World Elephant Day

Did you know that World Elephant Day is August 12?  

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign focuses on protecting forest elephants from extinction, through awareness and legislation. More than 35,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year for their ivory and the goal of 96 Elephants is to stop the killing, demand and trafficking of elephant ivory. Last weekend, President Obama announced his administration’s proposal to ban ivory sales in the United States. The public has 60 days to comment on the bill and then the administration can make changes.  We don’t want the bill to become less effective as a result, so we need your support! 

World Elephant Day is August 12 & How You Can Help Save Elephants  | The Mama Maven Blog @BronxZoo #BeHerd @96Elephants #STAMPede  The 96 Elephants campaign is named for the number of elephants currently gunned down each day by poachers. It focuses on: securing effective U.S. moratorium laws; bolstering elephant protection with additional funding; and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. You can learn more about 96 Elephants at the official site,

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World Elephant Day is August 12 and the Bronx Zoo will be having many activities:

  • STAMPede activity. Kids will be encouraged to color in or use a hand stamp on an elephant foot print to #BeHerd and show their support for elephants.
  • Make a pledge to participate in #BeHerd comment days – your readers can go here immediately to sign a pledge:
  • Take an #elphie with the World Elephant Day photo booth. Use props & frames to take fun photos to support elephants.  Remember to tag with #elphie & #BeHerd
  • Visit the World Elephant Day exhibit in Dancing Crane Pavilion
  • Sign letters to President Obama supporting the ivory Ban
  • Visit a 15 ton sand sculpture of an African elephant!

World Elephant Day is August 12 & How You Can Help Save Elephants  | The Mama Maven Blog @BronxZoo #BeHerd @96Elephants #STAMPede

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Tweet: Join the #STAMPede! I want my voice to #BeHerd so elephants don’t disappear. Support the federal ivory ban. Click the tweet button to tweet this: Join the #STAMPede! I want my voice to #BeHerd so elephants don’t disappear. Support the federal ivory ban.

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Head to the Bronx Zoo


This summer, the Bronx Zoo is strapping on their super hero capes, saluting Zoo Keepers and rocking out with Dan Zanes and other fabulous family performers. Now that school’s out, kids have plenty of free time to check out all that the Bronx Zoo has to offer. Don’t miss the newly renovated Children’s Zoo and say hi to the new animals in the petting zoo area.

Keep reading for information on some of the exciting and big events taking place at the zoo and be sure to check  for more information.

July 18-26 National Zoo Keeper’s Week  

As the need to protect and preserve wildlife and their vanishing habitats continues to increase, the animal care professional’s role as educators and conservation ambassadors has become essential. Zoo and aquarium professionals care for hundreds of species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. A keeper’s day includes an array of tasks like cleaning, food preparation and feed out, medical treatment, training, enrichment, landscaping, exhibit design, animal introductions, public outreach and education, and much MUCH more. Don’t miss the variety of keeper chats and special animal enrichment taking place during this special week.   To celebrate National Zoo Keeper’s Week, join us at a Twitter Party, hosted by popular mom bloggers Vera Sweeney of Lady and the Blog and Audrey McClelland of Mom Generations

When: Tuesday, July 21 from 12PM – 1PM

Where: Twitter

Follow: @verasweeney, @audreymcclellan for the fun and prizes!


July 25, 2015 DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS Concert 

Join Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Friends at the Bronx Zoo for an outdoor, fun-filled dance-party, hootenanny for the 21st century! Called the “crown prince of contemporary kid’s music,” by People Magazine,  don’t miss his uncompromising vocal and instrumental artistry and muscular pop beat.  Zane’s globe-trotting music ranges from elements of Tunisian Sufi, the Louisiana bayou, Appalachia, the Caribbean and South Africa to making a CD completely in Spanish. He likes to call what he does “21st-century, all-ages, handmade social music,” Since his debut album, “Rocket Ship Beach,” in 2000, Zanes has recorded with top musicians, including Debbie Harry, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed, Ziggy Marley and Philip Glass.  Times: 11:30am and 2:00pm. Location: Astor Court.


Grammy-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants, Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful TMBG mega-hit “I am a Paleontologist.”  He’s just released his first solo album for kids, No School Today on TMBG’s own label, Idlywild Recordings.  The “shimmery, shiny pop” tunes include catchy gems about marsupials, archaeology, voting rights, and even a song about Ben Folds!  New hit “Champion of the Spelling Bee” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and was featured in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm.

Here’s a look at what else is going in this July and August at the Bronx Zoo:

July 11-12 Super Sprowtz Show: Super Hero Training Camp

Children of all ages will love watching Roger and the Super Sprowtz lead the audience through a high-energy super hero training camp featuring 4 levels of songs, dancing and games. Children will be led through an action-packed curriculum of health and wellness broken down into four easy-to-remember stages: Mind, Heart, Body, and Tummy! Their catchy music will have kids yelling “I want more broccoli!”, and their built-in games will teach the super-heroes in training which super powers come from which veggies! It’s all about learning to stay healthy and making smart choices. Times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm. Location: The Tent at Grizzly Corners.

July 19 PLAY DATE Concert

Husband and wife duo Greg Attonito (The Bouncing Souls) and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate are the heart of the kindie music group Play Date. The goal of their music is to inspire children to use their imaginations — and their dance moves — to explore the world around them. Play Date’s aptly-named album Imagination won Creative Child’s 2014 Seal of Excellence Award. Called a “breath of fresh air” (, they’ll be bringing their guitars and infectious energy with popular songs “Dance Like a Monster,” “Anyone Can Sing,” and more! Play Date’s song “XYZ” was recently featured in a Nordstrom’s Back to School video called “The A to Z Life.” Date: July 19th, 2015. Times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm &3:30pm


Explore nature and the sights and sounds of New York City’s Great Outdoors and the fun recreational activities visitors can participate in. Join Park Rangers and become a bird detective and even do some bird-watching. Learn how to pitch a tent, make a campfire and paddle on a real kayak. Then, experience what it was like to immigrant to our New York shores coming across the sea to Ellis Island. Times: 11-4:00. Location: Dancing Crane Pavilion.

August 2- 3 JUNGLE GYM Concert: A Live Rock-n-Roll Experience for the Whole Family! 

A Go “off the grid” with family rock act Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam as we celebrate the joy and energy of being outdoors among nature and give electronic gadgets a little break. With a Jersey rock vibe like Bruce Springsteen, they’ll sing about wonders in nature like ladybugs, sea lions, the beach and the moon. They’ll also take a very funny look at the wildest exhibit at the zoo– the people who visit! Times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm.

August 29-30 HOT PEAS ‘N BUTTER 

Winners of the 2006, 2008, 2009 AND the 2012,”Parent’s Choice Awards”, Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a unique children’s musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock. By combining an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with mature, multicultural music, Hot Peas ‘N Butter has developed a distinct way of inspiring care and creativity in kids and adults alike. These Bronx Zoo performances will be part of Hot Peas ’N Butter’s newest album video release party for “Amistad”! Times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm.

Craft: Make Nature Inspired Hanging Mobiles: This July, inspired by nature, the artist Alexander Calder and animals throughout the newly renovated Children’s Zoo, young artists will create their own unique  hanging mobile using a variety of materials like paper, popsicle sticks, beads, as well as natural materials like sticks, pinecones, and leaves. Participants will be encouraged to include representations of their favorite animals from the newly opened children’s zoo in their nature-inspired mobile!

Don’t miss Re-Usable the Musical, a one-of-a-kind puppet show, where a young girl named Kazumi takes a musical journey to learn about protecting our animals in the wild with actions we take at home. This show teaches kids how to protect the planet using the five Rs: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and a very special and important R: Remember.  This show occurs in the Asia Theater at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, & 3:30pm.

How To Make Your Garden Grow

Come to our recycled garden and experience a pollinator garden, digging garden and vegetable garden. Every day there are games, activities and crafts to help your kids learn more about the importance of sustainable gardening and healthy eating for humans and wildlife. Open all summer, Daily 1pm4pm.

There will never be a dull weekend this summer with everything going on at the Bronx Zoo, so remember to embrace the luxury of living in (or close to!) a city with so much to offer all while encouraging outdoor exploration, connection to wildlife and nature and learning! What are you looking forward to checking out at the zoo? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section!

Visit The Bronx Zoo

This June, The Bronx Zoo is excited to celebrate the opening of the long-anticipated Children’s Zoo. This treasured exhibit   places an emphasis on getting kids outside and involved with nature! For many it Will be the first time they encounter wild animals.  And new species range from giant anteaters to sloths  and the world’s smallest deer. There is a wonderful domestic petting zoo and as part of the celebration there will be a recycled children’s garden.


How Do You Make Your Garden Grow children’s garden, presented by FarmON! Foundation will be by the Mouse House exhibit and will offer tons of kid-friendly events taking place every weekend. Don’t miss the special Father’s Day weekend celebration!  Starting June 8th, the garden will be open daily with all sorts of fun activities. Keep reading for details on what Bronx Zoo has to offer and check  for more information. 


June 6-7: Meet Your Farmer: Seed & Soil

  • Get dirty and learn how to make your garden grow at the Bronx Zoo’s dig station.
  • Common Ground Farm will present Eat a Rainbow a hands-on discussion about why it’s important to eat a variety of colors and foods, with examples and samples.
  • Join a special butter churning demonstration and discussion on how dairy milk is transformed into cheese.
  • Join the Green Bronx Machine as they celebrate urban framing and lean about innovative ways to farm in the city

June 13-14: From Kitchen to Compost; Composting: Food Waste

  • McEnroe Organic Farm helps families learn the basics of composting their meal leftovers.
  • Meet the soil’s best friend, the earthworm, in a fun and informative activity. Also, enjoy storytime with Professor Snail and his friends and explore a worm composting bin.
  • Join the Green Bronx Machine and learn how to grow your own soil and create a small worm box.

Father’s Day weekend: June 20-21: Celebrating All-Star Dads: Healthy Food & Recipes

  • Eat Local NY presents a fermentation workshop and talks about pickling and fermentation
  • French Culinary Institute chef, Lisa Witkowski presents healthy, seasonal recipes from the garden and shows kids how to utilize nutrition-packed ingredients for on-the-go fun snacks.
  • Interactive Farm games! Have fun with dad by testing your skills at America’s favorite farm yard competition including a bean bag toss and cornhole.
  • Super Sprowtz will be onsite. Meet Roger and Colby Carrot on June 20 at 12:00-1:00pm and 2:00-3:00pm.

June 27-28: Celebrating Pollinators

  • Bee storytime from favorite author Lela Nargi
  • Fancy some honey?  The zoo will host honey tastings from Eat Local and explain the importance of pollinators
  • Play Pollinatorpalooza! Children can find their inner bee, butterfly, or hummingbird as they learn the language of the bee to get their job done. They’ll also learn simple ways to help these special animals in their very own neighborhood and become official Pollinator Protectors.

Every weekend in June will also include hands-on activities to celebrate the opening of the Bronx Zoo Children’s Zoo with craft projects at the Dancing Crane Pavilion and Re-Usable the Musical which is a one-of-a-kind show, where a young girl named Kazumi takes a musical journey to learn about protecting our animals in the wild with actions we take at home. This show teaches kids how to protect the planet using the five Rs: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and a very special and important R: Remember.  This show occurs in the Asia Theater at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, & 3:30.

Here are a couple of simple and educational at-home gardening projects to try out with the little ones:

Kitchen Scrap Gardening –

Planting a Window Box –

Visit the Bronx Zoo this Spring

Do you and your little ones love birds? The Bronx Zoo is excited to celebrate the Second Annual Birdathon and Bird Migration Month kicking off on Saturday, May 9 and everyone is welcomed to join in on the fun.

May is Birdathon and Bird Migration Month at the Bronx Zoo

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher

There’s so much for kids of all ages to experience and learn as they join professional birders on nature walks to identify Neotropical migrants in the sky and discover how zookeepers work to protect birds worldwide. They’ll even be a chance to interact with the birds from the zoo’s exhibits. As you explore, try and identify as many birds as you can for the opportunity to win special binoculars and other prizes.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher

What: Bronx Zoo Birdathon

When: Saturday, May 9, starts at 7:00AM and goes all day

Where: Bronx River gate at Bronx Zoo

Buy tickets:

In addition to the special Birdathon event, Bronx Zoo is celebrating Bird Migration Month on weekends from May 9th – May 24th. Red-shouldered hawks, rose-breasted cockatoos, Amazon parrots, and more soar will overhead on the historic Astor Court during the Birds in Flight show. After the show, there will be a chance to meet the fearless flyers face-to-face and learn more about their training, habits, and personalities. Take some time to chat with Zookeepers at the World of Birds exhibit then head over to the Dancing Crane Plaza to make a birdfeeder to help keep track of wildlife from your own backyard.
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Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo

Boo at the Zoo Returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

Boo at the Zoo Bronx Zoo

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Safe, family-friendly activities include:

The Haunted Habitat Mansion

Creepy Hollows Hayride

Costume Parade

Music, Magic, and MORE

Master Carver Pumpkin carving demonstrations

kids haunted hayride


Boo at the Zoo festivities run FIVE weekends beginning this Saturday, Sept. 29!

Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6-8, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Boo at the Zoo returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo for five full weekends of Halloween-themed family entertainment and activities. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation.

Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure – The Haunting at Habitat Mansion – and the spooky Hayride through Creepy Hollows headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year’s Boo at the Zoo. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, haunted extinct graveyard and special seasonal craft workshops.

Children 12 and under wearing a Halloween costume will receive free general admission with one paid adult general admission. All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of general admission with the exception of the hayride and haunted mansion.. The Creepy Hollows Hayride and the Haunting at Habitat Mansion walk-through adventure are included with the purchase of a Total Experience Ticket.

From Monday, Sept. 17, guests that purchase four or more Total Experience Tickets online will receive a plush snake hat created in the spirit of Boo at the Zoo. Offer is good while supplies last.

Guests are encouraged to visit for a complete schedule of keeper chats, animal enrichment sessions, and family activities.

Boo at the Zoo activities include:

The Haunting at Habitat Mansion

The Habitat Mansion, once owned by wildlife conservationist Dr. Benton Broome, is said to be the most haunted landmark in the Bronx Zoo. Dr. Broome left his legacy of preserving animal wildlife, habitats and conserving the earth’s precious ecological resources to his son, Dusty. But Dusty is not up for the challenge and the ghost of his father wants to ensure the memory of all endangered species is not forgotten. In the Haunted Habitat mansion, ghosts of the past, visions of extinct animals, and the messages of Dr. Broome’s ghostly house servants encourage guests to remember the importance of protecting wildlife from the threat of extinction. Mansion admission is included with Total Experience Tickets.

Location; By Somba Village

Time; 11:00am- 5:00pm

Creepy Hollows Hayride

Enjoy a thrilling hay ride beneath a canopy of beautiful fall foliage past the Birds of Prey exhibit and through the animated town of “Creepy [Read more…]

Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure at the NY Aquarium

Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure, brings a new thematic to the NY Aquarium as a part of this season’s Halloween celebration. A range of pirate themed, kid-friendly, not so scary experiences will be part of this year’s festivities to continue the tradition of providing Brooklyn and area families with a great destination for their Halloween celebration.

Ascarium combines the fun of this iconic holiday with the NY Aquarium’s mission of connecting people to wildlife. Ascarium will run the last three weekends in October (October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28).

This year’s activities will include:

Haunted Seafari; The Tragic Tale of Captain Paul Looter

This year’s seafari adventure takes guests into the sunken ship of Captain Paul Looter, an awful pirate captain and a deep-sea criminal. Guests will enter the quarters of Captain Looter, where he still guards his gold coins, gold objects and scores of treasures from beyond his watery grave.

Our ship explorers then head into the Briny Brig, where our deteriorating devil crew are paying the cost for their pirating as well as their overfishing the waters and poaching some of the seas most magnificent, and endangered species. They are egged on to exit the ship and have a few choices…will they WALK THE PLANK to their doom Or will they head ON DECK?

Walking thru the Brig Portal…our treasure hunters will find the deck of the ship. Finally finding their way, our explorers are dumped onto the seashore, where all is NOT well. The effects of Looter & his slimy crew have polluted this craggy-rocked landscape. But it seems that Captain Looter has learned his lesson. His ghostly image speaks to us to let us know that he realizes now – that treasures are not in gems or gold, but the greatest treasure of all is the marine life and clean water that support our planet and it inhabitants.

Location: Explore the Shore

Timing: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Pirate School!

Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. During Pirate School! the bumbling professor Billy Bones teaches youngsters how to be good pirates with zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like Buccaneers, skulls talk, cutlasses drop and pets run amok. And there’s marine conservation information incorporate as part of the programming. Ultimately Pirate School! aims to satisfy children’s universal curiosity about the briny Buccaneers of yore while subtly boosting their self-esteem and pro-social skills by prompting them to be more empathetic, responsible, courageous Corsairs.

Location; Seaside Pavilion

Timing; October 13,14,27,28

11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Musical Performance

The Brigands, a four piece musical group performing period pirate and nautical related music, will be the featured musicians. Their performances will include songs, ballads and fiddle tunes from roughly 1680 onwards, from the Golden Age of Piracy, thru the Tall Ships era right up to modern day with [Read more…]