Belle Isle Nature Zoo offers African stories, drum and dance lessons, tours

ROYAL OAK, Mich., January 30, 2012 – The Detroit Zoological Society will celebrate Black History Month with special activities at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo throughout February.  

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, the Detroit Zoo continues its series of Wild Winter Weekends with Wild Winter African Adventure.  Visitors can participate in interactive African drum and dance performances by Kevin Collins’ Kuungana African Drum and Dance Company and hear stories by Kenyan naturalist and Detroit Zoo education specialist David Gakure.  

Wild Swan Theatre will present Under the African Sky, a collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting and drumming.  Performances take place on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1:30 p.m.  The weekend also features African animal enrichment, arts and crafts, games and educational experiences.  Wild Winter activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free with Detroit Zoo admission.

The Kuungana African Drum and Dance Company will present interactive drum and dance workshops for Belle Isle Nature Zoo guests on Saturdays and Sundays throughout February, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.  On Sunday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m., David Gakure will share his experiences about growing up in Africa and coming to America.  Belle Isle Nature Zoo Manager and zoologist Michael Reed will conduct guided tours.  

Detroit Zoological Society education specialists are available as speakers for classroom outreach programs throughout Black History Month.   Call Interim Director of Education Jo Ann Neal at (248) 541-5717 ext. 3865 or email jneal@dzs.org" mce_href="mailto:jneal@dzs.org" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(106, 48, 214); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; ">jneal@dzs.org.