Saturday, August 29, 2015

ode to my mentor



 
A mentor,
A guide,
A trainer,
A friend,
A person to help you get better and stronger,
to help you achieve your goal,
without them we are lost,
unable to progress,
as i came in
new to the game
lagging behind the rest,
but my mentor stood beside me
until i could catch up with the rest
My mentor was always there
even when i couldn't keep up with the rest,

Mentors are like the light
illuminating the path to take,
without them we are in the dark
cold and alone,
mentors are our friends
sticking with us until the ends,
mentors are our salvation
leading to victory and success,
mentors are like the rays of the sun
shining down on us with knowledge and experience,
mentors are the people who watch over us
and wish only for our success,


The same is with me,
my mentor guided me and taught me how to play,
he showed me the ropes and tricks of the game,
so i may have fun with my friends,
without him i would be lost,
wandering in the dark.
 
 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Larry Friedman International Center


The Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship (LFICE) is the hub for entrepreneurial activity on the JWU Providence campus. The e-Center brings together entrepreneurial studies, experiential opportunities, alumni mentors, venture funding and the small business support services to transform students into entrepreneurs and their ideas into commercial or social enterprises. The e-Center coordinates activities with both undergraduate and graduate programs and encourages cross-functional learning opportunities by teams of students from diverse academic disciplines and experiences. The e-Center also serves as a bridge to local, national and international businesses, chambers of commerce, business groups and government agencies such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Friday, August 7, 2015

Memphia Zoo, Tennesse

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Memphis Zoo
Entrance gate at the Memphis Zoo
Date opened April 1906
Location Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Coordinates 35.1500°N 89.9943°WCoordinates: 35.1500°N 89.9943°W
Land area 76 acres (31 ha)
Number of animals 3,500
Number of species 500
Memberships AZA[1]
Major exhibits 19 spread across 3 zones
Website www.memphiszoo.org 
The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years. The land currently designated to the Memphis Zoo was defined by the Overton Park master plan in 1988, it is owned by the City of Memphis. The zoo is set on 76 acres (31 ha), of which approximately 55 acres (22 ha) are developed.
In 2008, the Memphis Zoo was ranked "#1 Zoo in the U.S." by TripAdvisor.com. The ranking was based on visitor opinions.[2]
Since the early 1990s, the Memphis Zoo has invested over $77 million for renovation and expansion. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Teton Trek, Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le[3]
The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

 

Exhibits

The zoo hosts modern exhibits that mimic the animals' natural habitats, such as Once Upon A Farm, Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Dragon's Lair, Animals of the Night, Tropical Bird House, Herpetarium, Aquarium, African Veldt, China, Northwest Passage, and Teton Trek. Viewing all the exhibits requires a walk of about 2 miles (3.2 km). Operating seasonally, trams provide visitors with guided tours of exhibits for a small daily fee; the trams are also useful for shuttling visitors between distant exhibits. Other attractions at the Zoo include a carousel, an area with rides, a miniature train offering a scenic view of the Once Upon A Farm exhibit, and several theme-oriented gift shops and eateries; many of these amenities operate seasonally.[12] A children's playground is located next to the Cat House Cafe, and several family picnic areas are maintained beneath groves of mature trees. An ice skating rink is operated seasonally at the Zoo; the tented rink has an area of 5,400 square feet for skating. Camel rides and giraffe feeding are offered from March to October 2012 for a fee.
The zoo is divided into three zones that showcase a total of 19 different exhibits.
Young grizzly bears in Teton Trek with Great Lodge in background

East zone

Teton Trek

The 4-acre (1.6 ha) exhibit,[13] which opened October 2009, brings hallmark features of the Yellowstone National Park to the Memphis Zoo.[14][15] The name "Teton" refers to Grand Teton National Park. Teton Trek begins with a 25-foot (7.6 m) replica of the Old Faithful Geyser[13] and a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) replica of the Old Faithful Inn called the Great Lodge, where interpretive information is presented in an interactive format.[13] The exhibit is home to some of the keystone species of the Yellowstone ecosystem: grizzly bears, elk, timberwolves, trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes.[13] The exhibit's trail provides visitors with an underwater look at the bears' fishing pond and a prominent overlook atop the 25-foot (7.6 m) replica of Yellowstone's Firehole Falls.[13]
A polar bear swimming in the Northwest Passage exhibit

Northwest Passage

Home to the zoo's polar bears, this $23 million exhibit opened on March 1, 2006,[16] and features an underwater viewing building, sea lion observation bubble and a 500-seat amphitheater for daily sea lion shows.[16] This exhibit's theme is a tribute to the First Nation culture in Canada's province British Columbia, animals that inhabit the Pacific Northwest, and its horticulture.[16] Messages of conservation inspired by Chief Seattle, a famous Native American chief, are sprinkled throughout the exhibit.[16] Six hand-carved totem poles that stand throughout the area received a Native American blessing ceremony when they arrived at the zoo.[16] The Northwest Passage is also home to the zoo's American bald eagles, black bears, and white-necked ravens.[16]
A giraffe walks along the backside of its exhibit in the African Veldt.
African Veldt
African elephants and giraffe are joined by zebras, Grant's gazelle, white rhinoceros and ostriches in this area.[16] The zoo's African cranes, bontebok, lechwe and scimitar oryx also live here.[16] The zoo finished enlarging the elephant exhibit in 2006; it now features a pool that allows elephants to submerse and bathe.
Crocodile Cove
Nile crocodiles are featured in this exhibit, which provides a deep pool for swimming and a shoreline for basking.[17] Visitors often have to look hard to find these stealthy reptiles, despite their large size. Now replaced by the "Denizens of the Deep South" exhibit featuring alligator snapping turtles, largemouth bass and more, crocodiles are expected to return to the Zoo in 2015 alongside baboons, Okapi, and Hippopotami in "Zambezi River Hippo Camp."
World of Waterfowl
In this exhibit, two wooden bridges take visitors through a wetland. It is home to around 30 Chilean flamingos and a variety of other waterfowl.[18]
Birds and Bees
This exhibit opened in May 2009. It features an up-close look at two honey bee hives. Displays inside the exhibit explain what makes bees special and the role they play in agriculture. The indoor bee exhibit leads to an outdoor aviary that features approximately 500 budgies, commonly known as parakeets. In addition to viewing these colorful birds, visitors can feed them using millet seed-heads attached to sticks that are available for a small fee.
A panda at the Memphis Zoo enjoying the sun.
The Chinese tower at the Memphis Zoo

Central zone

China
Opened in April 2003,[19] this $16 million exhibit is a zoogeographical area the Memphis Zoo constructed after it became one of only four U.S. zoos to exhibit the giant panda. Other animals showcased in this effort to preserve Chinese species include Asian small-clawed otters, Père David's deer, white-cheeked gibbons, Francois' langurs, and an assortment of colorful birds (see list).[19]
Primate Canyon
This exhibit was opened in 1995[19] and features naturalistic, outdoor exhibit areas for Western lowland gorillas, Sumatran orangutans and siamang gibbons. Other animals in the area are Lion-tailed macaques, Mona monkeys, Sulawesi macaques, Eastern black-and-white colobus,[19] and savanna baboons.
"Fred" the African Lion keeps a watchful lookout.
Commercial Appeal Cat Country
This 3-acre (1.2 ha),[19] open-air exhibit houses African lions, cheetahs, Reeve's muntjac, leopards, meerkats, caracals, capybaras, klipspringers, cougars, Sumatran tigers, Bengal tigers, crested screamers, jaguars, snow leopards, red pandas, and ocelots.[19] The zoo employed cultural architecture native to the land of the species on exhibit (for example, temple ruins surround the Sumatran tiger exhibit).[19] The old Carnivora Building, where the cats used to live, was renovated to become the Memphis Zoo's primary restaurant - the Cat House Café.[19]
Hippos
A mother/daughter duo of hippos named "Julie" and "Splish" are showcased.[19]
A Bonobo investigates a visitor.
Bonobos
Six bonobos (including a baby bonobo born in 2005) live in this indoor/outdoor hybrid exhibit across from the China exhibit.[19] The bonobo is endangered, and is found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Animals of the Night
This exhibit reverses the daily cycle of nocturnal animals,[19] giving visitors the chance to see night-dwellers at their most active. The exhibit is developed around a central bat flyway which enables visitors to get a close-up view of the bats in flight or feeding. Also exhibited are a wide range of other species—from aardvark to wombat (see list).[18]
One of the Memphis Zoo's Komodo Dragons.

West zone

Dragon's Lair
This exhibit was specifically built for largest lizard in the world. The zoo's three dragons share a special exhibit with outdoor and indoor areas allowing them to stay warm during the cool winter months.[20] Keepers hold a feeding demonstration of the Komodo Dragons on Saturdays. Currently, a visiting Komodo Dragon from the St. Louis Zoo is visiting for breeding purposes (2013).
Tropical Bird House
A variety of colorful birds in outdoor enclosures can be seen by visitors at the entrance to the zoo's Tropical Bird House.[20] The building is home to exotic bird species from around the world (See list). The exhibit features a walk-through aviary which allows visitors close contact to a number of birds, especially during feeding time.
Aquarium
The Aquarium is one of the oldest exhibits at the Memphis Zoo and houses aquatic life from both fresh and salt water environments.[20] Some of the more notable animals include: Nile softshell turtles, Fly River turtles, mata mata turtles, Electric eels, Red bellied piranhas, and Archer fish (See list). The electric eel exhibit has a unique feature that converts the eel's electric pulses into a sound and visual display.
An African penguin.
Penguin Rock
Over 30 African penguins live across from the zoo's rides area at Penguin Rock.[20] American white pelicans are located nearby.[20]
Once Upon A Farm
This exhibit was built to resemble an early 1900s farm.[20] It is home to Caspian horses, domestic goats, prairie dogs, domestic chickens, miniature cows, guinea pigs, Pekin ducks and miniature donkeys.[20] In addition to farm animals, a vegetable garden, a cotton patch, and rows of corn provide visitors with some of the essential elements of a southern farm during the growing season.
Herpetarium
Located across from the Tropical Bird House, the herpetarium is home to the zoo's snakes, alligators, lizards, and frogs (see list). It includes the rare Louisiana pine snake in addition to some of the most venomous snakes in the world, including the green mamba[20] and Gaboon viper. In a seasonal exhibit, a simulated shallow pond provides favorable breeding habitat for the highly endangered Mississippi gopher frog; this exhibit also features a slide presentation describing the zoo’s participation in the frog’s recovery program.
Round Barn
The Round Barn is home to gerenuks,[20] which are known by their extremely long necks. Keepers encourage their foraging behavior by placing tall bamboo stems in their exhibit. This exhibit also houses Abyssinian ground-hornbills, warthogs, red river hogs, nyalas, yellow-backed duikers, dik diks, klipspringers, and dama gazelles.[18]

Landscaping

China Exhibit Interior.
Landscaping plays a key role in each of the Zoo's three zones, both within exhibits and along the interconnecting trails.[21] Water features, such as ponds, waterfalls, fountains, and streams, are dominant elements of the overall design, in addition to artificial rock formations which blend into the containment walls of the animals' enclosures. Other key elements of the landscaping are a diverse mix of trees, shrubs, and seasonal herbaceous plants.
Most of the larger trees are native species, which include sweetgum, sycamore, tulip poplar and a host of different oaks and hickories.[22] Common shrubs include colorful native species, such as American beautyberry, oakleaf hydrangea, southern bayberry, and witch hazel, plus numerous exotic shrubs selected for their individual merits. Some exhibits feature plants that support the exhibit's theme, such as the Chinese fringetrees and Chinese snowball viburnums in the China Exhibit and several species of western conifers, maples, and birches in the Northwest Passage and Teton Trek Exhibits.
Several gardens are maintained within the Zoo, where the plants are the featured items.[23] In addition, tropical plants are grown in several areas during summer months; species include banana plants, elephant ears, hibiscuses, and oleanders growing above a groundcover of coleus and ornamental sweet potato.

Events

The Memphis Zoo sponsors a wide variety of special events with the overall theme—Always Something To Do. These include: Horticultural Tours (periodic), Plant Sale (April), Zoo Boo with its Haunted Forest (October), Zoo Lights with over 1 million holiday lights, Santa, live reindeer, and magic show (November/December), Zoo Rendezvous (September), Zoo Snooze (periodic), and many more.[24] There are also a wide assortment of educational activities throughout the year for school-aged children.

The future

The Memphis Zoo has two major projects in their future plans with funding efforts currently underway.
  • Zambezi River Hippo Camp—This exhibit will feature animals common to the Zambezi River basin in eastern Africa—hippos, flamingos, Okapi, and Nile crocodiles. The hippo area will have a below-water viewing deck similar to that in the Northwest Passage Exhibit.[25] This new exhibit is being built where the World of Waterfowl and Meadow Amphitheater were located.
  • Chickasaw Bluffs—This low-impact nature trail will wind through 15 acres (6 ha) of the Old Forest Arboretum of Overton Park that are located within the Zoo's boundaries. Signs located along the trail will allow Zoo visitors to learn about native plants and animals and to gain an appreciation for the forest. Proposed educational messages include the important role that forests play in wildlife habitat, climate, and the cycling of water, oxygen, and carbon.[26]

Magazine

Exzoobrance is a bimonthly magazine published by the Memphis Zoological Society to keep patrons informed about zoo-related activities and information. Each edition includes a calendar of events, a description of special events, news about educational and conservation programs, information about the animals and their exhibits, and a kid’s activity page. Copies are archived online beginning in 2009.[27]

Incidents

On January 8, 2008, a stray dog entered the Memphis Zoo through a service door and leapt into the tiger exhibit before officials could apprehend it. Zoo staff distracted the tigers and the dog, although with various wounds, was able to walk out of the exhibit and survived.[28]