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Blank Park Zoo's Red Pandas Picked Game Winner
Blank Park Zoo’s Red Pandas picked the winner of the Big Game this morning. Keepers placed two boxes in the exhibit of the same size and labeled the boxes with the team’s logos.
DES MOINES, Iowa (February 1, 2013) – Blank Park Zoo’s Red Pandas picked the winner of the Big Game this morning. Keepers placed two boxes in the exhibit of the same size and labeled the boxes with the team’s logos. They were filled equally with healthy treats that Red Pandas enjoy, such as bamboo and raisins.
Berry the Red Panda studied both teams before quickly picking Baltimore to win, while Razz thinks San Francisco will beat Baltimore. Kitar the Red Panda stayed out of the picking process for a while and eventually joined Berry in the pick for Baltimore.
“These types of activities are part of our enrichment program and provide variety to the animal’s lives. Enrichment is a normal everyday part of zoo keeping duties, and it is fun to do public demonstrations of enrichment that people can enjoy,” said Kevin Drees, Director of Animal Care and Conservation.
Blank Park Zoo’s animals have had success in the past picking the winner of the Big Game as Papa the donkey correctly chose New York to win.
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About Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week this winter. Winter Admission rates are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $6 for seniors and active military. 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.