People who go to Niabi Zoo are helping entrepreneurs and snow leopards. On Sunday, the zoo in Coal Valley will host a discussion with Jennifer Snell Rullman, the Assistant Conservation Director from a group called the Snow Leopard Trust.
Vivian the Black Swan is preening in a kiddie pool, as a birdhouse full of budgies erupts with tweets and screeches nearby. Despite the noise, Vivian seems like she's enjoying herself. It's the warmest it's been all year and the Niabi Zoo, her home, opens for the season in just a few short days.
The Niabi Zoo family has grown by one. Early last month, a new Colobus monkey was born, but it wasn't until a week later that zoo keepers discovered the sex of the baby, because his mother, Shirati, had been holding him that whole first week.