Wednesday, March 8

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Baby Asian Small Clawed Otters visit GMAZ Baby Asian Small Clawed Otters visit GMAZ

The Wildlife World Zoo-Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter facts:

  • The Asian small-clawed otter is found in southern and southeastern Asia
  • They use natural habitats of ponds and lakes, rivers and streams, coastal tide pools and estuaries, freshwater and mangrove swamps, and human habitats, especially rice fields.
  • Smallest of the otter species 5lbs-10lbs
  • related to skunks and weasels 
  • The only species to catch their prey with their paws and not their mouth 
  • only species to have partially webbed paws which gives them an excellent sense of touch and coordination
  • Otters have very dexterous front paws with opposable "thumbs" for grasping
  • Carnivorous. Invertebrates such as crabs, mollusks and snails comprise major food sources along with small fish and amphibians. Diet includes insects, birds and bird eggs, rodents, snakes and worms.
  • Monogamous
  • Together the monogamous pair digs a den along a bank or uses another animal's empty den. 
  • Gestation lasts 60 to 64 days and typically results in two or three young, but can be up to six young. 
  • Both parents care for the tiny pups which are born toothless and with eyes closed. 
  • Males provide food for nursing females. 
  • By 40 days, the pups' eyes open and by 60 days they actively swim. 
  • The pair usually produces two litters each year. They remain together for life with the female as dominant partner. 
  • Older offspring help raise the young and stay until one parent dies when the extended family disbands. 
  • Lives in extended family groups of eight to 12 individuals, but can include as few as four or as many as 30.
  • Parents teach pups to swim
  • is vulnerable due to habitat loss, hunting and pollution 
  • uses its vibrissae (whiskers) to detect vibrations in the water and to find its food
  • In the wild they live up to 10 years and they can live longer in captivity.

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website  

Local Love: Bike Barn

The Bike Barn has a long history of meeting the needs of bicyclists across the Valley, offering more than just standard service. 

The Bike Barn is celebrating 60 years of friendly service from a knowledgeable staff.  The shop started in 1957 as a humble Schwinn shop and in 1976 Frank Martin purchased it.  He expanded and remodeled it into the unique red barn structure that remains today.  Despite its humble beginnings and stripped down appearance, Martin would like people to know that the Bike Barn has all the components of a modern, high-tech cycling shop, offering a wide array of bikes and gear. Customers are drawn to the Bike Barn to find everything from mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, beach cruisers, electric bikes and kids bikes. 
For more information, visit: and Facebook:

Address:  4112 N 36th St Phoenix, AZ  85018 
Phone:  602-956-3870

New Butterfly Exhibit opens at Desert Botanical Garden

Butterflies are back and better than ever at the Desert Botanical Garden with its new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Exhibit located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new Exhibit will feature hundreds of live fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children, adults and tourists.

The Butterfly Pavilion will provide visitors an opportunity for up close interaction with butterflies while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of their lifecycles, and our conservation efforts to protect them.

For more information, visit: 

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480 941.1225

Open Daily 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.
7 A.M. for members Wed. & Sun.


At Pinspiration's camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project with a matching daily theme. 

Each day campers will learn about a famous artist and craft coordinating projects and explore art using a variety of art materials inspired by each artist. Artists include Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh.

Pinspiration is a DIY arts and crafts studio/wine bar/events space in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area located on High Street (City North). 

The studio removes DIY's common barriers to creativity and make it easy for every member of the community to unleash their inner artist and "try DIY.

Pinspiration's hip studio offers both open-ended and tutorial-let art experiences in a supportive, playful venue. Customers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular "pinned" social media projects and current craft trends. 

The venue includes a VIP party room, a full-service beer/wine bar, a crafting/project room and Arizona's first splatter room, inspired by Jackson Pollock. 

Please call ahead at 480-636-8010 or email before visiting so we can make sure your space is reserved for your group.

Visit their website at:

5410 E. High Street, Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85054

International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 8th is International Women's Day, and "A Day Without A Woman," i.e. an international, general women's strike! Wear red in solidarity if you can't participate, A rally will be at the Arizona State Capitol at noon: On the West side of 17th Ave. between Jefferson & Adams St. (1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix).

The event begins Wednesday at noon in front of the Capitol.
March 8th
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85007 

To learn about International Women's Day, visit:

Vaquita Project

There is a desperate effort to save a porpoise swimming in the Gulf of California. It is called “Vaquita." Experts believe there are only about 30 left swimming in the wild. Now keeping them in captivity may be the last resort to keeping their species alive.

IMATA (International Marine Trainer's Association) has set up up a gofundpage to raise the money needed to launch a bold and unprecedented rescue plan for a cetacean that lives in the northern most region of the Gulf of California.  

To donate visit:

For more information on IMATA (International Marine Trainer's Association), visit:


The show follows the fates of seven slaves trying to escape from a Georgia Plantation. This year, we finally meet Harriet Tubman. But what's great about Underground, and you'll see this with other projects, the use of hot popular music and creative editing are making history interesting and accessible to younger audiences. The season premier airs on WGN America today.

For more information on the cable series:

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