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China Day 2012

On February 2, 2012, over 1,000 students from 19 Minnesota elementary, middle and high schools participated in China Day held at the Minnesota Zoo. The Confucius Institute and the Minnesota Zoo coordinated this annual event for students studying Chinese. Students had the unique opportunity to practice language skills and learn interesting facts about zoo animals in Chinese.

The China Day keynote was given by Dr. Kathy Traylor-Holzer, a conservation biologist with the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group who has worked in China over the past 17 years in the conservation of giant pandas and South China tigers. Dr. Traylor-Holzer shared fascinating facts from her research and also highlighted the significance of learning a language such as Chinese.

Students received a “passport” to guide their tour around the zoo grounds where student-lead stations could be found. The student stations presented facts about specific animals including lemurs, Komodo dragons, red panda, snow monkeys, grizzly bears, sea otter, sharks and dolphins. In addition to these stations, participants could also take part in cultural activities and games such as calligraphy and card making. The zoo monorail also offered tours of the zoo narrated in Chinese.

Dr. Kathy Traylor-Holzer Students
Students Calligraphy