Born more than a century ago as a purely local attraction, The San Diego Zoo has metamorphosed over the decades into a world-famous center dedicated to conservation and ending extinction.Yet as the zoo has expanded its ambitions, it has also had to adapt its public outreach and messaging to reach a more diffuse, fragmented audience that in today’s Internet era has a limited attention span.When a new 10-part TV series showcasing the zoo and its keepers debuts Aug. 10 on Animal Planet, San Diego Zoo leaders are hoping it will mark a pivotal step toward reaching the very audience it depends upon for its continued growth — and mission. It’s called simply, “The Zoo: San Diego.”Given the proliferation of online media and other diversions, it’s harder than ever to get the public’s attention, says Rick Schwartz, a zoo spokesman and “ambassador.” Long gone are the days when someone like conservationist Joan Embery could captivate a nation … [Read more...] about In 2019, can the San Diego Zoo make new fans out of TV viewers?
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Starting Aug. 10, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park will come to Animal Planet for a new series on the zoo’s animals and their stories.Not only the animals, but the keepers who care for them will be featured in the 10-episode series, “The Zoo: San Diego.” It will be accessible to 350 million people in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet says.While telling the stories, Animal Planet also offers behind-the-scenes access to the zoo’s veterinary facilities and the tactics keepers use to get the animals’ cooperation in their own care.The zoo spent some months last year discussing the opportunity with Animal Planet, said San Diego Zoo Global ambassador Rick Schwartz. The zoo wanted to make sure the program accurately portrayed what it does, he said. “We wanted to make sure the stories are appropriate and not sensationalized in a reality TV sort of way,” Schwartz said.Agreement was reached by the end of 2018, he said. Filming … [Read more...] about Animal Planet show about San Diego Zoo debuts Aug. 10
Koby Levin Chalkbeat Detroit Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 16, 2019 Cindy Lester calmly sat down on the child-sized couch with the 4-year-old who had been careening around her classroom all morning. He’d just flipped an empty soup bowl onto his head. “You have a lot going on inside you today,” she said. “What’s going on? Are you tired?” To a lot of teachers, a high-spirited boy like this one might seem like a problem — the sort of child who might spend preschool in timeouts, then graduate to the elementary school principal’s office. He might fall behind academically, his curiosity and creativity putting him at odds with classroom rules. But Lester is determined to create a different future for this child and his classmates at Children of the Rising Sun Empowerment Center in Detroit. She devotes herself to that mission 10 hours a day, masterfully defusing tantrums, tying and retying shoelaces, and coaxing a roomful of 4-year-olds … [Read more...] about Child care workers face long days and poverty wages
Francis X. Donnelly The Detroit News Published 10:30 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 Kingsley — Jamie Pobuda went to tell her granddaughter school had been canceled because of the icy weather. But Shea wasn't in bed. She was sitting against the closet door. Pobuda thought the 14-year-old had fallen asleep while talking to a friend on the phone. But Shea wasn't asleep. She was dead. She had killed herself. The February suicide was all the more shocking because it wasn’t the only one in this northern Michigan village. Three times in eight months, a teen had died by their own hand. The grief was compounded when a former high school football coach was charged with stealing money from a sports club and a popular principal was arrested for allegedly groping students. How much heartbreak could one small town endure? “It was just blow after blow after blow,” said Lauri Bach, a social science teacher who taught two of the suicide victims. “It was surreal. There was … [Read more...] about Three teen suicides fill small town with heartbreak
After receiving three out of four blessings from the remaining contestants’ fathers on their respective hometown dates, Colton received his biggest rejection of the season in Portugal. It happened! Colton finally jumped the fence. But let’s backup and set the scene. Before departing for Portugal for the epic fantasy suites episode, our virgin Bachelor and show host Chris Harrison have a little chat. Just like kids sitting on their stoop after a game of stickball, Colton and Chris discuss what every middle-aged man and reality TV star talk about; his virginity.Colton reminds Chris he is a virgin, which Chris is clearly over talking about (and same with the rest of America) but Colton reassures him if the moment is right, he’ll be ready (queue the Cialis commercial). What’s most alarming with this little chitchat is that Chris very clearly had an earpiece in. For a show that claims it’s not scripted, this makes you think.In case you got lost in the Colton … [Read more...] about The Bachelor Recap: Season 23, Ep. 9