See what the stork dropped off at Chimp Haven’s Discovery Days/ See Chimp Haven’s new baby at the free Discovery Days
Chimpanzee Discovery Days are back every third Saturday, March through June and September through November. This is the one day a month the sanctuary is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the chimpanzees in their natural environment. They will even be able to play along with Science and Reading, Earth Day, and Vacation and Beach day themes. The haven also hosts an event called “Chimp Chat & Chew”, where visitors pay a fee to get a behind-the-scenes tour, lunch and presentation by a staff member. Find out more about upcoming Discovery Days.
This year, guests may notice a new face or two when they visit. On February 14, workers discovered a tiny new addition to the troupe. Flora, a 29-year-old former research chimp, unexpectedly gave birth to a female baby chimpanzee. While all of the male chimps are vasectomized, “sometimes life finds a way,” says Dr. Linda Brent, president and director of the sanctuary. This isn’t the first time staff members at the haven have had a surprise delivery. Five years ago, another unsuccessful vasectomy resulted in the first unexpected birth for Chimp Haven. Events like these have gained the sanctuary national recognition on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Chimp Haven is The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, in Eddie D. Jones National Park in Keithville. The haven is the permanent home to chimpanzees who have lived their lives in medical research, entertainment industry or as domestic pets. To learn more about Chimp Haven, Inc. and Chimpanzee Discovery Days visit www.chimphaven.org.
Check out our blog and see what's happening in Shreveport-Bossier
Shreveport-Bossier’s new blog, 20X49.com, is all about the events, food, places and culture that keep visitors coming back for more. Get the scoop on new restaurants, local attractions and exciting events "where Shreveport-Bossier intersects with everywhere." Louisiana Cookin' Magazine had this to say about 20X49: "Shreveport-Bossier is booming with new authentic ethnic eateries and family-owned restaurants, and the CVB has launched a new food, art, and culture blog to help share them … the site is full of restaurant reviews and local food news."
BODIES REVEALED, Ah Science!
If you’re unfamiliar with BODIES REVEALED the exhibition, get ready for a speedy anatomy and chemistry lesson. Don’t worry … there’s no pop quiz later. BODIES REVEALED is an exhibition of actual human body specimens that have been, for a lack of a better word dissected and preserved through a Polymer preservation process. This process allows the tissue to be permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber, therefore providing a real life display of skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and circulatory systems presented in glorious and tasteful fashion. Ah Science!
If all of that sounds boring, ridiculously academic or intimidating, let this put you at ease. Anyone who has a body will find this incredibly interesting, enlightening, fascinating and maybe even shocking. This exhibit will call Sci-port: Louisiana's Science Center home from now until May 21, so make plans to visit soon.
Find ticket information, as well as Sci-port’s hours of operation here, and let Sci-port know what you think of BODIES REVEALED.
A wine tasting weekend extravaganza offers more than a taste of vino
An entire weekend is devoted to wine-lovers’ bliss as CORK, Shreveport-Bossier’s premier wine- tasting event takes over Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, March 31, from 2 until 5 pm. This year, participants can take advantage of a number of activities throughout the weekend including a dinner, a seminar and the event itself.
At Saturday’s headline event, enjoy tasting more than 80 wines from around the world provided by local restaurants and distributors. CORK will also feature samples of dishes from 2Johns Steak & Seafood, Bella Fresca, Bistro To Go, Columbia Café, Good Eats, Fresco, The Market, Texas Street Steakhouse, The Vintage Steakhouse, Windrush Grill, and Zocolo. While sipping and tasting, attendees will be serenaded by the music of local performer, Chris McCaa.
Get a complete wine list and ticket information here.