Sunday, May 10, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Well, it's been awhile, but the Bird Shows have started again for the summer, and things are just starting to get into full swing! Stop by the zoo to see some old favorites, as well as some of my new friends in the show. As always, you can see me everyday but Monday at 11:30 and 12:30 during the week, and also at 2:30 on the weekends. Hope you stop by and see me sometime this summer!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Track Santa!

Use the "TRACK SANTA" link to the left to track all of Santa's visits to children around the world. (& to make sure he makes it down your chimney, too!) MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY TRACKING!

Santa Claus is coming to town...

That's right! The big man himself has scheduled a special trip to the Knoxville Zoo to visit with me & all my friends. You too can come join in the fun every Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to make a stop at the Pilot Building while visiting the zoo, & you might even be able to spot some of Santa's very helpful friends. (I'll give ya a little hint... they have antlers & love sleigh rides!)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pellissippi State Balloon Fest '08

The weekend of September 26th & 27th proved to be very special despite the cloudy skies. I was honored to be part of the Pellissippi State Balloon Fest! I got to go on Friday & Saturday afternoon & perform as part of the children programs at the event. It was so great to see how many people came to see me... I almost couldn't believe it. There were people waiting an hour before I was even supposed to go on just to make sure they had a good spot in the audience. The first night, I came with my friend Lucas, the Screech Owl. Everybody thought he was so cute, & they all loved the story of how he came to live at the Knoxville Zoo. As for Saturday, I got the pleasure of traveling with Cyrano, a Green Aracari. He looks a lot like a miniature Toucan. We had a really fun "catching" contest with this little girl named Cheyenne. She proved to be a tough competitor for little Cyrano. I hope they invite us back next year. It's always so fun interacting with all the kids & their families. Not to mention the beautiful hot-air balloons... very cool!

My first school show of the year...

So, I just went on my first school show of the year! My friends & I packed up & headed to Maryville Intermediate on Monday, September 29th. The kids were so great, & they just loved all my friends... Inga, a Red-Tailed Hawk, flew inches from their heads; & Grettle, a Porcupine, got to show off her climbing abilities. But I think the coolest thing about the trip was when Ollie, the Barred Owl, actually started to "hoot" during the program! It's so rare to hear an owl call, & I think it's so neat that the kids got that kind of experience. This school show season is going to be one of the best, I think.


Well, it has been another fun & successful season at the Knoxville Zoo Bird Show! I'm sorry to say it, but we are almost to that time of year yet again... the last official day of shows at the zoo will be Sunday, October 12th. That's right, only two weekends left to come & enjoy all the excitement of a free-flighted bird show! I know that I am sad to see it come to a close, but am looking forward to visiting all different kinds of schools this fall & winter. So, please come visit me one last time at the Knoxville Zoo, & I will be hoping to hear (& see) a lot of my fans over the winter. See you all very soon...


Monday, July 21, 2008

Show Camp a SUCCESS!

This year we have tried something new at the Bird Show. We participated in a project known as SHOW CAMP as part of the summer Zoo Camp programs. A class of children got to experience first-hand what it means to truly be a SUPERSTAR! They wrote, directed & starred in their very own show which took place in place of the regular bird show. On Friday, July 19th, I became "Queen" of the Jungle & saw the next generation of Hollywood! Great Job, kids... look forward to a repeat smash hit next summer.