Palm Beach Zoo Trips – Jan. 2022

The North Palm Beach County Men’s Shed has very nicely adapted to the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic.  We’ve been in existence for about four years, and while we used to meet in person once a week at a local county senior center, for the past two and a half years we have been meeting every Wednesday afternoon for about 90 minutes on the ZOOM video-chat platform.  We get 25 – 40 participants, including some Shed members from throughout the continental USA, Hawaii, and Europe.

With some of our members who have received Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters, we have begun to venture outside our homes to meet for various social activities. These include a monthly breakfast on the outside patio of a nearby restaurant, and similarly a late-afternoon “happy-hour” session at a local sports bar.

A highlight this January has been three VIP behind the scenes tours of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, each with six members.  The tours were arranged by Shed member (Paul Schacknow) whose family have been generous contributors to the Zoo.  The tours were conducted by Mike Terrell, the head Animal Curator for the Zoo, and included interactive experiences with the animals, including bird feeding at the Lorikeet Loft, getting up close and personal with the Aldabra tortoises, and a Malayan Tiger training session.  These special events were followed by a guided walking tour of the Zoo. After each tour, the Zoo graciously provided a complimentary lunch in their Café.

The history of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society (a non-profit 501c3 entity) is over 50 years of progress, from a small red barn to a major cultural pillar for the City of West Palm Beach. The Zoo inspires more than 370,000 guests annually, as it transforms visitors into a greater force for wildlife and wild places. Outside the Zoo gates, the zoologists focus on conservation of Florida species providing muscle and expertise to improve life for wildlife including the Florida panther, swallow-tailed kites, snail kites, Perdido Key Beach mice, coral, frogs and many more. 

To learn more about the work the Palm Beach Zoo is doing or to learn how to get more involved in their mission, you can check out their 2020 Annual Report (https://issuu.com/info-palmbeachzoo/docs/2020_pbz_impact_report), become a member https://www.palmbeachzoo.org/big-cat-society) , or make a donation (https://www.palmbeachzoo.org/donate-1).

As the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, we look forward to slowly resuming special events activities in addition to again meeting in person each week.  Our local Shed has helped to boost our morale in these difficult times.