Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

View All Rates ›

Adult Education

Animal Anecdotes

Stories from Blank Park Zoo Staff

Class Time: 11:30 - 1:00

Location: Discovery Center Conference Rooms

Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members per class

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy learning at the Blank Park Zoo.  Our adult oriented programs will expand your understanding of the natural world through lectures led by some of Blank Park Zoo’s awesome staff.  This will be a 45 minute interactive presentation from the zookeeper with time after the presentation for questions.  Weather permitting, the group is also invited to visit the animal’s exhibit and see the animal with the zookeeper present.

Registration and pre-payment are required.

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September 25th - Bamboozled by Red Pandas

Come hear from Zookeeper Alyson Garberoglio about Blank Park Zoo’s red panda pair.  She will touch on these animals’ favorite enrichment, what it's like to train with them, and how red panda populations are doing in the wild.

September 29th - Giraffes - A Head Above the Rest

Large Mammal Zookeeper Lauralynn Clopp would love to chat with you about how awesome giraffes are!  Spend 45 minutes learning about the challenges of working with an animal 12 feet tall, learn how to tell apart the giraffes at BPZ, and how the zookeepers train the animals to participate in their own medical care.

October 2nd - Current Events with Corals

Alex Fortes is one of Blank Park Zoo’s aquarists and has a strong passion for corals.  Come learn how coral is grown behind the scenes at BPZ and the conservation projects the zoo participates in to aid coral restoration in the wild. 

October 6th - A Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinarian

Ever wonder what it takes to give medical care to almost 2,000 animals?  Our veterinarians need to learn everything from fish and eel care to rhinos and cassowaries.  Dr. Drew Gall will present on the day to day happenings of zoo medicine.

October 9th - What About Wallabies?

Join Kyle O’Dea as he talks about Blank Park Zoo’s wallaby mob.  Learn about these awesome marsupials from Down Under and get insider info on when to visit the zoo to see cute little joeys bouncing around the Australia exhibit.

October 13th - Rhinos - Save the Chubby Unicorns

Get an update on Blank Park Zoo’s growing rhino family from zookeeper Christina O’Donnell.  Learn about some of baby Kamara’s milestones, how big sister has adjusted, and what the future holds for our rhino family and rhinos in the wild.

Participant Guidelines

Class cost covers one adult 18 and older. For non-members, class cost does include admission to the Zoo for the day.


All sales are final. No refunds will be offered unless class is cancelled due to low enrollment. Rescheduling depends on class availability and may only be done once. Rescheduling fees may apply.

If you have any questions regarding classes or registration, please email or call 515-974-2588.

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