It may not feel like it at times, like this past weekend, but it is Spring, and Binder Park Zoo is ready to open its gates for another season. Opening Day is Wednesday, April 17th.

"Visitors will see some new faces at the zoo this season - eleven of them to be exact. A litter of African painted dog pups- seven males and four females were born in late November at the zoo and the young pack will be on exhibit in Wild Africa. The African painted dog habitat has three viewing opportunities for guests to watch them romp, play and interact with each other. “Their successful birth was the result of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation”, states Kathryn Sippel, Curator of Collections at the zoo, “and it’s a significant contribution towards conservation of the species. The African painted dog is the most endangered carnivore in Africa and Binder Park Zoo is the only facility in Michigan where guests can see this rare species.”  Sippel adds, “They are endlessly entertaining to watch and we expect them to be immensely popular because really, who doesn’t love a pack of puppies?” - Binder Park Zoo release

The full Binder Park special events schedule begins in a few weeks, on Mother's Day. Meanwhile, Father's Day has been re-imagined by the Zoo as “Hops with Pops” – a one day, tap take-over featuring craft beer stations inside the zoo. The Cheetah Chase 5K follows that, on June 22 and the, now annual, Corks for Conservation wine festival is on July 12.

The complete schedule is at www.binderparkzoo.org.