> plans to phase out sales of bottled water</a> over the next 2-3 years.</p><p>Sarah Pope, the zoo’s manager of environmental services, says bottled water creates lots of plastic waste and other environmental costs. In fact, it’s the number one contributor to the zoo’s plastic waste.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:42:33 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13972 at http://michiganradio.org In green initiative, Detroit Zoo looks to dump bottled water In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-chrysler-recall-disaster-declaration-mi-detroit-zoo-and-dia-saved <p><strong>Chrysler waves the white flag</strong></p><p>Chrysler is now <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall">agreeing to recall </a>some 2.7 million older model Jeeps. At first, Chrysler refused to recall the cars and the company maintains the vehicles are not defective. Safety regulators say 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Vehicles can catch on fire when they're rear-ended. The design flaw has killed 51 people in fiery crashes.</p><p><strong>Michigan counties will receive disaster relief </strong></p><p>President Obama has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods">approved a disaster declaration</a> for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. The declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. This does not include assistance for individuals or businesses. State and federal agencies will soon hold briefings across the state to help communities understand and start the application process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Detroit Zoo and the DIA are safe</strong></p><p>Legislation was signed into law yesterday allowing the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-will-protect-dia-and-detroit-zoo-millage-funding"> Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts</a> to get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region. Several metro cities were skimming some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:11:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13124 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved New laws will protect DIA and Detroit Zoo millage funding http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-will-protect-dia-and-detroit-zoo-millage-funding <p>The Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts will now get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region.</p><p>Several metro cities were capturing some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.</p><p>The cities claimed they were allowed to by state law. A Wayne County Circuit Court decision supported that claim.</p><p>Annmarie Erickson is the Chief Operating Officer of the art museum. She credits the public’s outcry for the new legislation signed into law today.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:17:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 13122 at http://michiganradio.org New laws will protect DIA and Detroit Zoo millage funding Legislation proposed to block communities from keeping funds for Detroit Zoo and DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-proposed-block-communities-keeping-funds-detroit-zoo-and-dia <p>The Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts are supposed to get a cut of taxes collected from the greater metro region.</p><p>But dozens of cities and townships have been holding out, thanks to tax loopholes.</p><p>Republican Representative Eileen Kowall says the people of Metro Detroit voted to send these taxes to the zoo and the DIA. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:12:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11705 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation proposed to block communities from keeping funds for Detroit Zoo and DIA Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects http://michiganradio.org/post/some-wayne-county-towns-use-money-intended-detroit-zoo-other-projects <p>Some communities in Wayne County have been using tens of thousands of dollars in property tax money intended to support the Detroit Zoo for their own civic improvement projects.</p><p>Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved a property tax increase in 2008 to help fund the Detroit Zoo.&nbsp;</p><p>But the <em>Detroit Free Press </em>reports some Wayne County cities have collected the tax and spent it instead on sprucing up their own downtowns.&nbsp;&nbsp;In some years, the money has added up to more than $200,000.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:23:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 10873 at http://michiganradio.org Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects Detroit Zoo gets 4 crocodiles from Zoo Miami http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-zoo-gets-4-crocodiles-zoo-miami <p>The Detroit Zoo has some new residents: four crocodiles.<br /><br />The zoo located in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak says the four African slender-snouted crocodiles - two pairs of 21-year-old brothers - are from Zoo Miami.</p><p>They&#39;ll be on display for the Detroit Zoological Society&#39;s annual <a href="http://detroitzoo.org/sunset/">Sunset at the Zoo</a> fundraiser tonight. Their new home is the Detroit Zoo&#39;s former hippo habitat.<br /><br />The new crocodiles are about 5 feet long and weigh around 30 pounds. They can grow up to 13 feet and weigh as much as 500 pounds.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:03:15 +0000 The Associated Press 7988 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Zoo gets 4 crocodiles from Zoo Miami Exotic animals killed in Ohio puts spotlight on Michigan bill http://michiganradio.org/post/exotic-animals-killed-ohio-puts-spotlight-michigan-bill <p>The tragedy that unfolded for the exotic animals near Zanesville, Ohio on Tuesday night and Wednesday highlighted the lack of regulation in Ohio for a particular type of animal compound.</p><p>Terry Thompson kept bears, tigers, lions, monkeys, and other animals on his property.</p><p>He reportedly did not display them to the public for compensation, and was not required to carry a permit from the USDA. And an Ohio state law regulating exotic animals had expired.</p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:43:11 +0000 Mark Brush 4653 at http://michiganradio.org Exotic animals killed in Ohio puts spotlight on Michigan bill