cMaya d the Jaguar " Dinner Dance "Animal Hospital cMaya d the Jaguar " Dinner Dance "Animal Hospital On April 22nd we dedicated the long-awaited Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex comprised of the Salvatore M. Zeitlin Animal Hospital and the unique Center for Conservation Medicine.
Awash in southwestern colors and situated at the northern edge of the zoo, this new build- ing is thoroughly green. We designed the structure to be LEED certified at the Gold level but the process of certification takes some time so we won 9t know if we achieved this notable benchmark for many months. The acronym stands for cLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. d The parking section adjacent to the building is an example of how LEED works.
We installed pavers that have porous gravel that absorbs rain- water into the soil thereby preventing storm water runoff and soil erosion. This area also contains our first priority parking place for low-emission vehi- cles. As the zoo evolves we will install additional parking spaces to encour- age and reward visitors who drive hybrid and other low emission, energy saving vehicles.
Inside the building a continuous loop Power-Point presenta- tion will teach our visitors about green ... more. less.
buildings and green technology with a strong emphasis on renewable energy sources. A grant from Florida Power and Light (FPL) Foundation enabled the zoo to install photovoltaic panels on the roof providing solar power for the building. The initial installation was expected to reach 12% solar efficiency but this level of performance will be evaluated as we occupy the building.<br><br> Eventually, we will install additional, more powerful panels and innovative solar battery systems to enhance our solar power source. We are grateful for our partnerships with FPL and the many new friends we 9ve made as a function of our commitment to renewable energy. I 9ll have more to say about this technology as our system grows in capacity.<br><br> In a speech to the City 9s Sustainability Conference in February, I outlined a vision of our green- ing program, acknowledging the leadership role of the Palm Beach Zoo. Working with the City of West Palm Beach and other corporate and gov- ernment partners, we hope to green Dreher Park and rebrand it the cPaul Dreher Eco-Park. d By appropriate reforestation and xeriscaping techniques, water quality upgrades, the installation of solar and wind energy systems, and judicious marshland simulations the habitat will once again be attractive to wildlife and people alike. Eventually the naturalistic continuity of the park and zoo will provide ecological lessons for all who visit the revitalized Paul Dreher Eco-Park, an experience worthy of the label landscape immersion.<br><br> The animal hospital, named for long-serving consulting veterinarian, Dr. Sal Zeitlin, is the culmination of years of planning. Dr.<br><br> Zeitlin 9s ideas and innova- tions are found throughout the 10,000 square foot facility. It is truly state- of-the-art and one of the most advanced veterinary hospitals in the nation. An additional feature of the unit is the Center for Conservation Medicine, a setting for lectures, workshops and symposia, classes, and networking recep- tions exploring themes in medicine and conservation.<br><br> Distance learning technology will allow our team to beam images to collaborating hospitals, universities, and public schools. Education is a big part of the daily priorities of our key staff. We have recruited a full-time veterinary leader to operate the Animal Care Complex, hospital, and Center.<br><br> Dr. Michele Miller most recently worked for Disney 9s Animal Kingdom in Orlando and she is known internationally for her pioneering research in the emerging field of conser- vation medicine. Dr.<br><br> Miller and Dr. Zeitlin both have offices in the Animal Care Complex where they will collaborate to provide a new level of veteri- Summer 2009 " Volume 111" Issue IV www.palmbeachzoo.org 2 ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES BOARD OF DIRECTORS " 2009-2010 OFFICERS Chairman Mr. Luis J.<br><br> Fernandez Vice Chairman Mr. Kane K. Baker Treasurer Mr.<br><br> James B. Meany Secretary Mrs. Patricia Lebow, Esq.<br><br> Member at Large Dr. Daniel J. Comerford, III Directors Emeritus Mr.<br><br> Alvin Brown Mrs. Peggy Brown Mr. James Hancock Mrs.<br><br> Ladona Hancock In Memoriam Mrs. Wynne S. Ballinger (1923-2008) Mr.<br><br> George D. Cornell (1910-2003) Mrs. Harriet W.<br><br> Cornell (1914-1999) Dr. Rolla D. Campbell, Jr.<br><br> (1920-2008) BOARD MEMBERS Mr. Andrew M. Aiken Mrs.<br><br> Marilyn Beuttenmuller, Esq. Mrs. Whitney Wood Bylin Mrs.<br><br> Kim K. Campbell Mrs. Kathie Comerford Ms.<br><br> Dale Coudert Mrs. Clementina Santi Flaherty Mr. Gary E.<br><br> Krieger Mr. George F. Merck Mr.<br><br> J. B. Murray, Esq.<br><br> Mr. Stephen Myers Mr. Guillermo Perez-Vargas Mr.<br><br> William Powell Mr. Tom Quick Mrs. Pam Rauch Mrs.<br><br> Tiffany Raborn Mrs. Sandra S. Rooney Mr.<br><br> Salvatore A. Tiano Mr. Paul Van der Grift Mr.<br><br> William S. Williams, Esq. Editor: Kristen Cytacki Design & Publication: GRT Ad Services Photography: Keith Lovett Address: 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3098 Zoo Hours: Open Daily 9 a.m.<br><br> - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day Phone: (561) 547-WILD (9453) " Fax: (561) 585-6085 Membership Office: (561) 533-0887 ext. 223 Zoo e-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.palmbeachzoo.org ©2009, The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.<br><br> Palm Beach Zoo is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. President/CEO Terry L. Maple, Ph.D.<br><br> Senior Vice President/COO W. Garrett Hambuechen Vice President/CFO Soteros G. Maniatty Chief Development Officer Glenn Ekey Chief Veterinary Officer and Director of Conservation Medicine Michele Miller, DVM and Ph.D.<br><br> Director of Living Collections Keith Lovett Director of Education Kristen Cytacki EXECUTIVE STAFF PUBLICATION STAFF INSIDE THE PALM BEACH ZOO Zoo President/CEO Dr. Terry L. Maple with a baby giant anteater named cEO. d FEATURES Palm Beach Zoo 3 ARTICLES 2 Inside the Palm Beach Zoo 4 New Animals in the Zoo 6 News and Notes 7 Dinner Dance 9 Animal Care Complex Opening 13 ZooScapes Event 14 Zoo Supporters 17 Calendar of Events 18 Zoo Camp FRONT COVER TABLE OF CONTENTS nary care for our collection.<br><br> Our new Animal Care Complex would not exist without the generous lead gift of Melvin J. and Claire Levine. We believe the superior quality and operating standards of this building will be an enduring testimony to the Levine 9s commitment to conservation as embodied in the programs and dedicated staff of the Palm Beach Zoo.<br><br> We also acknowledge significant major gifts from Dr. Rolla and Kim Campbell and Helen and James Rosburg, board leaders and friends who sought to recognize the expertise and service of Dr. Zeitlin in the animal hospital that now bears his name.<br><br> We welcome guid- ed tours of the new medical and conserva- tion facilities for our members, donors and friends. Superior medical care is on display each and every day in the spectacular Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex.<br><br> Terry L. Maple. Ph.<br><br> D. A New Howler Monkey Joins The Troop Page 15 Welcome Maya To Our Jaguar Family Page 12 Mission: The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through programs in field research, endangered species propagation, education, health and wellness, and conservation medicine.<br><br> Our sustainable and responsible business practices and local, national and global partnerships enable the Palm Beach Zoo to support global conservation, species survival, and habitat preservation. Photo by Keith Lovett Photo by Keith Lovett www.palmbeachzoo.org 4 By Gwen Lovett, Curator of Animal Programs NEW ANIMALS AT THE ZOO African Black Crakes The zoo recently acquired two female African black crakes (Limnocorax flavirostra) from Disney 9s Animal Kingdom as part of the regional breeding program for this species. These wading birds will be featured in the Beuttenmuller Aviary.<br><br> African crakes are found in the grassland areas of sub-Saharan Africa near rivers and streams and typically feed on insects and worms. Avian Arrivals from the Cayman Islands Three new species of birds were acquired by the Palm Beach Zoo from the Boatswain Beach Aquarium in the Cayman Islands. On Christmas Eve, 2008, eight blue-black grassquits (Volatinia jaca- rina), seven saffron finches (Sicalis flaveola), and four white-crowned pigeons (Columba leucocephala) were transported to the zoo from the USDA quarantine station in Miami.<br><br> Blue-black grassquits are found in Central and South America and the Caribbean islands while saffron finches are typically found only in South America. White-crowned pigeons are a migratory species and are found in the Caribbean and some parts of south Florida. Unfortunately, habitat loss in their mangrove island nesting sites is causing a threat to this species.<br><br> Mosquito-controlling pesticides are also having an impact on white-crowned pigeon numbers in the wild. These three species are a new cfirst d for the zoo and are now featured in their new home next to our Burmese python exhibit on the west side of the zoo. Red-ruffed lemurs move to new homes The zoo 9s large family group of red- ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) became a little smaller in October when two of the triplets born in 2007 were transferred to other AZA-accredited zoos to begin fami- lies of their own!<br><br> Sixteen-month-old cMitsambikina d ( cSambi d for short) was transferred to the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan and cSambi 9s d brother cTomady d is now residing at the Miami Metrozoo. Both are doing very well and enjoying their new homes. New Howler Monkey On October 5th, the zoo 9s howler monkey pair, (Alouatta caraya) cRay d and cHarlow d gave birth to a baby boy.<br><br> This baby is their 11th since being paired together here at the zoo in 1995! This 9 month- old charmer can be seen on exhibit daily with his parents and siblings at the end of the Tiger Falls exhibit pathway. Read more about our newest howler monkey on page 15.<br><br> In Case You Haven 9t Heard The Palm Beach Zoo has a new female Jaguar cub (Panther onca) named cMaya. d Now 9 months old and a whopping 43 pounds, she was born on October 28, 2008 to proud parents cNabalam d & cMuchacho. d This birth is the fifth cub born to this pair! cMaya d made her public debut on January 5th, 2009 to a large group of zoo visitors, staff, press and town officials. Please visit cMaya d and her moth- er cNabalam d at their exhibit in the Harriet W.<br><br> and George D. Cornell Tropics of the Americas. Photos by Keith Lovett Palm Beach Zoo 5 New Species of Porcupine at the Zoo On November 14th, 2008 a two week old South African or Cape crested porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) joined the zoo family from the Central Florida Zoo in Lake Monroe.<br><br> Now, just over 8 months old, little cPriscilla d weighs in at 18.6 pounds and continues to be hand-reared by the zoo 9s animal training staff. The South African crested porcupine is the largest rodent in its native habitat, and lives in countries only south of the Sahara desert, (its range does not include the southwestern coastal desert). This spiky rodent prefers to burrow in large dens underground and also inhabits wooded and rocky areas.<br><br> The crested porcupine was named for the crest that is formed when its 9 shoulder quills are erect; a defense mechanism used when it feels threatened. These quills can be anywhere from one to twelve inches long while spines can grow up to 20 inches in length. When the barbs are raised, they can fall out very easily, making it difficult for any animal to touch them without getting one embedded in their skin.<br><br> Any barbs that fall out are replaced by new ones that grow in quickly after. cPriscilla d is now the newest member of the Wild Things Show that is performed at 1:00 pm Monday through Friday and at 12:00 and 4:00 pm on weekends at the Wildlife Theater located across from the Butterfly Garden and the Beuttenmuller Aviary. Reptile News The largest lizard species has rejoined the zoo!<br><br> cHannah d a Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on loan from the Miami Metrozoo made her public debut on Friday, February 13th. cHannah d is the second Komodo dragon in residence in the zoo 9s history. The zoo 9s first dragon was also a female named cZephyr, d unfortunately she passed away on February 14th, 2005.<br><br> Typical of female dragons, cHannah d is over 7 feet long and weighs 90 pounds! Male Komodo dragons can weigh in over 330 pounds and reach lengths in upwards of 9 feet! Komodo dragons are found on the island of Komodo in Indonesia, as well as the neighboring islands of Rinca and Flores.<br><br> These impressive reptiles are listed as an endan- gered species because of their limited range in the wild, volcanic and fire activity on their native islands, and loss of prey species. New Species Join the Wings Over Water Show Two new birds have recently joined the Wings Over Water (WOW) show roster! cRed d a Pondicherry vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) will be fea- tured for his important conser- vation education message.<br><br> cRed d is the only known Pondicherry vulture in North America and is important for teaching zoo visitors about the crisis that Asian vultures are facing in the wild due to poi- soning from exposure to a drug used in cattle called diclofenac. This powerful drug is retained in the body of the treated ani- mal even after death and causes sudden death for vultures who feed on these carcasses. cDarla, d the zoo 9s first and only ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) now proudly makes her way down the crunway d during the WOW show!<br><br> This species of hornbill is native to Africa and notorious for their hysterical personality and long eyelashes. The next time you are visiting the zoo, take some time to stop by the WOW show and be dazzled by our new stars! 2009 Reciprocal List Membership at the Palm Beach Zoo entitles you and all those who qualify under your membership to either DISCOUNTED or FREE admission to over 135 participating AZA accredited zoos, aquariums, and museums throughout the country.<br><br> You must present your Palm Beach Zoo Membership Card at these participating zoos and aquariums. The newly updated reciprocal list is available online at www.palmbeachzoo.org . This list is subject to change without notice at the discretion of participating facilities.<br><br> Please call the facil- ity prior to your visit to verify their admission policy. E-Mail Request The zoo relies on e-mail to keep members informed about new animals, events, and exhibit openings. We send a monthly e-newsletter entitled Zoo Bytes , plus occasional notices about animal news, discount offers, and special events.<br><br> If we don 9t have your e-mail address, you are missing out on a lot of exciting news. Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org . It 9s that simple.<br><br> You and your family should always know what 9s new at the zoo! The Palm Beach Zoo Needs You! Please Volunteer Today If you are enthusiastic about wildlife and enjoy interacting with people of all ages then you belong in the Palm Beach Zoo 3 Volunteering that is!<br><br> For Ages 14+ Guest Services Education Programs Special Events To download a volunteer application, visit us online at: www.palm- beachzoo.org . To contact the Volunteer Office please e-mail: email@example.com . Gift Memberships Do you know someone who belongs in the zoo?<br><br> Then surprise them with the gift of an annual zoo membership. A gift that keeps giving year-round, zoo membership allows your family member or friend to enjoy the zoo any day they choose! They can visit for a few hours, or stay all day and enjoy wonderful exhibits, beautiful tropical landscaping, our refreshing interactive fountain and special activities like our animal shows and feedings.<br><br> This distinctive gift also supports important conservation and research programs at the zoo. The gift of zoo membership is truly a unique opportunity to make a difference for wildlife. To order a special gift membership package simply complete a membership application with the gift recipient 9s information and we will send them a welcome packet with some special surprises.<br><br> For more information, please contact us at: (561) 533-0887 ext. 223 or visit us online at: www.palmbeach- zoo.org . Sponsor a Wild Child Featured Animal: Florida Panther Your one-time sponsorship fee will help the zoo care for not only our Florida Panther cColin Patrick d but the 1,700 other animals entrusted to our care.<br><br> Sponsors will receive a color photo, Certificate of Sponsorship suitable for framing, and a Fun Fact Sheet about your chosen animal. Big cats aren 9t your thing? If not, then feel free to choose from any animal in the zoo 9s collection.<br><br> Sponsorship funds are used to provide special diets, medicines, behav- ioral enrichments and habitat improvements for our residents. For more information, please email us at info@palm- beachzoo.org or visit us online at www.palm- beachzoo.org . For Ages 18+ Docent (Volunteer Educator) Program Animal Care Programs Animal Care Internships Education Internships Business/Marketing Internships Photo by Mike Klenetsky NEWS & NOTES 6 www.palmbeachzoo.org National Magazine Cover The zoo 9s Director of Living Collections, Keith Lovett has his photograph of cMaya, d the zoo 9s newest jaguar, featured on the April issue of Connect , the Association of Zoos and Aquarium 9s national monthly magazine.<br><br> Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach Honorary Chairman: Frances Scaife Chairmen: Thomas C. Quick & Diana Ecclestone Vice Chairmen: Mary & Mark Freitas Co-Chairmen: Charlene Nederlander & Mia Matthews Social Event Planner: Reneé Wood Regine Traulsen and Bill Diamond Earlier this year, the Palm Beach Zoo held one of its most important events, the cOur Magnificent Animal Kingdom d dinner dance. This annual black tie event not only raises awareness for the zoo 9s worldwide conservation and education projects but assists in raising much needed funds to help offset thecost of pro- viding our 1,700+ animals with the state-of-the-art care they so rightly deserve.<br><br> Over 400 attendees danced the night away to the Bob Hardwick Sound Orchestra amongst amazing life-size recre- ations of jungle animals provided by Sutka Productions International. On behalf of The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc. and the cOur Magnificent Animal Kingdom d Committee, the Palm Beach Zoo would like to thank those indi- viduals, businesses, and organizations that so generously gave their support.<br><br> Photos by Lucien Capehart cOur Magnificent Animal Kingdom d Greg Connors and cWilbur d a Hoffmann 9s two-toed Sloth City of West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Dr. Terry L. Maple, Zoo President/CEO Callista and Newt Gingrich, Giana Allen and Zoo Board Member Stephen Myers Dinner Dance Chairman Diana Ecclestone and Zoo Board Member and Dinner Dance Chairman Tom Quick Palm Beach Zoo 7 Zoo Board Member Paul Van der Grift and wife Joan Vice Chairmen Mary and Mark Freitas Social Event Planner Reneé Wood and Frances Hayward Honorary Chairman Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter Zoo Board Member Whitney Wood Bylin and husband Eric Zoo Board Member Dale Coudert and Steven Rose Mary Baker and Zoo Board Vice Chairman Kane Baker with Zoo Board Member Kim Campbell Zoo Board Member Marilyn Beuttenmuller and husband Donald Co-Chairman Charlene Nederlander and Christopher Philips www.palmbeachzoo.org 8 Palm Beach Zoo 9 On Earth Day, April 22nd, the Palm Beach Zoo dedicated the Melvin J.<br><br> and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex (ACC) with an opening ceremony and media event. More than 150 West Palm Beach government, corporate and philanthropic leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of a dream. Construction began in 2007, bolstered by a $2.5 million gift from Melvin J.<br><br> and Claire Levine of Palm Beach. This unique $4.8 million, 10,000-square-foot building, which includes the Salvatore M. Zeitlin Animal Hospital and the Center for Conservation Medicine, has been designed to meet the stringent environmental guidelines of the U.S.<br><br> Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System" which is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high per- formance green buildings. The facilities were designed to attain Gold-level LEED certification, but it takes a few months for final approval. Once certification is granted, the Levine Animal Care Complex will feature the first LEED certified zoo hospital in any accredited zoo or aquarium in the nation.<br><br> Antje Farber and Regina Porten Tom McCarter, Frances Scaife and Dr. Salvatore Zeitlin, the zoo 9s Senior Consulting Veterinarian Left to right: Gary Krieger - Zoo Board Member, Whitney Wood Bylin - Zoo Board Member, Katy Amiling, Andrew Aiken - Zoo Board Member, Khooshe Aiken and Luis Fernandez - Zoo Board Chairman The Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex Grand Opening Photos by Lucien Capehart From left to right: Tiffany Raborn - Zoo Board Member, West Palm Beach City Commissioner Bill Moss, Mayor Lois Frankel, Melvin J.<br><br> and Claire Levine, Dr. Terry L. Maple-Zoo President/CEO, Dan Comerford 3 Zoo Board Member, Dr.<br><br> Salvatore M. Zeitlin-Senior Consulting Veterinarian LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in six key areas of human and environ- mental health: site planning, water management, energy manage- ment, material use, indoor air quality and innovation & design process. LEED design offers environmental benefits, economic, community, health and safety benefits, reduces the impact on natu- ral resources consumption, enhances occupant comfort and health, and minimizes strain on local infrastructure.<br><br> ACC Green Features Building Construction 3 We reduced pollution from the con- struction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimenta- tion and airborne dust generation. Restored Site Area 3 The project site was previously developed, therefore 50% of the site area was restored with native plants to provide habitat and promote biodiversity. Open Space - The project site has over 20% of the total area dedicated to open space.<br><br> Construction Waste Management 3 We recycled at least 75% of all of the construction waste. Regional Materials - In the construction process,we purchased 20% regionally (within 500 miles) extracted, processed and manu- factured materials. This process effectively reduces energy consumption from transportation of materials to the proj- ect site.<br><br> Water Efficiency - By selecting drought tolerant plants and implementing an efficient irrigation system, the need for potable water was reduced by 50%. The interior of the building has water- efficient fixtures that reduce water use by 33.8% compared to a typical base design. Storm Water Quality Control - The site promotes quality control for storm water management by reducing impervious cover, promoting infiltration, and capturing and treating the storm water run-off from 90% of the average annual rainfall.<br><br> Reduction of Heat Island Effect 3 We utilized paving and roof- ing materials with a high solar reflectance which reduces the ther- mal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas, to minimize the impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat. Light Pollution Reduction 3 The interior lighting is automatical- ly controlled to turn off during non-business hours and provide a manual override. The exterior lighting was designed to minimize light trespass, reduce sky glow and to improve nighttime visibility through glare reduction, thereby reducing the impact on nocturnal environments.<br><br> Renewable Energy System 3 The building will have photovolta- ic (solar) roof panels that will provide 12.8% of clean renewable energy. The solar panels are sponsored by the Florida Power and Light (FPL) foundation. www.palmbeachzoo.org 10 Green Power - The Palm Beach Zoo has contracted with Renewable Choice Energy to provide at least 35% of the building 9s electric energy consumption for a minimum of 2 years.<br><br> Fundamental Refrigerant Management - The refrigerant systems were selected specifically to not use any CFC - based refrigerants, thereby reducing ozone depletion. Optimized Energy Performance - The ACC has an efficient building envelope, HVAC, lighting and other systems to maximize energy performance. The design is calculated to be over 15% more efficient than a typical base building, thereby reducing the environ- mental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.<br><br> Alternative Transportation 3 We offer preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles as well as bicycle storage and showering facilities for bike riders. Recyclables 3 There are designated storage areas in the building to accommodate recycling of paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals. Recycled Content 3 Many of the building products contain 20% recycled content material.<br><br> Certified Wood 3 The ACC building uses a minimum of 50% wood-based materials and products which are certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This process encourages the long-term health and integrity of forest ecosystems which are responsibly maintained. Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives, Sealants, Paints and Coatings 3 We purchased products with reduced levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).<br><br> Low Emitting Materials, Carpet Systems 3 We installed car- pet systems that meet the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Program. Low Emitting Materials, Composite Wood and Agrifiber The interior composite wood products such as plywood, particle board, and medium density fiberboard do not contain any added urea-formaldehyde resins. Controllability of Systems, Lighting & Thermal - There is a high level of individual lighting control for a minimum of 90% of the building occupants and a high level of individual thermal control for at least 50% of the building occupants.<br><br> These features promote pro- ductivity, comfort and wellbeing of zoo staff occupying the building. Day Lighting & Outdoor Views - The building was designed to provide outdoor views for 90% of the spaces for building occupants to allow a visual connection to the outdoors through day lighting and views. Innovation in Design, Educational Program - In the build- ing 9s lobby, there will be a slide show which allows guests to learn what LEED is and the process used to earn LEED accreditation.<br><br> It shows not only general criteria about LEED but also specifics of how the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex met the requirements. Palm Beach Zoo 11 On October 28, 2008 The Palm Beach Zoo proudly welcomed the birth of cMaya, d the newest addition to our jaguar family.<br><br> For the first time in the zoo 9s history, we were able to record a live jaguar birth by means of an infrared camera that was set up in the denning area. This offered a rare opportunity since jaguars almost always give birth in the early morning hours in a dark, secluded den area. Not only was zoo staff able to witness this amazing miracle of life, it also allowed us to conduct a visual examination of the mother, cNabalam, d and cMaya's d health.<br><br> The footage of cMaya's d birth and her first experi- ence nursing are available for viewing at palm- beachzoo.org . Realizing the potential to share with the public, the zoo soon col- laborated with The Palm Beach Post to establish a webcam, connecting a live feed to their Web site in the room with cNabalam d and cMaya d so that anyone interested could watch as she began to develop from an infant into a young cub. This Web site also included a running blog that offered viewers a chance to pose questions to zookeepers concerning subjects ranging from the development of young jaguars to general questions about jaguars as a species.<br><br> The Palm Beach Post also offered a chance to vote for the cub's name. By the time the name cMaya d had been chosen, thousands had participated in the voting process. This type of exposure has made cMaya d extremely popular with zoo visitors.<br><br> It is not uncommon to hear children and par- ents alike talking about her by name long before they even reach the jaguar exhibit. It has also allowed many people to attain a special connection with cMaya d since they were able to watch her mature via the webcam during her first couple of months when she was too young to venture out- doors. This connection causes people to think more about jaguars and conservation in general, which is vital if we are to make neces- sary changes in slowing their steady decline in the wild.<br><br> cMaya d is the fifth cub born to parents cMuchacho d and cNabalam, d and the third jaguar cub to be born at the zoo. This is significant due to the fact that jaguars are listed as an endangered species in the wild. Therefore, it is extremely important to raise the number of captive jaguars so that there will be enough genetic diversity to save the species if deforestation and habitat loss is not halted before jaguars face possible extinction.<br><br> Jaguars are a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium 9s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a management program designed to save specific species. The Palm Beach Zoo's jaguars play a vital role in the Jaguar SSP as cNabalam d and cMuchacho 9s d cubs have gone on to other zoos all over the country to be paired with mates of their own, thus continuing their bloodline through their offspring. These bloodlines represent over 20% of all captive jaguars involved in the breeding program in AZA institutions throughout North America.<br><br> In addition, the zoo has funded the Jaguar SSP Web site (www. jaguarssp.org), which offers viewers comprehensive information concerning the jaguar 9s role in its natural environment and conservation efforts that are being done to allow jaguars to maintain their existence as a viable species on this planet. Though jaguars often have litters consisting of two to three cubs, it is not completely uncommon for them to have just one offspring.<br><br> Jaguars learn vital survival skills from playing with their mother and siblings. Since cMaya d has no siblings to play with, she often focuses her energy on the zoo keepers and zoo visitors. It is not uncommon to see cMaya d stalking zoo visitors or interacting with children through the viewing glass.<br><br> At the zoo, most of our animals including cMaya d are involved in an operant conditioning based training program. For cMaya, d this basically means that zoo keepers will train her to do certain behaviors and then reward her when she obliges. This type of training centers on positive reinforcement.<br><br> The types of behaviors she learns will be helpful in managing cMaya's d health. She will be taught various behaviors such as; to open her mouth on command so the zoo keepers can view her dental health, present her paws on command for pad examinations, and come to the zoo keeper door when called, and many others. So far cMaya d has been trained to station on a scale when asked.<br><br> This allows zoo staff to closely monitor her weight in order to make sure she is developing at the normal rate. At two days old cMaya d weighed 2.1 pounds. At nearly nine months, she weighs 43 pounds.<br><br> Zoo keepers are able to compare this data with that taken from previous jaguar cubs that were born at the zoo as well as compare it to other jaguars exhibited at other AZA zoos to make sure she is progressing at the proper pace. cMaya d is available for viewing on exhibit with her mother, cNabalam, d every day in the Harriet W. and George D.<br><br> Cornell Tropics of Americas exhibit. There is also an educational and informative zoo keeper talk everyday at 11:30 am at the jaguar exhibit. The Palm Beach Zoo Welcomes cMaya d To Our Jaguar Family www.palmbeachzoo.org 12 Photos by Keith Lovett Palm Beach Zoo 13 The Art Party Of The Year ZooScapes!<br><br> The art party of the year, ZooScapes, was held on March 18th at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach honoring Dr. Salvatore M. Zeitlin, Palm Beach Zoo 9s Senior Consulting Veterinarian and Zelda & Allen Mason, Patrons of the Armory Art Center and the Palm Beach Zoo.Susan Andreasen, one of the world 9s most notable contemporary eco-artists hosted this jubi- lant reception and show for her debut exhibition.The opening reception was celebrated in high style with hors d 9oeuvres, ele- gant wines, music and up-close animal encounters.<br><br> Proceeds from the sale of Susan 9s art benefited both the Armory Art Center & the Palm Beach Zoo. Dr. Salvatore Zeitlin, Senior Consulting Veterinarian and wife Joan Dr.<br><br> Terry L. Maple, Zoo President and CEO and wife Addie Glenn Ekey, Chief Development Officer, Susan Andreasen, and Ann Fay Rushforth Helen Bunny Ott, Sara Newcombe, Executive Assistant, Susan Andreasen, Aimee Waters, and Glenn Ekey, Chief Development Officer Ilene Adams, Sonya Gaskell, Nancy Iambrechi, and Ann Fay Rushforth ZOO SUPPORTERS The Palm Beach Zoo received a major grant from Florida Power & Light Foundation toward the completion of the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex, specifically to install an energy-saving photovoltaic system that will help secure LEED certification for the building.<br><br> LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a volun- tary consensus-based national standard for developing high- performance, sustainable ( cgreen d) buildings. Ensuring that the Animal Care Complex is LEED certified is vital to the zoo 9s mission as a conservation-centered institution. Also, a gener- ous grant from The William H.<br><br> Pitt Foundation will help to purchase needed medical equipment for the Salvatore M. Zeitlin Animal Hospital. Additional grants toward completion of the ACC were received from The Marmot Foundation, The Pegasus Foundation, and The Jerome P.<br><br> & Flora P. Heilweil Foundation . The Palm Beach Zoo 9s education division, which reached a total of 246,711 people in fiscal 2008 with important messages on conservation, has received eight new grants since our last update.<br><br> Generous grants were received from JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Prime Time Palm Beach County, the Fortin Foundation, the Picower Foundation, Bank of America, McCormick Tribune Foundation/Sun-Sentinel Children 9s Fund, Office Depot Foundation, TD Charitable Trust, Winn Dixie Foundation, Junior League of Boca Raton , and the Florida Marlins Foundation .The zoo is deeply grateful to these foundations for helping us advance our conservation mission through education. Our field research efforts have received support from the Caribbean Conservation Corporation and the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation . These grants will support the work of Larry Wood, our Conservation Biologist, who is researching sea turtles off the Palm Beach County coast line.<br><br> Additional grants were received from the Vanneck Bailey Foundation and the Willis Foundation to support our efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. By Gail Eaton, National Grants Coordinator Several nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties that have worked to become more "green" while providing valuable community services received recognition for their "green" efforts at the 2nd Annual Nonprofits Going Green Awards Luncheon, held recently at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Nonprofits Going Green Contest honored the work of 20 nonprofit organ- izations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties working to make a difference while becoming more environmentally sustainable.<br><br> Nonprofit organizations received special grant awards and other prizes in recognition of the greening of their operations and programs. In the category of Sustainability Leadership, awards went to organizations for the greatest increase in energy sav- ings accomplished through the most cost-efficient means. The Grand Prize Winner for Sustainability Leadership went to the Palm Beach Zoo for taking a comprehensive strategic planning and implementation approach and particular innovation in waste reduc- tion throughout operations, and sustain- ability in retail items.<br><br> "The Community Foundation under- stands that "going green" is not just a fad but a necessary process of transforming the way we live, work and build commu- nities. Nonprofits often serve as incuba- tors and educators for positive changes in our community," said Leslie Lilly, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Nearly 60 nonprofit organizations applied from throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties.<br><br> The organiza- tions were judged for the environmental sustainability they achieved beyond their mission. Quilt makers Debbie Kinbeck and Mary Campbell have again used their artistry to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Jaguars and jaguar cubs adorn a magnificent quilt which they have donated to the Palm Beach Zoo.<br><br> The quilt was auctioned off at a recent Big Cat Society event for $1,600 to Ronald and Leslie Schram. The quilt donation will support our Jaguar Conservation Fund. The jaguar quilt project is the brainchild of board member Kathie Comerford.<br><br> Photo by Sara Newcombe Pictured here are Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Board Chairman William M. Matthews, Palm Beach Zoo Director of Education Kristen Cytacki and Ken Beall, Co-Chair of the Environmental Committee of the Community Foundation. The zoo received a cash prize of $4,000.<br><br> Zoo Receives Green Award A Jaguar Quilt to Help the Jaguars 14 www.palmbeachzoo.org On Sunday, October 5 th , 2008, primate keepers were delighted to meet the newest member of our primate family. The zoo is home to a large family of eight howler monkeys (5 girls and 3 boys) and on this fall morning, father cRay d and mother cHarlow d welcomed a new male baby into the troop. After a nearly six month ges- tation period, the small, blond-colored howler monkey was found clinging to his mother 9s chest.<br><br> All howler monkeys are born with blond-colored hair, which likely helps them stay concealed in their mother 9s hair. However, as this little male ages his hair will start to turn black. Like his brothers and father he will be entirely black in color by 2-4 years of age and will eventually be bigger than his sisters and mom.<br><br> Black howler monkeys ( Alouatta caraya ) are native to Central and South Americanforests and are among the largest of the New World monkeys. Fully-grown howlers have a head and body length of about 2-3 feet and a tail length just as long. When they are first born they are about the size of a kitten and weigh less than a few pounds.<br><br> Howler monkeys get their name from the very loud, unique whoops and howls they make. Their amazing calls can be heard by humans up to about 3 miles away (that 9s from the zoo to the beach)! They are capable of being so loud because they have a special voice box and a pouch in their throat that amplifies the sound.<br><br> Their howling does not sound like the howl of a A New Howler Monkey Joins The Troop By Morgan Smith, Primate Zoo Keeper Photos by Keith Lovett 15 Palm Beach Zoo dog, but rather like the roaring of a lion and the grunt- ing of a pig. In the wild, black howler monkeys will chowl d to proclaim the troop 9s territory. At the zoo, our howler monkeys rarely howl, although they can occasionally be heard in the early morning or during a heavy rain storm.<br><br> Although this new baby boy will not be participating in the howling for awhile, he already has a small beard, which will someday cover his large throat pouch. Although our zoo 9s howler family may seem large, it is actually a typical group size. In comparison, wild howlers can be found in social groups of up to 30 animals.<br><br> Females typically out-number the males, just as they do in our group. In fact, howler groups are usually dominat- ed by a single male, while the other males are forced to leave the group when they reach adulthood to start their own families. Just like his older brothers, this new baby boy will eventually have to leave his Palm Beach Zoo family to start his own family at another AZA - accredited (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) zoo.<br><br> Unlike his parents and siblings who eat mainly leaves, fruit, buds, flowers, and nuts, this baby will continue to nurse from his mother cHarlow d for over a year. Fortunately for him, howler monkeys are often consid- ered to be one of the least active monkeys in the world, and he will likely spend as much as 80% of the daytime resting and digesting. For now, he spends the majority of his day nursing and clinging to his mother 9s back and chest.<br><br> Just like in the wild, other females in the group participate in taking care of new babies. This new baby can be seen on exhibit on a daily basis nestled between his mother and older sisters cLola d and cCarmen. d 16 www.palmbeachzoo.org Photos by Keith Lovett July 2009 Winter in July Saturday & Sunday, July 11th & 12th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br><br> It 9s snowing at the Palm Beach Zoo! That 9s right 3 it 9s snowing. Bring your mittens and dive into 40 tons of snow at the Palm Beach Zoo 9s ccoolest d event, cWinter in July d.<br><br> This event was founded to educate the community 9s children about the impor- tance of Sun Safety while providing them the opportunity to experience the wonders of winter without leaving South Florida. Even the animals get into the act with "cool" animal enrich- ments you won't want to miss! Zoo guests will also have the opportunity to view genuine ice age fossils, experience fossil dig and make their own shark tooth fossil necklace.<br><br> Presented by Jurassic Parts. August 2009 Jazz on the Deck Series Every Saturday in August 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br><br> Enjoy the sound of a local jazz band on the Tropics Café deck overlooking beautiful Baker Lake. Relax and take in the beauty of Baker Lake and enjoy the sounds of the band with nature as its back up. October 2009 Spooky Snooze Overnight at the Zoo Friday, October 9th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Saturday, October 10th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Friday, October 16th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Saturday, October 17th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Friday, October 23rd6:30 pm - 8:30 am Saturday, October 24th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Friday, October 30th6:30 pm - 8:30 am Saturday, October 31st6:30 pm - 8:30 am Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble!<br><br> Are you brave enough to spend a night at the zoo? If you are, then join us for a special Halloween-themed Spooky Snooze program! Don 9t worry, because we 9ll unmask the creatures of the night and show you that they 9re not so scary after all.<br><br> Enjoy an evening of pumpkin painting, crafts, night time tours, a special spooky snack, and story time. Activities are geared for children 6 and up: mummies and/or daddies must attend! Cost Per Participant: $30 for Members $35 for Non-Members For more information on any of these programs, please visit our Web site at www.palmbeachzoo.org , e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact our Education Coordinator at (561) 533-0887 ext 229.<br><br> Boo at the Zoo October 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2009 10:00 am to 5:00 pm cBoo at the Zoo d was founded over 15 years ago to provide the community with a safe place to ctrick-or-treat d and to help make Halloween a truly unique experience for children of all ages. During cBoo at the Zoo d visitors are encouraged to wear costumes as they ctrick-or-treat d through the zoo 9s 23 acres of lush tropical habitats which are home to over 1,700 amazing animals. The days 9 entertainment will include: " Roving Animal Encounters " Halloween-Themed Keeper Talks and Animal Enrichments " Costume Contests " Live Music " Storytelling, Games, & Crafts " Paint Your Own Pumpkin Patch " Hay Maze " Hay Stack Hunt " Interactive Juggling Demonstrations " Face Painting " Largest Haunted House in Boo at the Zoo History 2009 ZOO CALENDAR OF EVENTS 17 Palm Beach Zoo 18 www.palmbeachzoo.org<br><br>