What does spring bring us that’s so valuable? Warm weather and outdoor activities? A sense of renewal? Religious holidays? Love? Thoughts of bunnies?
OK I know it’s cliché but it’s time to hop on over to the Detroit Zoo for its 22nd annual Bunnyville event on March 30 from 10:000 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be treats, animal enrichment, games, crafts and live entertainment … all for the reduced price of $8.00 (plus parking) if you bring a canned food donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Members of the Detroit Zoological Society get in free but they are encouraged to bring a canned food donation.
Who could pass up the chance to see bunnies and help the less fortunate?
Once at Bunnyville you can enjoy a Golden Egg Hunt, Funny Bunny Games, crafts dedicated to spring and a purchasable photo with the Easter Bunny (albeit that is the least interesting bunny one would find at a zoo). You can also get your official Bunnyville whiskers or presumably any other type of face painting one would want.
At noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., you can enjoy “The Bunny Follies,” which originated Off Broadway and can be seen in the Events Pavilion.
Bunnyville is a popular event so get there early. Last year it set a new single-day attendance record of 19,234 visitors, topping the zoo’s previous single-day record in the last decade of 18,264 set on Aug. 7, 2010.
For those of you who want to move from those cute little bunnies to more exotic creatures check out the red-eyed tree frog tadpoles on exhibit at the zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. You’ll see them in various stages of metamorphosis. A clutch of approximately 25 eggs was laid on January 30 and the tadpoles will soon begin to emerge as juveniles.
The red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is native to the Central American rainforest. It has a vibrant green body with blue and yellow stripes on its sides and bulging red eyes. While it is a relatively small amphibian, averaging only about 2-3 inches long, the red-eyed tree frog can jump 20 times its own length
“The next four to six weeks will offer an excellent opportunity for visitors to see the fascinating metamorphosis of the frogs at various stages of their life cycle,” said Marcy Sieggreen, curator of amphibians.”
Most of the 75 amphibian species at the National Amphibian Conservation Center are bred in carefully controlled environments, and the development of their offspring happens behind the scenes. The recent on-exhibit breeding event provides a unique and limited opportunity for visitors to see the evolving tadpoles up close.
“Amphibian metamorphosis is one of the most fascinating processes in the animal kingdom. These little creatures start without limbs or lungs, living solely under water, and gradually change to breathe air and hop around on land. It’s exciting to see the frogs in the various stages of this development,” said Sieggreen.
I hope you have a hoppin’ good time at Bunnyville.