We enjoyed hosting another worthwhile project, the CroctoberFest on October 19th, with proceeds going to support the AZA’s Crocodile Advisory Group. For those that attended, thanks for your participation and for those that missed the function, catch up on the happening in That’s A Wrap.
The holiday season started early at the DWA with our hosting of the annual CPS Holiday Event on December 2nd. This is one of our annual functions for the community that certainly sets the tone for “giving” to those less fortunate and it is An Event to Remember that helps keep us focused. In the last newsletter, we introduced our crocodile mascot for CroctoberFest. It was such a hit, not only with the youngsters but adults as well, that we had Curl-crested aracari and Black-footed penguin costumes made.
New exhibits at the General Admission entrance are home to some colorful new species of birds. Three species of Birds-of-Paradise add not only a wide spectrum of color, they also have interesting sounds. Not intending to go from beauty to the beast, we also have a new species of fish that is certainly interesting, but does not warrant being known as a “fish-of-paradise.” The Australian Lungfish is considered one of the oldest living vertebrates, with fossils dating one million years. It may not be one of the most colorful or prettiest of fish, but it is definitely a survivor.
The Book of the Month is about zoo and aquarium animals. Written, illustrated and published by Timothy D. Thomas of Florida, it is full of serious facts, but presented in a manner that makes learning fun in a whimsical and entertaining way.
In 2010, we moved the Chilean wine palm from California and planted it at the entrance of the DWA on the corner of Corbin and Laws streets, just in time to trim it with 1,800 lights for the holiday season. Despite some extremely cold weather during the last three years, the palm seems to be doing quite well. It is difficult to measure the height and girth of the majestic palm but it has grown so much that the same lights used for previous trimmings, lacked about six feet reaching ground level this year. The new additional lights did not arrive in time for this season, but we are not complaining as it is good to know that the tree is healthy and growing in downtown Dallas.
Thanks for your continued support of the DWA; we look forward to 2014.