Friday, June 18, 2010

Father's Day at Potter Park Zoo

A Penguin-Filled Father's Day on Sunday at Potter Park Zoo

Thu, 6/17/2010 - 4:35 PM
By Billie Harris

Lansing, MI - Stop by Potter Park Zoo for a fun-filled Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In honor of the day, all dads residing in Ingham County will receive FREE admission to the Zoo.
The event is an opportunity for fathers and their families to enjoy the zoo and participate in a variety of fun activities, including the chance to win a penguin feeding! Beginning at 2 p.m., the Zoo will host a special Father’s Day themed Keeper Talk highlighting the role of dads in the wild and here at Potter Park Zoo.

Guests can also stop by the Magellanic penguin exhibit to greet the Zoo’s newest fathers. “Male Magellanic penguins are great dads,” said Zoo Director Gerry Brady. “Their fatherhood duties begin early helping to incubate the eggs and after they hatch, the dads help feed the chicks. They are some of the most involved fathers in the animal kingdom.”

Three penguin chicks hatched in early May and became the latest members of the Potter Park Zoo family. The chicks will be off exhibit for the next few weeks while they receive physicals, and until Zoo staff determine that they can safely be by the water in the penguin exhibit.

However, guests will get a chance to briefly view the babies periodically throughout the day as they play in a small enclosure near the meerkat exhibit.

Potter Park Zoo also has the perfect gift for dads with the opportunity to adopt an animal in honor of their special fathers. For more information on the Zoo’s adopt-an-animal program please visit or call 517.342.2718.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit 

To view Potter Park Zoo's web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to:


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