Warm up to these cold-blooded creatures through zookeeper talks and engaging activities
The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is celebrating World Lizard Day on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo’s Holden Reptile Conservation Center. Through hands-on activities, visitors can learn about the characteristics and behaviors of these cold-blooded reptiles as well as the threats they face in the wild.
Zookeeper talks will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests will be able to use a virtual-reality headset to explore the environment and behaviors of a Komodo dragon. Another activity will allow guests to learn what it means to be cold-blooded through analyzing photos of lizards taken with a thermal-imaging infrared camera.
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“World Lizard Day helps people develop an appreciation for the lizards that call the Detroit Zoo home, as well as the thousands of other lizard species living around the world,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer. “It helps build an understanding of the threats lizards face in nature and what we do to help them.”
Visitors will learn about the 12 species of lizards that live at the Zoo, including the San Esteban Island chuckwalla, Rio Fuerte beaded lizard and prehensile-tailed skink. These lizards are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, a cooperative management program that ensures genetically healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of threatened and endangered species.
The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 235 species. The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.