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 THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for a night of fun during Rewind at the Zoo: 80s Fest! We dressed up, danced to great music, and relived our best memories while creating awesome new ones! #bhamzoo
 Rewind at the Zoo: 80s Fest is only one day away! It’s going to be a TOTALLY awesome event with live entertainment, a costume contest, and so much more. Purchase your tickets today!
 Rewind the summer and relive the 80s at Henley Park at the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, August 11. Don't forget your totally awesome 80s costume! Below are various categories and prizes. Contest starts at 8:15pm this Saturday! Best Dressed 80s (Men) Prize: $25 Gift Card to Icehouse, $25 Gift Card to AVO/Dram, and a copy of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave co-authored and signed by MTV VJ, Alan Hunter. Best Dressed 80s (Women) Prize: $50 Gift Card to Farm Bowl and Juice Co., and a copy of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave co-authored and signed by MTV VJ, Alan Hunter. Best Dressed 80s (Children – Under age 16) Prize: Remote Control App-Enabled Droid for your smart phone, and a copy of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave co-authored and signed by MTV VJ, Alan Hunter.
 One of the Zoo's box turtles, Tootsie, visited @magic965 this morning to talk about Rewind at the Zoo: 80s Fest this Saturday, August 11! Purchase your tickets at www.birminghamzoo.com/event/rewind-at-the-zoo-80s-fest/
 Vasa, the Zoo’s Vasa Parrot, stopped by FOX 6 this morning to talk about Rewind at the Zoo: 80s Fest on Saturday, August 11! 80s bands, a video gaming truck, and more! Make sure to get your tickets at www.birminghamzoo.com/event/rewind-at-the-zoo-80s-fest/
 About once a month, the Birmingham Zoo provides many of our fish eating species with live tilapia enrichment. This provides the opportunity for these animals to exhibit natural hunting behaviors. Khan, our 5 year old jaguar, is seen here using his natural fish hunting instincts to get into the water and catch his lunch. Thanks to Animal Nutrition Technician, Star, for these action photos! Make sure to visit Khan on your next trip to the Birmingham Zoo!
 Visit the Birmingham Zoo this weekend July 28-29 for Zoo Fun Days and receive $5 off admission!
 Official Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week may be over, but the Birmingham Zoo is appreciative of our Animal Care Professionals every week! See what Adam has to say below: Name: Adam Laur Job Title: Animal Care Professional - Birds Favorite Zoo Story: The first kori bustard chick we hatched, from our breeding pair, was a day I will always remember. They are huge majestic birds when fully grown – the heaviest of all flying birds - and one of my favorites. Our female did very well incubating the egg, but kori bustards have a history of breaking or abandoning their eggs, so hers was pulled for artificial incubation. I was the first keeper to arrive early in the morning on the day he hatched, and was surprised at how tiny he was, although he was already precocious and sturdy on his feet. He peered out at me expectantly from behind the glass and chirped, expecting to be fed. I loved to watch him grow up too. We took him out for walks to give him exercise, and it was fascinating to see him grow up into a formidable, mature adult bird. Successfully raising this kori bustard ranks as one of my favorite memories at the Birmingham Zoo. Why did you become an Animal Care Professional? I’ve loved zoo visits since I was five years old, and with all my memories of my favorite zoos, I knew early on that I wanted to work around animals at a zoo. I never grew out of it and still wanted to do it by the end of high school.