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1. Zoo News Sunday: My Final Entry

Good morning Bloggerville fans. Zebee here. I have some sad for me news. Today will be my last visit here at “Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa” blog. You might see me pop in around the web on other blogs, but this will be my last post here. I’ve had a lot of fun over these past two years talking with many of you, visiting with my boss Joy’s author friends and characters and going to zoos around the world. All good things come to an end, and this is it for us here at the V Zoo.

So, with all that said, let’s see what happened this week at the world zoos.

Your morning adorable: Merry Christmas to zoo animals
Check out all these great pictures of our zoo friends and their Christmas presents.

Holiday treat at the zoo
More fun opening presents.

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas
This is a must see. You’ll get to watch the birth of an eland.

Gladys Porter Zoo announces births
See what new arrivals are at this zoo.

Rhino Iguanas and Green Monitor Hatching at the Bristol Zoo
More baby pictures.

A tiny tamarin monkey joins Zoo Boise family
See this very tiny and special baby.

Binder Park Zoo offers holiday fun
See what’s happening at this zoo.

Well, that’s it for this weeks addition to the Zoo News. I will see you all around the web.
Zebee out. Now where did my boss Joy put the. . .

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2. Zoo News Sunday: Babies, Safari Lights and Volunteer Call

Good day Bloggerville zoo lovers. Zebee here. I know I’m getting this out to you a bit late, but…
Anyway, let’s get to it.

Czech zoo sends rare Northern White rhinos to Kenya
They say it’s a “Dangerous plan.” Why?

Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo Give Animals Holiday Treat
Be sure to click on the video link.

Stone Zoo’s holiday festival is fun for the whole family
If this is your home zoo, be sure to check this out.

Head To the Famous San Diego Zoo For Your Dose of Christmas Lights
Look at the pictures of their lights. Very pretty.

Binder Park Zoo announces birth of third baby giraffe in 2009
Cutie pie!

Polish Zoo Has Human Exhibit
Now this is a new twist. Look at the picture of the inhabitants of this exhibit.

Briefly: 'Holidays with the Critters' at Santa Ana Zoo
Looks like a good time for the whole family.

Zoolight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo
Enjoy this one.

Rare tapir born at Boston zoo
Read why this is a big deal.

Maryland Zoo is Looking for a Few Good Volunteers
Looking to volunteer? At a zoo? Live in Baltimore? Then read this.

Safari of Lights grace zoo
Another great family fun time.

Well, I guess that’s al for today. Now, go have some fun at your zoo.

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3. Best Christmas Story Ever!

Star: I say it's "The Night Before Christmas."

Billy: No it's "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

Mori: My favorite is "Little Drummer Boy."

Zebee: What's all this arguing about? Can't you see we're live in Bloggerville. We don't wnat the folks out there thinking we fight. Tell me what the problem is.

Lito: We were talking about Christmas stories that our boss Joy and her friends have read to us. Everyone of us has a favorite and that's what we were fighting, uh, discussing. Which one is the best Christmas story ever.

Zebee: I see, well I vote for "Frosty The Snowman."

Lito: See, we all like different ones. I wonder which one our friends out there in Bloggerville like best? Maybe they can tell us. I say let's do a survey.

Billy: Yeah, I like that idea. Then all of you will see that "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" is the best ever.

Zebee: Okay Bloggerville fans. You heard them. Which one is YOUR favorite? Drop us a comment and we'll share the results next week.

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4. The Lighting of the Tree at the V Zoo Party 2009

Good morning, Zebee here. Boy! Did we have a great tree lighting party! So many of my boss Joy’s author friends came it was amazing. Many of them brought along their characters too. Let’s see how many we can remember.

Elysabeth Eldering came. She brought along Matt, Guy and Mary Beth, her Junior Geography detectives. They were searching for clues for one of her books.

Lea Schizas was there. Bubba and Giganto were with her. They sure are nice boys and good soccer players. We had a game between the story characters and all of us here at the V Zoo. We lost, but we vowed to have a rematch next year and win. We need a coach. Any volunteers?

Oh, and Bill Kirk came and brought along Ari. We all watched were we stepped so we wouldn’t crush him. He’s really a cool spider.

When Vivian Zabel arrived with Buddy, some of the characters wanted him to teach them how to rope Prairie dogs. Since the closest thing we have to that here at the V Zoo are the meerkats, that just wouldn’t work. Instead he showed them how to rope a fence poll.

Che Dee was there with Odo, the time children, Mashu, Cassie and the Tulies.

Mary Jean Kelso brought along Andy and Spirit. Spirit is a beautiful horse and Andy is amazing the way he can ride.

Dayna Hilton and Sparkles came. Sparkles had us all on our bellies again. This time even I could do it. I’ve been practicing.

Rachelle Burk was there with Kenny and Allison. We all wanted to hear about living in a tree house. I’d like to climb up in a tree house someday.

Rena Jones and Dilly came. So did Shari Lyle-Soffe along with Aaron and Horace. Mayra Calvani and Humberto read us some of Humberto’s favorite books. Hugo also showed up with Elizabeth Dulemba with soap for everyone.

I’m sure I forgot some of the authors and their characters. The place was packed and we had a fun time.

Who got to put the star on top of the tree this year? Billy. He climbed up Star’s neck and placed it, very carefully, on the top branch.
Got to go, I need to finish making my gifts. We are all making things for each other this year.



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5. Zoo News Sunday: Bears, Sea Lions and Treats!

Good morning zoo lovers, Zebee here. Let's see what's happening at the zoos.

New Year's Eve celebration at zoo
This looks like a fun event. Don't miss it if you're in the Toledo area.

Holiday Zoo Treats: Surprises fun for animals
Fun times in San Francisco! Does the polar bear in the picture remind you of a common pet?

Brookfield Zoo bears to get new digs
Meet the bears moving into this great new exhibit. What kinds of bears are they.

Handicapped Sea Lion Thrives At Denver Zoo
Read about this interesting animal.

Singapore Zoo breeds rare Komodo dragon
See why breading these magnificent creatures is so difficult.

So, are YOU going to your local zoo this week? Drop me a comment and let me know what's happening at a zoo near you.

See you back here Tuesday with highlights from our Tree lighting party.

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6. Book Review: The Christmas Angel by Mary Jean Kelso

Good morning book fans, Zebee and the gang here today. When our boss Joy read this story to us, we all wanted to go on our own adventure across the country. But more on that later. First let’s read what Joy has to say about the story.

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Melissa and her family were setting off on a great adventure to move from Philadelphia to Oregon. The trip would be long and hard. Each family member can bring one special possession along. Melissa’s most precious possession was a Christmas angel her father brought her from England. She packed it very carefully and hoped that it would make the trip unbroken.

Mary Jean has opened the trails of the Oregon Trail to the young reader this time. K.C. Snider’s art gives the reader a feel for what pioneers of the day went through.

At the end of the book there are several pages of information, websites and activities you can engage in to learn more about this part of American history.

* * * * *
So, back to what I was saying, we all want to go on our own adventure across America. Here are a few of the places some of us want to visit:

Mori: I want to see the Sequoia National Forest in California. Those trees are amazing.

Lito: I’d like to visit the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest out in Arizona. I just think they’re cool.

Elvis: I want to take my family to see the Grand Tetons. There we could fly free, until we wanted to come home, of course.

Star: I want to visit the Empire State Building. Is it really taller than me?

Belinda: I want to visit my cousins over in Yosemite National Park. They say they get the best picnic foods. You know, my grandparents walked through our boss Joy’s campsite back when she was a little girl. But that’s a story for another time.
So, where can you get your copy?



Okay, we could be here all day talking about all the places we want to visit. How about you. Where would you like to visit if you had the chance? Share it with us and I promise I’ll post it here and share it with everyone, unless you don’t want me to.

Okay, I’ve got to go. See you back here Sunday with more zoo news.


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7. Getting Ready For This Year's Tree Lighting Ceremony


Good morning to you all. Zebee here. To get you in the mood for Christmas this year, this is a picture of the central plaza in Caguas, Puerto Rico last year. Is'nt that one of the prettiest trees you've ever seen?

Okay, as some of you might remember, last year at our tree lighting ceremony we had a few mishaps. Don't remember? You can read about it here. So, to avoid the same problems, my boss Joy has taken a few precautions.

To place the star on the top of the tree, this year we are drawing out of a hat. The paper that has a star on it will get the honors. Next will be a paper with a Christmas tree light on it. That animal will get to turn on the lights. This will avoid the two biggest problems from last year.

Who's on the guest list this year? All of our boss Joy's wiriter friends and a few of the characters from their books. I think it's going to be lots of fun. We've all heard the stories and m=now we're going to get to meet everybody.

It will be a big party this year. Do you want to come? Just drop me a comment and I'll put in a good word for your invitation to my boss Joy.
I hope to see you there. Oh, it's next Tuesday.

See you back here Thursday with another great book to read.


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8. Zoo News Sunday: Holiday Fare and baby names

Good morning zoo fans, Zebee here. It's December and I'm in the holiday spirit. Are you? Many zoos have their holiday lights and displays up, zo be sure to make a date the visit your local zoo soon.

So, on with the news from the week. See you at the end.

The National Zoo's popular panda cub heads home to China
Learn why this is happening. Will the rest of the Panda's in US zoos have to go to China too?

Zoo’s baby orangutan gets a name
What's her name and what does it mean?

Quebec zoo reports two polar bear births
Look at this cool picture of a mamma and her babies.

New babies join zoo kangaroo family
Great family picture.

Smithsonian's National Zoo's Animals Will be Lit Up This Holiday Season
See the schedule and all the info about the National Zoo's schedule this holiday season.

Minnesota Zoo joins holiday hunger fight
Go to the zoo and help fight hunger.

Two stories from the Bronx Zoo:
Green Global Headquarters Opens on the Bronx Zoo Campus
Learn about this latest addition.
Bronx Zoo Collects toys for the Needy
Take a toy with you and see what you get in return.

Hogle Zoo to switch on lights Saturday
If this is your zoo, check it out.

Santa is coming to the zoo
Tampa area, this is for you and the Lowry Park Zoo.

Okay, that's it for today. I'll see you back on Tuesday. In the meantime, stay warm. Zebee out.

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9. Book Review: My Grandmother's Kitchen Rules by Bill Kirk

Good Thursday everyone, Zebee here. When my boss Joy said that today's book was written by Bill Kirk, I got excited. I really like his book "There's a Spider in My Sink" that she read to us a while back. So, let's see what she has to say about this book of Bill's.

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Today’s book is a cute rhyming story about a young girl and her grandmother. Grandma loves all the things in nature that her granddaughter brings home, with one exception. Ants! Read along as all kinds of creatures and discoveries are brought home. See what happens when ants are introduced and the problems they bring with them. Do they get rid of them, if so, how? I'm not telling, you have to read this wonderful story to find out!

The illustrations in this charming story capture your attention and bring the rhyme to life. Lots of color and fun borders on each page bring you into the story.

At the end of the story there are six pages of factoids, activities, games and a list of websites where you can go to learn more about ants.

Bill has once again combined a fun rhyming story with science.

* * * * *

I think the thing I learned that really surprised me was the fact that if you collected all the ants in the world (that would be 10 QUADRILLION!!!) they would weigh as much as all the people in the world! That's a lot of ants.

So, where can you buy your copy of this great book?

Pick up your copy today at Guardian Angel Publishing.



You can visit Bill over at his site Bill Kirk Writes. See what else this talented writer is up to.

See you back here Sunday with more zoo news.

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10. It's December 1st!!!

Good morning everyone! Zebee here. This is just a quick note today. See, my boss Joy has this tradition. December 1st is Christmas decorating day.

We here at the V Zoo all join in the fun. We will help decorate our enclosures. The giraffes will help string lights and garlands at the highest points, Billy and his mom are in charge of the popcorn and cranberry stringing, Elvis is in charge of adding the lights and I am going to somehow put the angel on top of the tree. Want to see her?
Isn't she pretty? My boss Joy made her years ago when Rebekha was a baby.

Anyway, then, after all the decorations are up, we help bake fudge, cookies and sing Christmas carols.

So, what do you do at your home to get ready for the holidays? I'd love to hear from you. Sharing family traditions is fun.

Oh, got to go. Here come Joy, Rebekha, Sally and the rest of the V Zoo keepers. See you Thursday.


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11. Zoo News Sunday: Christmas at the Zoo

Good chilly morning to all, Zebee here. My boss Joy says that Florida is cold, or at least colder than she remembered for this time of year. She's bundled up and, well, that's not why I'm here.

Today I'm going to share 5 zoos that are going all out for this holiday season. If one of these is near you, please make sure you stop by. If not, send me a comment about your zoo and I'll highlight it another Sunday.

Okay, here we go!

Riverbanks Zoo in Colombia South Carolina has a beautiful lights display. Check out their video all about it.

Santa's Magical Enchanted Grotto at the Colchester Zoo is not to be missed. Read all about it and watch the video.

Christmas at the Zoo over at the Indianapolis Zoo is a real treat! Don't forget something for the Mitten tree!

In the Brooklyn area, pop into the Wild Holiday Party at the Prospect Park Zoo. Check out the schedule and be there when your favorite animal opens their gifts.

Zoo Lights are spectacular at the Oregon Zoo. It's chilly there, so be sure to bundle up!


I guess that's it for this week. I just love this time of year, don't you? All the glitter, the lights, the presents, the candy, the . . .

See you back here Tuesday!

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12. Turkey, Turkey where is the Turkey?

Good morning Bloggerville fans. Zebee here. I thought today would be a fun day to share some fun activities with you all about turkeys. My boss Joy surfed the net and here are some of the ones she found. Have fun with them.

Highlights Turkey on a Tractor

Liz Ball's hidden Thanksgiving picture

Handprint turkey picture

Thanksgiving printables (all kinds of fun activities)

Have fun. My boss Joy and I are taking Thursday off, so we'll see you back here Sunday with more zoo news.

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13. Zoo News Sunday: Baby names, Awards and birthday celebrations

Good Sunday to you, Zebee here. Is it getting cold yet where you live? Here at the V Zoo it stays a nice 80 degrees all year round. Can’t get any better weather than that. Anyway, let’s see what’s happening at the world zoos today. See you at the end.

Hogle Zoo opens new animal care center
This is great! Not only will this building help all the animals at the zoo, it’s also environmentally friendly. I think what it says about the floors is really cool. I never heard of floors that radiated heat or any of the other things it says.

San Diego’s Baby Panda Gets a Name.
See what name was chosen and watch the video.

Wildlights at the zoo makes perfect date night
Look at the picture and then head over to the zoo. How pretty all the lights and snow look.

Toronto Zoo gorilla picks a name for his son: Nassir
This is a very clever way to have an animal named. See how the dad picked his son’s name.

Australia Zoo Wins Top Awards
Do you live ‘down under’? Go visit your zoo today.

The Bronx Zoo turns 110: Here are 110 things you need to know about this NYC favorite
Read all 110. My favorite is # 86. Elvis likes #44. Which is your favorite?

Fundraiser planned for Bucks County Zoo Nov. 28
If you live In Pennsylvania, be sure to go by and show your support.

Giant cards add to holiday flavor at zoo light show
This looks really cool. If you near by, be sure to check it out.

Annual lights display at SC zoo begins
The Christmas light show starts this weekend. Make a date to go.

Critters perform, trees sing, lights glow at Zoo nighttime display
This one’s at the Columbus Zoo. Head on over.

Oregon Spotted Frogs Raised at Oregon Zoo Released into the Wild
I love the things zoos do for al of us animals. Here’s one more great example.

Zoo ready to turn on WildLights
Okay, this is the Living Desert celebration. Live nearby Palm Desert? Check it out.

Wow! Not much news, but the news that we found sure was great. So, make a date to go to your local zoo very soon. You never know what might be happening at the zoo.

See you back here Tuesday. Now, where was that apple? Oh, I see it over under the…



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14. Book Review: Triangle Top, The Tale of a Troubled Tribe by Mark Johnson

Good Thursday morning to you all. Zebee here with another really great book. When my boss Joy read this one to us, we all thought back to when we had Mori’s surprise birthday party. Without all of us helping out, the party wouldn’t have happened. Anyway, let me get out of the way so Joy can tell you about “Triangle Top, The Tale of a Troubled Tribe.”

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Welcome to the world of the Trylicans. They live in a “tremendous triangular territory known as Triangle Top.” And so begins their adventure. All the Trylicans treasured the tasty treat called trumples and would do anything to get them. In order to get the tasty trumples, they had to work together, which they did beautifully. In their journey to find trumples, Travis the Twebble came across a problem. To get the trumples ahead, they would need to cross some very troubling terrain if they couldn’t turn everyone around. Were the Twebbles able to turn the rest of the tribe around? Did they find more trumples? You’ll find out when you pick up your copy of “Triangle Top, The Tale of a Troubled Tribe.”

Mark Johnson has used the letter “T” and cleverly woven a fun tale about cooperation. Without all parts working towards a common goal, the results might be disastrous. Add in the creative imagination of Christina Rodriguez and her incredible illustrations and you have a book children will truly enjoy. The lesson learned is one they will use throughout their lives.


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I don’t know about you, but I really loved this story and want my own copy so I can read it over and over again. I’m going to hop over to Penelope Press and buy my copy today. Care to join me there?

Want to follow along and see what “Triangle Top” is up to? Check out their FaceBook page.

Don’t you just love Christina’s illustrations? Here’s a link to her site. I know she would love to have you drop in and say hi. Tell them my boss Joy sent you, they’re cyber buddies.

Okay, I’ve got to run. We’re starting to plan our Thanksgiving get together and I don’t want to miss out. See you back here Sunday with more zoo news.
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15. Are These For Real?

Okay, my boss Joy's cyber friend Kim Wheedleton posted this on her blog. When Joy saw it, she knew we had to share it here. Oh, Zebee here, I got so excited about the video, I forgot to introduce myself. Anyway, here it is.



Now, while my boss Joy and I were looking at the above video, we stumbled across this one. Way cool!



Which one do you like best? Why?
Oh, and do you think they're real?

See you Thursday with a great new book review.

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16. Zoo News Sunday: Orangutans, bonobos and Christmas already!?!

Good morning Bloggerville fans, Zebee here. It’s been a quite week on zoo news fronts. Check out a finds and meet me at the end. I have a request for all of you.

Philadelphia Zoo Shows Off Newest Addition
Watch this video of a baby orangutan and learn about the naming contest.

Jacksonville zoo welcomes baby bonoboJacksonville zoo welcomes baby bonoboJacksonville Zoo Welcomes Baby Bonobo
See the first bonobo born at the zoo in more than five years.

Celebrating 20 years of reptiles at the zoo
Join the celebration. Read all about it.

Komodo Dragons Make Debut at Phoenix Zoo
Read all about this great addition to the zoo.

Toledo Zoo turns on The Lights Before Christmas
It’s not too early for Christmas lights and Toledo Zoo is having their ceremonial lighting on November 20th. Mark it on your calendar if you live in the are.

Red and Blue Primate Babies at the Zoo!
See the new babies with their moms.

300-Pound Gorilla Voluntarily Monitors His Blood Pressure
Fascinating! Learn how this came about and see how it works.

Santa Safari Arrives at the Louisville Zoo
If you live in the area, check out the schedule and mark it on your calendar.

Okay, are you ready for Christmas? Many of the zoos around the world are too. I’d love to mention YOUR zoo and what they are doing special for this holiday season. So, drop me a comment anytime over the next several weeks. I promise to post you local zoo events.

Thanks and I hope you all have a great day. See you back here Tuesday. I have an amazing video to share with you and all your friends. Bye for now.

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17. Book Review: Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster by Mayra Calvani


Good morning book fans. Zebee and the whole gang here. It’s book review Thursday at the V Zoo, and you know what that means. Right! We have another great book to share with you today. Let’s get right to it. Here’s my boss Joy’s review.

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Humberto loves to read. He read all the time no matter what he was doing. He could eat, brush his teeth, cook and go for a walk and read at the same time. He even listened to audio books while he slept.
The only time he couldn’t read was when he exercised on his wheel. Then he’d think about the books he’d read and become a part of the story.
Humberto was very busy reading. He had no time for his friends. He wanted to read all the good books ever written. His neighbors would invite him to play, but Humberto always had a book he had to read.
Then one day it rained. It rained so hard that the river overflowed and flooded all the animals’ homes. What happened to ‘Humberto’s books? What happened to all the animals’ homes? How did Humberto help his neighbors?

“Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster” sparks the imagination and natural curiosity of a child. Mayra has captured the essence of a true bookworm in Humberto. She’s given children an introduction into the wonderful world of books that can last a lifetime and the meaning of true friendship.

Kit Grady’s illustrations are charming. They pull you into Humberto’s world and show you the wonder of the many books he’s read as well as his animal friends.


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Okay, so there you have it. I couldn’t have said it better myself. How about a trip to your local library or bookstore now. What book are you going to pick up? I’m running over to Guardian Angel Publishing to get my copy of “Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster” and then I’m going to browse the rest of the great books there. Care to join me?

Maybe I can ‘talk’ our boss Joy into taking all the animals here at the V Zoo on a field trip to the local library. Wouldn’t that be fun? I can just see it. Billy would be swinging from the lights . . .

Got to go. See you back here Sunday for more zoo news.

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18. Fun Online Zoo Puzzles

Good morning! Zebee here. Today I don't have much time. My boss Joy is going to arrive any minute, so, I only have a few minutes to be on her computer.

I found a really cool web site to share with all of you zoo lovers. It's called You Belong at the Zoo.
There are all kinds of puzzle games for you to play. They have:

match the animal games
zoo animal hangman
zoo animal name jumble
zoo animal word search
zoo animal puzzles
zoo animal photo safari
zoo tic tac toe
and lots more.

Have fun! I've got to go, here comes my boss Joy. See you Thursday with another great book review.

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19. "Boo at the Zoo" is at a zoo near you!

With Halloween right around the corner, my boss Joy thought we should dedicate one last post to all the area zoos. I hope we got your local zoo in one of these listings. If not, call you zoo and see if they are having a Halloween party this year. Okay, here are some more zoos to check out:

Como Zoo

HallZOOween at the Minnesota Zoo

The Jackson Zoo

St.Louis Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

ZooMontana

Chahinkapa Zoo

Roosevelt Park Zoo

Riverside Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo

I sure hope we didn't miss yours. Whatever you do Halloween, be safe and have fun!

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20. Zoo News Sunday: More Boos, Babies and Update on Baghdad Zoo

Good Sunday morning everyone! Zebee here. Is it sunny where you are? Or is it snowing? What ever the weather is, enjoy your day. Now, let’s visit some zoos and see what’s happening around the world.

Zoo Welcomes the Spirit of the ADA
This is really a great thing.

Rare Okapi Calf Born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Mori would love to go see his newest relative. Want to join him?

Meet zoo’s new tiger Saturday
Okay, so this was for yesterday, but he’s still there and you can go see him.

Minnesota Zoo Grizzly Bears Destroy 500-Pound Pumpkin
Watch the video!

New Babies at the Virginia Zoo
See all the newest arrivals with the latest one being a giraffe.

Zoo celebrates birth of 82-lb. Zebra
Wow! I have a new relative too. Boy or girl? Don’t know but it’s sure cute.

Once-tame Baghdad zoo now a roaring success
See what’s new at the Baghdad Zoo.

Zoo animals get blessing
Now I like this. Zoo animals on a field trip!

Polar bear Flocke to move to France
Do you live near Antibes, France? Go say hello to Flocke if you do.

Now for this week’s list of Zoo Boo events:

Michigan City Boo at the Zoo

Akron: 'Boo at the Zoo' fun for kids of all ages

Dickerson Park Zoo Spooktacular

Ghouls Haunt Nashville Zoo

Norman zoo plans Howl-O-Ween events

See how your favorite haunts look in orange and black

Final Weekend to Catch Boo at the Zoo this Year

Staten Island Zoo's Spooktacular begins tonight

Boo at the Zoo Boise Style

Okay, next Saturday is Halloween. What are YOU dressing up as? My boss Joy said she’s making her costume. I heard her telling Rebekha she’s going as a fa…

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21. Book Review: Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue by Mary Jean Kelso

It's Thursday her at the v Zoo, and that means it's book review time. Hello everyone, Zebee here. Let's see what my boss Joy is going to read to us today.


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"Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue" by Mary Jean Kelso

This week’s story is the third in the Andy and Sprit stories. Once again Andy and Spirit show what a great team they make.

We are back at the State Fair. It’s the day after Andy won the ‘Grand Champion’ ribbon in the 4-H riding competition. He and his mom have stayed over to see the rest of the fair and see how the other 4-H clubs do in their competitions.

Tracy, Spirit’s owner, has promised a ride around the tents to show Andy all the 4-H animals and the rest of the livestock that’s at the fair. When they arrive at the rodeo arena, Andy is watching a girl practicing barrel racing when suddenly one of the bulls breaks down the gate to his pen. The bull races after the girl and her horse then takes off out of the arena chasing Spirit, Andy and Tracy. When they reach the barn, the bull and Billy (the school bully) enter it at the same time. Will Billy be hurt? Will Spirit be hurt? See what happens and how Andy and Spirit save the day.

Mary Jean has once again done a wonderful job portraying the love between horse and boy. Her imagery brings you to the fair and makes you feel like you’re riding with Andy. K.C.’s illustrations show you all the action in this thrilling story.

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Well, I don't know about you, but I really liked this book. Mary Jean sure has a way with all things horses.

If you want your own copy, hop over to Guardian Angle Publishing. You can get a three in the series while you're there. I want a set for my personal collection, so I'll see you there!
See you back here Sunday. Oh, and be sure to go to your local "Boo at the Zoo" this weekend. Send me pictures please, I'd love to see you all in your neat costumes.
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22. Zoo News Sunday: Boo wrap up, fund raisers and research projects


Good morning everyone in Bloggerville. Zebee here. So, did you put your clocks back in you’re in the U.S.? Oh, did you have fun last night trick-or-treating? My boss Joy dressed up for work as “The Fairy godmother of the Sea Creatures.” Here’s a picture of the mask she made herself. Do you like it?

Okay, let’s get on with our weekly zoo tour. Now that Halloween is over, let’s see what some zoos have reported about their ‘Boo at the Zoo’ days. Then onto other zoo news. Ready, let’s go!

Halloween hits the world's zoos
Watch the slide show of animals having fun around the world.

Bristol Zoo Animals Enjoying Halloween
Neat slideshow!

Zoo animals enjoy Halloween treat
More pictures of animals enjoying pumpkin treats.

OFFBEAT: Brookfield Zoo hosts Halloween hoopla
Look at these very clever costumes. Which one is your favorite?

Pink Halloween at Isle of Wight Zoo
Okay, you’ve got to see this picture. What animal(s) did they choose to represent there pink Halloween? Pretty neat, I think.

So, here is the rest of the zoo news for the week…

Free Admission to See Potter Park Zoo's Artic Fox, Snow Leopards, Tigers and Other Winter Animals
Cool! Check and see if you qualify for free admission.

One Cent Means An Expanded World For Polar Bears
Great way for school children to get involved and learn the power of the penny.


Cincinnati Zoo's Staff Standing By Awaiting One Millionth Visitor
I’m glad to see zoo attendance is up this year. We get lonely when you don’t come to see us. We look forward to your visits and, yes, we know the regulars. But that’s a story for another time…

Zoo to add stars from Asia Take our poll
Yeah! This zoo’s growing. More for the locals to see when they visit.

6,300 send in names for zoo's new panda
Wow! That’s a lot of names. See when they’ll announce the winner.

Punjab zoo introduces battery-run vehicles for visitors
WTG Punjab zoo!

Orangutan baby causes a stir at Munich Zoo
Video of mom and her baby.

National Zoo to breed bats to study disease that killed 1 million
Interesting article about bat research. Zoos do a lot of research different projects.

Bristol Zoo Gives Their Aquarium Area a Make Over
See what’s back on display and what’s new.

Oregon Zoo's Polar Bears Come Right Up to the Window to Lick Off Cream Cheese
How cool is that for a special treat? I wonder how I can get some cream cheese?

Fresno zoo leaps to rescue imperiled frog
Another zoo doing very important research. Thank you Fresno.

I guess that’s it for this week. See you back here Tuesday with more fun happenings at the V Zoo.

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23. Today is Cliché Day!

Hi everyone, Zebee here with the rest of the gang at the V Zoo. Did you have a fun time on Halloween? We did.

Now that Halloween is over, what's next? Let's see...

Mori: Did you know that today is Cliché Day?

Billy: What's a Cliché?

Lito: It's a saying that people use too much so it loses the meaning it originally had.

Mori: My favorite is "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

Billy: Oh, I get it. It's like "he's got ants in his pants" right?

Lito: That's a good one. Does your mom say that about you Billy when you start running all around your exhibit? I like "as easy as pie."

Billy: Ha, ha, ha.

Zebee: I like "kick up your heels" because I like to do that. So, kids out there in Bloggerville, what's your favorite Cliché? Not sure? Hop over to clichesite.com and check it out.

Be sure to drop all of us here at the V Zoo and share your favorite one, okay?

See you Thursday!

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24. Book Review: Soap, Soap, Soap by Elizabeth Dulemba



Good book review day Bloggerville fans! Zebee here with a really fun book for you. Here's my boss Joy with her take on the book.



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Today is all about soap or jabón. Writer and illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba has written a fun filled bilingual story about Hugo, a young boy. His mamá sends him to the store to buy soap or jabón. Follow Hugo's adventure to the store and see who he meets along the way. Watch out, or you might end up needing a bath by the end of the story.





Elizabeth's illustrations are amazing. Her style really makes you feel like you are running right along side Hugo during his adventure. This is Elizabeth's first book that she both wrote the story and did the illustration. She has done a wonderful job weaving a cute story and illustrations together. All young children will enjoy this book.



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Here is the trailer for Soap Soap Soap / jabón jabón jabón









Want more? Check out all the activities Elizabeth has over at her website.


Where can you buy "Soap Soap Soap?"

Barnes and Noble


Borders


Amazon


and at your local Independent book store. Go here to find the one closest to you.



Bye for today. See you back here Sunday with more zoo news.





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25. Zoo News Sunday: Hippos, Jaguars and the Salvation Army

Good day zoo lovers. I’ve got some fascinating treats for you today. Enjoy!

To start today off, I came across this incredible video about tow friends, Bella and Tara. Watch it, you too will be amazed.

Hippos crowd Israel zoo
That’s a lot of hippos! See how many and what zoos they are being sent to.

Minnesota zoo volunteers celebrate a shared birthday: one's 90, one's 100
See, age doesn’t make a difference. Read about these two interesting men.

African Painted Dog Litter Born At Pgh. Zoo
See these cuties and read their sad story.

Jacksonville Zoo Gets 2 Female Gorillas
Watch the video and meet Bulera and Madini.

Detroit Zoo hosts Salvation Army clothing drive
If this is your local zoo, go through your closets and help out this worthy cause.

New at the zoo: Two baby jaguars at Amazonia, public will name them LIVE VIDEO
Watch the video and learn about jaguars.

Akron Zoo To Add More Attractions
Something to look forward to at the Akron Zoo.

5 things you need to know about: panda names
Check out the 5 name finalists, learn their meanings. Sorry, voting polls are closed, but the winning name will be announced on Nov. 17.

Santa Fe zoo uses Halloween festivities to aid local food banks
This is where Rebekha went to lean how to be a zookeeper. Read about the fun time everyone had.

First Okapi Birth at the Lowry Park Zoo Since the Adult Animals Arrived in 2007
Babies are so cute, aren’t they? This one is no exception.

I’m going to end today with this fun quiz from Zoo and Aquarium Visitor. Test your IQ about the Giant Pacific Octopus.

See you back here Tuesday.

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