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  • 1. Prairie Tails
    Project Proposal
    presented by
    Monae Verbeke
  • 2. Background Information
    Monae Verbeke
    Interests: Behavior & Enrichment
    Career Goal: Still Not 100% Positive
    Would like to work in a zoo setting; working in enrichment of animals or people (enriching experiences/knowledge)
    Dream Job: NO CLUE!!
  • 3. Animal Overview
    Black-Footed Ferret (Mustelanigripes)
    • Only 18 ferrets left in 1986.
    • 4. Current Conservation Program in Place to Re-establish the Species.
    • 5. Highly Dependent on Prairie Dogs.
    • 6. Prairie Dogs Make-Up 90% of Black-Footed Ferret
    • 7. Black-Footed Ferrets Require Prairie Dogs for Diet
    http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/var/news/storage/images/other_services/threatened_and_endangered_species/threatened_and_endangered_species/species_images/black_footed_ferret/16283-3-eng-US/black_footed_ferret_imagelarge.jpg
  • 8. Conservation Overview
    • Plague
    • 9. Destruction of Prairie Dog Towns
    • 10. Prairie Dog Decrease
    • 11. Over Use of Habitat
  • Audience Overview
    Ages 3 to 10
    Activates will be centered around educational experiences and will be FUN!!
    All needs will be met.
  • 12. Exhibit Overview
    Prairie Tails
    • Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
    • 13. Immersive Children’s Exhibit
    • 14. Increase Awareness of the Black-Footed Ferret
  • Key Messages
    • Think About the Importance of the American Ecosystem
    • 15. Feel a Connection to the American Prairie Homeland
    • 16. Do Take Part in American Conservation Projects
  • Exhibit Features
    • Exhibit size: Large Homestead Building 500ft x 700ft
    • 17. Audience capacity: Maximum 150 people at a time
    • 18. Environment/Habitat: Prairie Lanscape
    • 19. Number of animals: 10 ferrets & 10 prairie dogs plus other species.
    • 20. Audience flow: Enter/Exit Through Large Front Doors
    • 21. Education Spaces: The Round-Up and Education Classroom
    • 22. Amenities: Café, Gift Shop, Restrooms
  • Education/Programming
    • Keeper Presentations 3 times a Day
    • 23. Keeper/Intern Posted All Day Somewhere within Exhibit
    • 24. Feeding of Animals will Occur Everyday After 11 a.m.
    • 25. Trained Animals will be available for Hands-On Experience
    • 26. Multiple Take-Home Activities
  • Floor Plan
  • 27. Entry Experience
    • Expansive Prairie Landscape
    • 28. Open Floor Plan
    • 29. Bright Colors
    • 30. Greeted by Freddy the Ferret
    • 31. Stroller Parking to Each Side of the Entrance
  • Exhibit #1
  • 32. Exhibit #2
  • 33. Exhibit #3
    Round-Up Playground & Presentation Zone
  • 34. Exhibit #4
  • 35. Exit Experience
    • View Prairie Dog & Ferret Towns Outside
    • 36. Relax on Porch Swings
    • 37. Stop in at the Outpost Gift Shop