Detroit Zoo To Exclusively Display Smithsonian Institution Exhibit

Birds of South Asia: History Vs. Mystery on Exhibit Until January

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning September 19, 2005, the Detroit Zoo will host Birds of South Asia: History Vs. Mystery, a fascinating art exhibit based on research performed for the most definitive field guide ever published on the winged wonders of the region. The Detroit Zoo has exclusive rights from the Smithsonian Institution to present the exhibit.

The exhibit delves into the Smithsonian Institution’s massive avian research project, Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide, led by Pamela C. Rasmussen, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Birds and Mammals at the Michigan State University Museum. It features 25 bookplates that preview the recently published guide. The presentation demonstrates the different vocalizations of various birds of the region and explains how these sounds help ornithologists determine species. Sonograms (also known as audiospectographs) show the pitch, pattern, rhythm and tempo of vocalizations — and let visitors create their own sounds! The exhibit also shows how researchers used specimen data to work out species’ distributions and seasonality as well as establish a historical record — in the process, uncovering and clarifying problems with misinformation, misidentification, and even fraud!

Birds of South Asia: History Vs. Mystery will be displayed at the Zoo’s Exhibit Hall of the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery until January 19, 2006. It is open during Zoo hours every day and is free with the purchase of Zoo admission.

The Detroit Zoological Institute is comprised of the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to celebrating and saving wildlife. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing areas. The Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak. Admission is $11.00 for adults 13 to 62; $9.00 for senior citizens 62 and older and $7.00 for students ages 2 to 12; and children under two are free. For more information call (248) 398-0900 or visit http://www.detroitzoo.org/ . The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is located on Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The Nature Zoo is currently under construction but some family programming takes place on the weekends with advance reservations by calling (313) 852-4056. The Detroit Zoological Society works to promote the general welfare and interests of the Detroit Zoological Institute. Financial support has allowed the Zoo to expand its animal collection, open new exhibits, and implement major beautification projects. To help the Detroit Zoological Society through financial support, partnership opportunities, membership, or volunteering, please call (248) 541-5717.

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