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The Wildlife World Zoo: Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill Facts:

  • An Abyssinian hornbill's most obvious identifying feature is its large beak, topped with a bony prominence called a casque.
  • The casque is made of keratin that overlies bony support. The casque is multifunctional; it is used in recognizing the age, sex and species of the hornbill, amplifies vocalizations, and helps reinforce the beak. These vocal birds make a series of deep booming calls that announce their presence to other birds. The head is supported by strong neck muscles and strengthened by the fusion of the first two neck vertebrae, unique among birds.
  • The ground hornbill has very long eyelashes that protect its eyes from injury. The eyelashes are actually modified feathers.
  • Males sport blue and red coloration on their throats and blue around their eyes, while females only have blue on their eyes and throat. 
  • Long legs that help them forage. 
  • Males are normally slightly larger than females. 
  • While they are able to fly, Abyssinian ground hornbills prefer to run if threatened. They will, however, fly to catch prey or defend territory.
  • Similar in size to a wild turkey, Abyssinian hornbills are large birds about 40 inches long and weighing up to 8 to 11 pounds, with a 6-foot wing span
  • Found Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Primarily a terrestrial bird, Abyssinian ground hornbills live across the savanna, in grasslands and sub-desert scrub, as well as rocky areas. They have to have a tree in their habitat to nest.
  • Males and females have been observed singing together in duets.
  • Primarily carnivores, Abyssinian ground hornbills eat reptiles such as cobras, tortoises and lizards, as well as mammals like hares and mongooses, and insects and arachnids. Occasionally they will scavenge for carrion to supplement their diet, as well as consume seeds and fruit. 
  • They will travel up to seven miles each day in search of food, overtaking and consuming prey they encounter. These animals have been observed following ungulate herds and forest fires to feed on prey fleeing disturbances.
  • These animals are often seen in pairs in the wild
  • Abyssinian ground hornbills are monogamous animals, with males helping care for females and young during the incubation stage.  
  • Nests are constructed in the cavities of trees, with rock holes or synthetic cavities utilized when trees are unavailable. Males prepare the nest cavity by lining it with dry leaves; females will then lay one or two eggs over the course of five days. Incubation lasts 37 to 41 days, with the male providing food for the incubating female.
  • Incubation for Abyssinian ground hornbills begins with the first egg, so one hatchling will mature more quickly and grow faster than its nest mate. The second hatched chick will often die of starvation as its larger sibling prospers, with the stronger hornbill chick sometimes growing five times its first-hatched weight in its initial four days. Parents will protect and provide food for their offspring, which will remain with the pair for up to three years. Abyssinian ground hornbills breed about once every three years, with on average one chick surviving to adulthood every nine years.
  • Diurnal animals, these hornbills are awake and active during the day. They roost in trees at night.
  • Lifespan in human care is over 40 years, but is unknown in the wild.
  • Traditional African cultures saw ground hornbills as harbingers of rain. Killing them was thus taboo. Sadly, with the passing of such beliefs, these birds have become increasingly threatened.
  • Abyssinian ground hornbills are preyed on by large carnivores, such as leopards.

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:  

Downtown Mesa turns itself into an Outdoor Art Gallery

Downtown Mesa boast 36 sculptures and over 30 mural all in one square mile, featuring the work of local artists. You can book a tour or wander and around and discover them all by yourself.

Downtown Mesa's public art can be seen all throughout downtown. There are a series of murals on Macdonald we will see done by local artists during our Brew Fest in 2015 and also a series of "Lost Neon Sign" Murals in an alley off Main Street which were commissioned by the DMA, City of Mesa and NEDCO. Those murals depict "lost" neon and nostalgic neon signs from back in Mesa's history. Mesa was known for having a collection of businesses who used neon for their signage when Main Street was a main thoroughfare and actually the US 60. Few of these signs remain. Perhaps the most famous that does is the "Diving Lady". 
Downtown Mesa Association, The City of Mesa and NEDCO formed a task force for revitalizing Downtown Mesa through beautification projects, specifically projects that are unique, prototypes or experimental and temporary. This "Laboratory" has been responsible for many of the vibrant colors and art added to Downtown since light rail construction. 
Tours are self-guided with our brand-new directory which includes an Art Walk section. The brochure shows where each sculpture and mural is at along with pictures and artists. 

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Mesa Restaurant Hit with Yelp Users

Worth Takeaway was voted top 100 places to eat in the US by Yelp recently. This craft sandwich shop is a hit for its great food and local philosophy: 

For more information, visit:

Worth Takeaway
218 West Main Street Mesa, Arizona 85201 
Segment time: 9:55am
(480) 833-2180 

Serving Breakfast (all day), Lunch and Dinner
Monday - Saturday 8AM to 9:05PM
Sunday 8AM to 4:05PM

Local Love: Birdytell

At Birdytell, they hope to simplify thoughtful gifting so people can celebrate the special moments in one another lives in more meaningful. Thoughtfulness is an important component of the gifting experience at Birdytell. They hand-deliver gifts and give them to the recipient on your behalf. 

*Include a complimentary handwritten card with every gift box. 

*100% of our products are sourced from local artisans, makers, small businesses, bakeries and florists.

*Items are curated from artisans, bakeries, florists and small businesses in Arizona. 

* Gifts are hand-delivered or picked up at their studio in Downtown Scottsdale.

*Contact us via email for special requests, events or business gifts.

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4225 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale 85251

Hot Car Bill takes effect today

The hot car bill goes into effect today, allowing good samaritans to take action if they see a child or pet in a hot car.

Governor Doug Ducey has signed into law HB2494, a bill that aims to end hot-car deaths and allow Good Samaritans to take action without risk of civil liability if they rescue a child or a pet from a hot car.

The bill was sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh, a longtime animal-welfare advocate who drafted the legislation with the support of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona a group that includes the Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Humane Voters of Arizona. The Humane Society of the United States and local advocates are also in support of the legislation.

HB2494 Provisions:
A person who uses reasonable force to remove a child or domestic animal from a locked motor vehicle is not liable for damages in a civil action if they comply with the following conditions:
1.The rescuer has a good faith belief that the confined child or pet is in imminent danger of suffering physical injury or death unless they are removed from the vehicle.
2.The rescuer determines the car is locked or there is no reasonable manner in which the person can remove the child or pet.
3.Before entering the vehicle, the rescuer notifies the proper authorities (defined).
4.The rescuer does not use more force than is necessary under the circumstances to enter the vehicle.
5.The rescuer remains with the child or pet until the authorities arrive.

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Phoenix Kids get some basketball inspiration
Jesse LeBeau is an American actor, street ball player, and motivational speaker.

He grew up on a small island in Alaska that had no roads or stores. Every day he had to commute by small boat to get 'to town' for school. At a young age, he developed a love for sports, particularly basketball as the warm and well-lit gymnasium provided a great sanctuary from the often-inclement weather conditions.

Since moving to LA his basketball skills have helped get his foot in the door in the entertainment industry, landing starring roles in commercials for Kobe Bryant and with other NBA players such as Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin and Amare Stoudemire. Jesse made his movie debut in the Warner Brother's film Thunderstruck starring NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.

He has become a name in the world of street ball playing in nationally televised games on Fox Sports Net against the best players in world. Playing under the nickname 'Spin Cycle' he has had the opportunity to be coached by Matt Barnes Chauncey Billups and Dennis Rodman to name a few.

Working with kids and giving back to the community is very close to his heart. He puts on basketball camps for youth in rural parts of Alaska. Jesse's passion for inspiring and encouraging kids is something that drives him to excel. He aspires to create the largest platform he can allowing him to positively influence the lives of as many people (particularly the youth) as possible.

In his spare time, Jesse enjoys doing motivational speaking and writing about experiences in his own life with the hope to inspire others to follow their dreams.

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How to safely view the Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse will be a sight to see on Mon. August 21st, but if you don't view it safely that may be the last thing you see. You need proper eyewear or a special viewing device to see this celestial show safely.

  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Since Arizona is NOT in the path of totality, you must wear protective glasses at all times

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From classic concerts, to clever sayings. The latest looks include graphic tees

Fashion show featuring how to incorporate graphic tees into your daily wardrobe, found at the Scottsdale Quarter.

  •     Brand logos and witty sayings are flooding the marketplace on everything from t-shirts to sweatshirts to sweaters to sneakers. 
  •     Retro logos like GAP and Calvin Klein are all the rage, but there is always room for a clever quip on your outfit.
  •     The easiest way to incorporate the trend is by pairing it with denim, but there are so many more ways to spin it.

For more information, visit:

Scottsdale Quarter
15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 205 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 
(480) 270-8123

Glass Castle Movie

Tara reviews the movie, "Glass Castle."  The adaptation of Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, hits theaters August 11th, starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, and Academy Award Winner Brie Larsen.  

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AG on New Laws

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Largest ASU residence hall opens this week 

It's a dorm built for engineers! That's what ASU is calling its newest and largest residence hall, that opens this week as students begin moving back on campus. 

Tooker House is a state-of-the-art living and learning community built specifically for engineers of the Ira. A Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Engineering students moving into this new residence hall this week will live in a collaborative, technology-laden community. Tooker House, a "dorm built for engineers," is a seven-story, 1,600-person, co-ed residential community for undergraduate engineering students and features:

  •     On-site digital classrooms
  •     State-of-the-art makerspaces complete with 3D printers, laser cutters and soldering tools
  •     550-seat dining facility
  •     Bluetooth-enables laundry rooms (notifying students when clothes are dry)
  •     Advanced green building features

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has more than $100 million in research expenditures and is responsible for 96 patents and 17 startups in the last three years. With 20,000 enrolled students, it offers 39 graduate and 24 undergraduate degree programs.

For an online tour of the Tooker House, visit: