Jun 12, 2012

Free Family Adventure Day: Creatures of Air, Land, and Sea

An excavation in Egypt reveals evidence of the earliest
collection of exotic animals. Image source
Did you know zoological gardens (zoos) have been discovered dating back to 3500 B.C.? Archeologist discovered remains of the oldest known zoo in Hierakonpolis, Egypt during an excavation. Exotic animals such as hippos, antelope, elephants, and baboons were kept in private collections. While many animals were kept in captivity were studies, there were also used for fighting in arenas for entertainment.

Now, there are over 355 zoos in the United States and over 600 million people visit zoos a year. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in our own Colorado Springs was founded in 1938 by Spencer Penrose (just two years after the FAC!).The animals in captivity help educate visitors about the importance of conservation and protection of endangered species. Over the last 10 years, the LA and San Diego zoos have been working together to strengthen the population of the California condor from less than two-dozen condors to over 170 condors.

This month's Family Adventure Day focuses on all types of animals. You will have the opportunity to make your own private collection of exotic animals out of clay, draw cats using charcoal, and create underwater scenes using watercolor and oil pastels. Also, enjoy artist demonstrations and a free tour of the FAC galleries at 12:30 p.m. 

Sat., June 30 | 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 
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