Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Admission: $12 Adults, $7 Child. The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Zoo will close at 1:30 pm on December 18
Miya, Japanese Macaque Turns 1
Miya, the baby Japanese Macaque turns one this weekend and Blank Park Zoo is planning a birthday celebration in honor of her and earth day.
Special media photo opportunity on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. & birthday party on Saturday, April 20
For Immediate Release
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 17, 2013) – Miya, the baby Japanese Macaque is turning one this weekend and to celebrate, the Zoo will be giving Miya and the rest of the macaques a special birthday cupcake that will have yummy treats this Friday at 10 a.m.
In addition, Blank Park Zoo will be holding a birthday party and Earth Day celebration in honor of Miya this Saturday on April 20. The first 200 visitors to the Zoo will be given a birthday treat. In addition, a portion of the day’s admissions proceeds will be used to support primate conservation at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon.
Guests will be able to sign a giant birthday card for Miya, watch special Macaque ‘birthday enrichment’ as Miya and the rest of the macaques are given a special cupcake toy, and keepers will present special keeper chats and enrichment and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
For those wishing to purchase Miya a gift, keepers are asking for the following items:
· Trader Joe's Squishers, Miya’s all-time favorite treat
· all natural yogurt
· wholegrain pasta - Miya prefers spaghetti
· whole grain cereals - cheerios, shredded wheat, other "natural" cereals
· Sugar free jello
In addition, all monkey themed merchandise will be discounted 20 percent in the Zoo’s gift shop.
About Japanese Macaques
Habitat: They range from the subtropical lowlands to the subalpine regions of Japan.
Diet in the Wild: Leaves, grain, fruit, insects, tree buds, shoots, and mice
Diet at the Zoo: Monkey biscuits, oranges, sunflower seeds, and raisins. Free browsing
Description: The average body mass for an adult male Japanese macaque is around 25 pounds and they measure from 19 to 24 inches. The fur color varies from brown to white. There is no hair on the face and it becomes red during adulthood. This species has a relatively short tail.
Adaptation/Behavior: Japanese macaques are tree dwelling (arboreal) and active during the day (diurnal.) They are social animals and live in troops comprising of both males and females. Hierarchy in the troop is based on the matriline amongst females and strength amongst males. Macaques are intelligent and may use tools to obtain food. In the cold winter months, they will bask in the sun and soak in natural hot springs. This species has cheek pouches to carry food in while it forages.
Courtship/Breeding: When the female is ready to mate, her perineum swells and becomes redden. Gestation period is between 170 to 180 days. Single births occur, and breeding time is usually from November to January.
Conservation: Japanese macaques are threatened due to deforestation and the loss of their habitat. As human development invade the territories of these macaques, human and macaque encounters increase, and about 5000 macaques are captured or shot each year (despite protection from the Japanese government) for they are considered as agricultural pests.
About Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week through April. Beginning May 1, Blank Park Zoo’s summer hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission rates are $11 for an adult, $6 for a child (3-12 years), and $9 for a senior. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.