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        Potter Park Zoo Celebrates Centennial

        Anniversary: 100 Years of Conservation


        all ages for the past 100 years. The zoo opened in 1920 and
        since then has become home to 160 species. The intimate
        20-acre zoo nestled within the 102-acre Potter Park brings
        animals from across the globe to your backyard!

        “100 years of inspiring conservation of animals and the
        natural world is certainly something to celebrate,” said
        Amy L. Morris-Hall, executive director of the Potter Park
        Zoological Society. “We are excited to feature over 20 new
        signs throughout the park to show how the zoo has grown
        and evolved over the last century.”

        Potter Park Zoo has been accredited by the Association
        of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1986 and has
        received the prestigious AZA Quarter Century Award that
        recognizes Zoos and Aquariums that are AZA-accredited
        continuously for 25 years or more. Potter Park Zoo follows a master plan that   Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave in Lansing. To learn
        embodies three goals: excellent animal welfare, impactful conservation, and   about Potter Park Zoo or reserve your tickets, email,
        financial sustainability.                                          call (517) 483-4222, or visit n

        “Potter Park Zoo has been home to many endangered species over the years,” said
        Morris-Hall. “Our most recent addition was born here in December. Doppsee,
        our 12-year old eastern black rhino, gave birth to Potter Park Zoo’s first-ever
        rhino calf, Jaali.”

        Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered with current estimates of 5,000
        of the black rhinos living in the wild. Jaali, pronounced “Jolly,” is among the 50
        black rhinos in the care of AZA-accredited zoos. Jaali’s birth and well-being are
        critical to the species as there is an average of less than two black rhino calves
        born each year under human care.

        Potter Park Zoo is currently limiting the number of visitors who may visit at one
        time. Timed entry tickets may be reserved online. Groups are asked to explore at
        their own pace but practice social distancing and wear a mask.

                                                                              Pictured left to right:
                                                                              Patty Barnas, Jennifer Marsh, Melanie Squires

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