Now that the excitement has died-down following the escape of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo’s bald eagle Sequoia, the zoo is turning its attention to a new exhibit of birds, 16 Taveta Golden Weaverbirds.
They have their own, presumably escape-proof, Weaverbird House which is staged as the African home of a child living among and fascinated by weaverbirds.
“Weaverbird House was designed as a place for children to dwell in a world of nest makers”, said John Aikin”, Executive Director of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. “The exhibit engages children 2-9 years old with science and nature.”
Weaverbirds are finches that gather in groups to weave complex ball-shaped nests. Visiting children may climb into cabinets and up to a loft where they will be next to the weaving birds.
This Sunday, March 3, the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold a ribbon-cutting and opening celebration for the exhibit as part of “Soar”, a Club JMZ event. Club kids will participate in events from 10 a.m. – noon. The exhibit will open to the general public beginning at 1:00 p.m. that day.
The exhibit was made possible by a gift from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation (Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki). "We are thrilled to announce the opening of Weaverbird House and are so thankful for the Brin Wojcicki Foundation’s gift," said Friends President Aletha Coleman. "This new exhibit is part of our long-term commitment to enhancing the Junior Museum and Zoo. We look forward to continuing to work with the wonderful staff of the JMZ and the City of Palo Alto to ensure that the JMZ engages children’s curiosity in science and nature. "
The Junior Museum & Zoo is operated by the City of Palo Alto with support from the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. It’s located at 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 94301. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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