Participants will use mobile technology to share a career path they are interested in pursuing. Then participants will work in small groups to quickly chart all the jobs they think a zoo needs to run effectively. This will provide the facilitator insights into the participants’ background knowledge and interests to frame the experience.
Participants will work though the real-life conservation story of the Detroit Zoological Society’s Blanding’s turtle head-start program. Participants will provide simulated care for model turtles from before eggs are laid until juveniles are ready for release. Participants will take on multiple roles, including veterinarian, conservation scientist, and animal welfare scientist.
For the safety and well-being of our participants and animals, plush and other animal models (hexbugs) are used to create engaging activities in lieu of live animals. Activities increase understanding and appreciation toward wildlife and wild places while ensuring Detroit Zoo animals are thriving in their habitats and social groups.
You can monitor and help protect reptiles and amphibians in your neighborhood. Record Michigan native amphibians and reptiles with Michigan Herp Atlas, a citizen science program. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources uses this information to better understand statewide population distribution and changes.