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Baby Komodos Debut At Zoo Atlanta

Baby Komodos Debut At Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA – (Zoo Atlanta) Wildlife enthusiasts curious about what a miniature version of the world’s largest living lizard looks like should visit Zoo Atlanta, where two baby Komodo dragons are now on exhibit in the World of Reptiles. 

Hatched on August 13, 2010, at the Los Angeles Zoo, the new arrivals measure just a foot long – a fraction of what will someday be their adult size of up to nine feet long and around 150 pounds. Zoo Atlanta is a participant in the Komodo Dragon Species Survival Plan (SSP), but the young pair are siblings and thus are not recommended to breed.

Native to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Flores, Rinca and Gila Montag, Komodo dragons are apex predators capable of consuming prey as large as deer.

Department of Watershed Management Issues Irrigation System Reminder

 Department of Watershed Management Issues Irrigation System Reminder

Via the Department of Watershed Management -- The Department of Watershed Management reminds its customers that irrigation systems should be shut down when the temperatures drop below freezing to prevent overspray from freezing on sidewalks and streets and causing accidents/injuries. Irrigation systems installed after 2007 must by law have rain sensors that shut the system down when it is raining or when temperatures fall below 32 degrees F. 

“Bring One for the Chipper” at Grant Park

“Bring One for the Chipper” at Grant Park

On Saturday, January 8th the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) will host the environmental initiative, “Bring One for the Chipper”. GPC has been involved in this program for ten years. Once the trees are chipped, they are then used in the park for erosion control, to protect sensitive planting areas and to provide habitats for small mammals and birds.

The “Bring One for the Chipper” promotion is free of charge. Participants must bring an unadorned Christmas tree and the Conservancy will handle the rest. Parking for this event is free.

“Bring One for the Chipper” will be held at Grant Park, near the Gazebo; use the entrance cloeset to the pool. Grant Park is located at 401 Memorial Drive, Southeast in Atlanta. For more information call 404-521-0938 or visit the Grant Park Conservancy online.  

“Eat for the Trees” at The Shed at Glenwood, January 11th

 “Eat for the Trees” at The Shed at Glenwood, January 11th

When the Grant Park community lost fifteen tress, last year, the Grant Park Neighborhood Association’s (GPNA) went to work and coordinated four Dine Outs in January they’re called “Eat for the Trees”.

In an effort to promote the GPNA’s commitment to the environment, The Home Depot Foundation will match contributions to the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) up to $20,000. On January 11th, The Shed at Glenwood, is generously participating in an extended dine-out to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Additionally, the City Parks Arborist has identified 35 trees which are diseased or dead and must be removed this season.

Wal-Mart Sunday Fundays at Zoo Atlanta

Have you grown tired of monotony? Is all-day football driving you crazy? The good people at Wal-Mart and Zoo Atlanta have concocted a remedy for you.

Bring your family to meet the, more than, one thousand animals from around the world, including the giant panda's Xi Lan, Lun Lun and the newborn cub. Zoo Atlanta doesn’t want you to miss out on the Zoo train, carousel, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, live animal encounters and more for kids of all ages.

Admission to the Zoo Atlanta is $5 for adults and children; however, you must mention the Wal-Mart Sunday Fundays to receive the discount.  This special discount is only valid on Sunday, November 14th.

Zoo Atlanta Recieves Final Inspection

 ATLANTA - September 14, 2010 - Zoo Atlanta has received the final inspection report from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) following a September 9 assessment of the circumstances surrounding a tiger rattlesnake’s escape from quarantine on August 27, 2010. During a thorough examination of all Zoo Atlanta facilities, DNR inspectors noted the three points below as the only areas requiring correction.

 

As to the cause of the snake’s escape, the DNR report validated the original conclusion made by Zoo Atlanta officials during a previous internal investigation, attributing the incident to human error.

Ken Follett to speak at Carter Center

Best-selling author Ken Follett has a new epic novel, Fall of Giants and the day after it hits the bookstores, he’s coming to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The Carter Library, Acappella Books and WABE are proud to welcome Ken Follett for this special event on Wednesday, September 29th at 7pm at the Carter Center’s Cecil B. Day Chapel.

WABE’s Valerie Jackson will interview Follett before a live audience for her program “Between the Lines.” Following the taping, the audience will have an opportunity to ask their own questions.

The event is free, but because of the large expected turnout, tickets will be required for admission. Tickets can be picked up at Acappella Books (484-C Moreland Ave. NE) or reserved at the store by calling 404-681-5128. Limit 4 tickets per name. A book signing will follow the discussion. In order to have Mr.