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Zoocademy

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Welcome to "Zoocademy with Ron Magill"! While Zoo Miami is closed, we will be providing you and your family with some fun and educational content and activities that you can do from home. We will be adding a new lesson every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until May 29, 2020!

Zoocademy Week One - Lessons 1 - 3

Lesson 1: Animal Care

Learn all about animal diets, and the different types of "eaters" in the wild! 

  


Lesson 2:
 Animal Nutrition

Go behind the scenes of the Animal Nutrition Center to see how our animals' special diets and meals are prepared.


Lesson 3:
 Galapagos Tortoises

In today's video, Ron Magill introduces us to "Goliath" the Galapagos tortoise and teaches us more about his species! 

In today's lesson & activities, you'll learn all about "locomotion" and how different animals move and travel!

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Get ready for a new Zoocademy segment, where you make something fun out of recycled materials! Today, we'll create a cute tortoise and learn the differences between them & turtles.

 

YOGA LESSON

Feeling stressed and cooped up at home? Try out these Zoo Yoga poses with the whole family! Channel your inner animals and get wild!

Zoocademy Week Two - Lessons 4 - 6

Lesson 4: African Elephants

In today's video, Ron Magill teaches us about African elephants and introduces us to "Peggy" and "Mabel."

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In this Zoocademy segment, you can make something fun out of recycled materials! Today, we'll create an elephant scene with paint, a plastic bag, and leaves!

 

Lesson 5: Giraffes

Today we will be learning about the tallest land mammal on earth - the giraffe!

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In this Zoocademy segment, you can make something fun out of recycled materials! Today, we'll create a fun animal-themed organizer for your pens, pencils, art supplies and more!

 

Lesson 6: King Vultures

Today, Ron introduces us to "Aztec" and teaches us about one of the largest New World vultures – King Vultures, one of nature's misunderstood creatures!

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Springtime is for the birds! This weekend, you can craft your very own bird-feeder out of a recycled plastic bottle!

 

Yoga Lesson

Feeling stressed and cooped up at home? Try out these Zoo Yoga poses with the whole family! Channel your inner animals and get wild!

This week's Zoocademy lessons sponsored by:

Zoocademy Week Three - Lessons 7 - 9

Lesson 7: Burmese Pythons

In today's video, Ron Magill teaches us more about the Burmese python and its threats to Florida's ecosystem as an invasive species. He also dispels some common misconceptions about snakes!

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In today's segment, we'll be creating a "scrappy snake" out of your leftover scraps of construction paper!

 

Lesson 8: Koalas

In today's video, Ron Magill brings us a little bit of hope as he teaches us about this iconic Australian marsupial - the tree climbing koala!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In today's segment, we'll be creating a cute origami koala out of construction paper!

 

Lesson 9: Sloth Bears

In today's video, Ron Magill introduces us to "Hank" and teaches us about the amazing insect-loving sloth bear!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In today's segment, we'll be creating a cute bear face out of paper!

 

This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by:

Zoocademy Week Four - Lessons 10 - 12

Lesson 10: Sloths

In today's video, Ron Magill teaches us about the world's slowest mammal– the sloth!

 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Gather some leaves, tape or glue, paper, a marker, and try creating some fun animal shapes!

Craft photo of a deer made out of leaves


Lesson 11: 50 Years of Earth Day!

Happy 50 Years of Earth Day! In today's video, Ron Magill talks about the wonders of nature and wildlife, the importance of conservation, and why we do what we do here at Zoo Miami. Plus, he answers some of the questions we've received from our zoo fans!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In this segment, we'll be making a DIY planter out of recycled plastic bottles!

Photo of cute animal planters made out of recycled plastic bottles.       


Lesson 12: Pelicans

In today's video Ron Magill teaches us about pelicans, unique water birds with a pouch under their bills!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

In this segment, we'll put those plastic bottles to good use by creating DIY wind spinners!

Photo of wind spinners made out of recycled plastic bottles.

 

This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by:

Main Street Children's Dentistry Logo

Zoocademy Week Five - Lessons 13 - 15

Lesson 13: Eurasian Eagle Owls

In today's video, Ron Magill teaches us about one of the largest owls around the world - the wide-eyed Eurasian eagle owl!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Whooooo's ready to make their own cute paper owl?!

Photo of an owl craft made from Paper.


Lesson 14: Lions

In today's video, Ron Magill teaches us about these fierce and social African cats - lions!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

For today's project, we're making a cute paper lion!

Photo of a lion made out of paper


Lesson 15: Black Rhinos

In today's video, Ron Magill introduces us to "Toshi," the oldest black rhino in the country, and teaches us about these highly endangered herbivores!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

For today's project, we'll have some fun creating a DIY ring toss game!

Photo of ring toss game made out of paper

 

This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by:

Carnival Foundation Logo

Zoocademy Week Six - Lessons 16 - 18

Lesson 16: Harpy Eagle with Ron & LEBO

In today's video, we will be learning and drawing with Ron Magill & LEBO the most powerful bird of prey on earth!

Art Project

For today's project, download the harpy eagle drawing by LEBO and color it in. Make sure to share it on social media using #zoocademy.


Lesson 17: Arabian Oryx Neonatal Exam

In today's video, we will be going behind the scenes to observe a neonatal exam performed on a baby Arabian oryx!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Create your own DIY "seed bombs" by blending up recycled scraps of paper!

Photo of a seed ball made with recycled paper


Lesson 18: Chimpanzees

In today's video, we will be learning about our closest living relative - the chimpanzee! Plus, Ron Magill answers some questions from our Zoocademy students!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts Project

Create your own DIY piggy banks out of recycled plastic bottles!

Photo of pink piggy banks made out of recycled plastic bottles.

 

This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by:

Assurant Logo


Stay tuned, because our next four Zoocademy lessons are being taken over by Dinosaurs!

Zoocademy Week Seven - Lessons 19 - 21

Lesson 19: Dinosaurs - Part 1

DINOSAURS have taken over! In the first of a four-part takeover, Ron teaches us about the Quetzalcoatlus, Suchumimus, and the Dilophosaurus!

Art Project

Let's make our own flying pterodactyl paper craft!

Photo of a flying dinosaurs made out of paper


Lesson 20: Dinosaurs - Part 2

In this second installment of the DINOSAUR takeover, Ron Magill introduces us to more mighty dinosaurs like the Edmontonia, Triceratops, and Utahraptor! Plus, Ron answers some questions from our Zoocademy students!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Let's make our own paper plate dinosaurs!

Photo of dinosaurs made out of recycled paper plates


Lesson 21: Dinosaurs - Part 3

In this third installment of the DINOSAUR takeover, Ron Magill introduces us to more mighty dinosaurs like the Stegosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, and Diabloceratops! Plus, Ron answers some questions from our Zoocademy students! 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Let's make our own cute paper dinosaurs!

Image of a green dinosaur made out of construction paper

 

This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by:

Zoocademy Week Eight - Lessons 22 - 24

Lesson 22: Dinosaurs - Part 4

In this fourth and final installment of the DINOSAUR takeover, Ron Magill introduces us to more mighty dinosaurs like the Deinonychus, Megalosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Today, we're using old tissue boxes to make our very own dino feet to stomp around in!

Photo of Dinosaur Feet made out of recycled tissue boxes.


Lesson 23: Gorillas

Today, Ron introduces us to two brothers, "Barney" and "Shango", and teaches us about the largest of the great apes - gorillas!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Today, learn how to make your own wind chimes using recyclable items around the house!

Photo of a wind chime made out of recycled items


Lesson 24: Grevy's Zebras 

Today we will be learning about the largest of three species of zebra - the endangered Grevy's zebra!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Today, learn how to make your own paper roll zebra!

Photo of a zebra made out of recycled paper rolls.


This week's Zoocademy lessons are thanks to the generous support of :

Florida Blue Logo

Zoocademy Week Nine - Lessons 25 - 27


Lesson 25:
 Rhinoceros Iguana

Today, Ron introduces us to "Fat Boy", and teaches us about the endangered rhinoceros iguana!

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Today, learn how to make your own color-changing chameleon!

Photo of a chameleon craft made with paper plates and paint.


Lesson 26: Zoo Miami Re-Opens June 1st!

Today, Ron helps us get ready to return to Zoo Miami by teaching us about the new rules and guidelines! Zoo Miami will be re-opening to the general public on June 1, and exclusively to Zoo Members this week until May 31! Watch the video to get all the info.


Final Lesson - Lesson 27: Porcupines 

Today, Ron teaches us about the largest rodent in the entire continent of Africa - the African crested porcupine! This is our final installment of Zoocademy and we hope you had as much fun as we did learning from home! We look forward to seeing you at Zoo Miami again soon. We will be reopening to the general public on June 1, and are currently open to Zoo Members (must RSVP online!). Visit our website to learn more about our new rules and to get your tickets!


 

"Trash to Treasure" - Arts & Crafts

Today we're making our own cute paper craft porcupine!

Photo of porcupine craft made out of construction paper.


This week's Zoocademy lessons are sponsored by :

Bank of America Logo


Zoocademy may be coming to an end, but you can keep the virtual adventure going!

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JOIN THE ZOO ADVENTURE CLUB!

June 8 - 19, 2020

10 AM - 11:30 AM for 4 - 6 year olds

2 PM - 3:30 PM for 7 - 10 year olds

 

 

Get all the educational fun of Zoo Camp from the safety of your home. Sign your child up for a virtual club meetup where they will see special footage of our keepers and animals, enjoy fun activities, games and dance parties, and meet friends with the same interests!

$15 per child; $12 for Zoo Members

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Only $10 per child now through May 29 using code ZACROCKS 

 

Sign up to receive Zoo News and updates delivered to your inbox.

 

Share photos of you and your family participating in our activities using #ZooMiamiZoocademy or #Zoocademy on social media for a chance to be featured!


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