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December 18th, 2016

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31 Days of Como by Rhoda Lucey – Now Open!

December 16th, 2016

Rhoda Lucey has explored a number of different subjects for her artwork, but often gravitates toward animals. In October 2016, she participated in the Inktober drawing challenge to try out a new artistic medium — sumi ink.  Many traditional sumi brush paintings draw their themes from nature, so Rhoda decided to do a painting of one of the creatures of Como Zoo each day.

Each painting was created with sumi ink and a bamboo brush, white gel pen, and black multiliner pens of different sizes. The quantity of pieces involved in Inktober poses a significant challenge, but exploring a new medium is hugely rewarding. Rhoda is looking forward to applying the better understanding of brushwork and value to future pieces. 

You can follow @ArtByRhoda on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month and sharing it online tagged #inktober.



Another Day, Another New Baby Animal At Como!

November 14th, 2016


Please welcome (and visit!) Lucile, one of Como’s newest babies! Lucile is a saki monkey born in the early morning hours of October 24 to mother Patty, and father Milton. This is Milton and Patty’s eighth baby, all born at Como. Their other offspring are all over the country now, from San Diego to Fargo.

The name Lucile is a nod to longtime primate zookeeper Megan who lost her beloved Grandmother Lucile earlier this year.

Saki monkeys have a gestation of five months. Sakis are independent at six months of age but will usually stay with their family group for a year or two.

Patty (18 yo) was born on St. Patty’s Day at Cleveland; Milton (16 yo) was born at Pittsburg. They came to Como 14 years ago to form a breeding pair. Sakis can live into their thirties and will often mate for life.

Sakis display sexual dichromism, which means the males and females are different colors. Infants are born with the brown female coloration, and the males begin to develop the characteristic black body and white face at two months of age.

So why is Patty holding a spoon of peanut butter you ask? She quickly grabbed it from a zookeeper who was using it to entice her to get a good photo!




Zookeeper Melanie in Churchill

October 25th, 2016

Zookeeper Melanie is in Churchill, Manitoba for a couple of weeks working with Polar Bears International! Be sure to follow this blog as we post about her journey!

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These little balls of fur were born last December! Who doesn’t love Polar Bear cubs?!


Update #4

Lots of other critters call the the wildlife management area near Churchill home and this year we have seen a lot of them!  Arctic Fox, Silver Fox, Ptarmigan, Arctic Hare and Snowy owls are just a few.  It has been amazing to see so many species and share in the collective excitement on the buggy as everyone enjoys these animals.  People from all over the globe are instant friends in that moment, connected to nature and each other.  It truly is amazing.

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Update #3

Polar Bears International focuses on Polar bear conservation through education and research.  My job on the buggy is to help by educating the many guests about Polar Bears and the effects of a changing climate.  Every day is different, today my group had people from Australia, England, the United States, Japan, and Canada!

Update #2

Today we got to see these two little females interacting and playing.  It was fun to see bears moving around and having fun.  They stayed together for about 30 minutes and then went their separate ways.

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First day in Churchill!   We are out on buggy one (the buggy reserved for Polar Bears International) testing cameras to get ready for PBI’s  live polar bear cam and came across this sleepy girl.  The Hudson Bay is still open water but the smaller pools left by the tide are starting to freeze.
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Minnesota En Plein Air: A Painting Exhibition – Now Open

October 18th, 2016

Minnesota En Plein Air: A Painting Exhibition is a stunning painting exhibition featuring some of the most talented artists in Minnesota. The exhibit runs now through December 11.

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OPM’s (Outdoor Painters of Minnesota) Mission

The mission of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is to encourage and promote painting directly from nature.  OPM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together, looks for ways to develop member skills and reputation, and seeks to raise awareness of the beauty found in nature through outdoor painting.