como Town Gazette - JUNE 2013

Gorilla Forest Grand opening

FeatureComo Park Zoo and Conservatory announced that June 6, 2013 is the official opening for Gorilla Forest. This $11 million exhibit redesign and overhaul will feature seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como Zoo, and the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America. The Gorilla Forest construction includes the addition of a major outdoor exhibit and significant improvements and expansions to the existing indoor facilities. All changes to the exhibit exceed the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for holding, exhibiting and managing great apes. The 13,000 square foot outdoor space, almost three times larger than the previous space, was designed to give the gorillas ample room to play, climb, forage and display their extraordinary family and social dynamics to the public while minimizing stress on the gorillas and creating up close and personal views of the gorillas for visitors.

Craft Project - Picture Puzzle

Ages School-Age with Parent Help

  • 6 (1 1/2-inch) wooden cubes
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Rubber band
  • Thin black marker
  • 2 photos (3x5 or 4x6)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Letter stickers (optional)

3. Apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each photo and cut along the tracing lines. Peel off the adhesive's backing and adhere one photo to the top of the cubes and one to the bottom (since it's a bit tricky, it's a parent's job). Picture Puzzle: Step 3

4. Divide the photos by cutting along the edges of the cubes with the X-Acto knife (another job for a parent). Add letter stickers if desired.

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Great Gift Idea!

This six-piece desktop decoration showcases family photos on two sides when it's assembled and doubles as a brainteaser when Dad needs a distraction.


1. Paint the sides of each cube, leaving the top and bottom bare. Picture Puzzle: Step 2

2. When they're dry, arrange them in a rectangle, unpainted sides up, and wrap a rubber band around them to hold them together. Using the marker, trace the rectangle onto the picture side of each photo, making sure everyone's faces fit within the rectangle.

Como Shuttle

Parking Headache? Ride the Como Shuttle for hours and directions visit this website.


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