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DNREC Opens Brandywine Zoo Madagascar ExhibitDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Secretary of State Bullock Sends Diwali Greetings and Well WishesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Deadline Set For Applying To DE Relief Grant ProgramDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC Issues Croda NOV for Air Quality Permit ViolationsDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Joins the ALL-IN Foster Adoption ChallengeDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Public Health Officials Confirm First Flu Case of the 2020-2021 SeasonDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC to Break Ground on Killens Pond Elevated WalkwayDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Veterans Day 2020Date Posted: November 10, 2020
More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily DebrisDate Posted: November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 10, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Collect Toys as Holiday Gifts for Delaware ChildrenDate Posted: November 10, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 9, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 6, 2020: Delaware Sees Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Since Height of PandemicDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint VentureDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Reminder: FY 2022 Budget Hearings To Be Held Virtually Nov 9 – 20Date Posted: November 6, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Second Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Nominations to Key Administration PostsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Some Southern Delaware, Maryland Beaches Cleared of Oily Debris, Tar BallsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Del. Museums Sponsor Three Virtual-Programs During NovemberDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Delaware Emitirá Beneficios de Emergencia Para Octubre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on passing of Elaine and Wayne ManloveDate Posted: November 3, 2020
November 03, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Child and Adult Care Food Program offers meal reimbursementDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Unified Command for Delaware Coastal Oil Spill Assesses Cleanup Effort and Smaller Remaining Tar Balls on BeachesDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing Sites Date Posted: November 1, 2020
Enrollment Open For Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: November 1, 2020
URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!Date Posted: October 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 30, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period 30 Days for Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container PortDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Announce Coordination on COVID-19 Testing GuidanceDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for October to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in NovemberDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Kent County added to Delaware’s spotted lanternfly quarantineDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Virtual Halloween Costume ContestDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Cleanup Operation Extends from Upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City, Md.Date Posted: October 28, 2020
OMB to Hold FY 2022 Online Budget Hearings November 9 -20Date Posted: October 28, 2020
Expanded eligibility and increased funding for hardest-hit industries now part of DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing RoadwaysDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Antes de las elecciones, la Fiscal General Jennings les recuerda a los votantes de sus derechos y responsabilidades.Date Posted: October 27, 2020
Ahead of Election Day, Attorney General Jennings reminds voters of rights and responsibilitiesDate Posted: October 27, 2020
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive YearDate Posted: October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 26, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Early Childhood Education UpdatesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
DOJ secures Manafort and Gates-connected entity dissolutionsDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled DebrisDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Compassionate Champion Award RecipientsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Attorney General Jennings’ statement on Purdue Pharma plea agreementDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Revenue Announces Decrease in HSCA RateDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – October 23, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Public Comment Open, Transcript and Presentation Available on Proposed Plastic Bag Ban RegulationsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Bay Coastline Intensifies Today With Additional Resources DeployedDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Deadline for Second Round of TIIF Grant Application ApproachingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall FishingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Unified Command, Incident Command Post Established for Oil Cleanup Efforts on Delaware ShoreDate Posted: October 21, 2020
COVID Alert DE Surpasses 50,000 Downloads of AppDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Health Care Relief Fund Date Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean Up Oil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern BeachesDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020Date Posted: October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Emergency Response Working to Control Oil Spill That Washed Ashore at Broadkill BeachDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Deadline Extended until October 25 for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardsDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Delaware Announces Grant Program for Contract Poultry Growers Impacted by COVID-19Date Posted: October 19, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 ElectionDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update Oct. 16, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: October 16, 2020
DSHA Celebrates Grand Opening of Splash Laundromat, Presents DDD Rebate CheckDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of DE Relief Small Business Program to $150MDate Posted: October 15, 2020
GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown TeenagerDate Posted: October 15, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro Partner for a Fraud Town HallDate Posted: October 14, 2020
“Civil War Band of Brothers” virtual program from The Old State House on Oct. 22, 2020Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Beebe Healthcare Partners with Lewes Public Library, Delaware Libraries to Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Red Clay’s Kimberly Stock named 2021 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Overdose Medication Distribution Planned For Smyrna WednesdayDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Gov. Carney: Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, DE NAACP Agreement Makes Significant Investment in DE SchoolsDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Update to Lower and Higher Authority Appeals DeadlinesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
October 13, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Delaware Cancer Mortality Rates Decrease Between 2002-2006 & 2012-2016; Improvements Among Specific Races, EthnicitiesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Learn about the History of Disability  in the Delaware Disability History and Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Kent/Sussex 911 restored for AT&T customersDate Posted: October 11, 2020
AT&T 911 cell outage in Kent & Sussex CountiesDate Posted: October 11, 2020
Nominations Open for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Oct. 18Date Posted: October 10, 2020

Cutting the ribbon, left to right: State Senator Sarah McBride, former State Senator Harris McDowell, Delaware Zoological Society President Arlene Reppa, DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Governor John Carney and Brandywine Zoo Director Brint Spencer. DNREC photo.

View Endangered Lemurs, Tortoises
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control cut the ribbon on its new Madagascar exhibit Nov. 19, and officially welcomed its new tortoise and lemur inhabitants. This new exhibit is home to radiated tortoises and three species of lemurs. The public will be able to visit the habitat starting Friday, Nov. 20.
Governor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin hosted a small group for a first look at the newcomers as they interacted in the exhibit, along with several who are still in quarantine. The event was also live streamed for the public and zoo fans on the Delaware State Parks YouTube page.
“I grew up coming to the Brandywine Zoo and it has come a long way since then. I am thrilled we were able to revive this habitat space as one of many upgrades in DNREC’s Wilmington parks,” said Governor Carney. “As one of few zoos managed by a State Park system, we are proud of the work the staff does here and grateful for those who brought this habitat to life.”
The animals include three radiated tortoises, four Ring-tailed lemurs from the Bronx Zoo, two Black and White Ruffed lemurs from the Duke Lemur Center; and one male and one female Crowned lemur from the Duke Lemur Center, who came as a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
“We are thrilled to welcome these animals to their new home and unveil this beautiful space to the public,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Not only will the Madagascar exhibit provide a safe habitat for the animals, it will also provide an enriching environment where our visitors can learn about how humans can reduce our impacts to endangered species such as these.”
The Madagascar exhibit is part of the Brandywine Zoo’s recently approved master plan and is the largest capital improvement in the zoo’s history. The master plan focuses on improved animal welfare and guest experiences, species of conservation concern and the inclusion of more mixed-species exhibits.
At nearly 4,000 square feet, the Madagascar exhibit is one of the zoo’s largest display habitats. It includes interactive features and information about conservation concerns in Madagascar. The project took approximately 10 months to complete and cost $3.5 million, funded by the State Bond Bill with a matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. Since 1967, the LCWF has provided nearly 200 grants totaling almost $40 million dollars for projects in Delaware, including 73 grants to the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation alone.
As part of the Crowned lemur survival plan, a male and a female will be paired for breeding at the zoo; just 30 of the species exist in the Americas, 18 males and 12 females. Brandywine Zoo will become the 12th location on the entire North American continent where Crowned lemurs can be viewed by the public.
The Madagascar animals will be in their habitat for public viewing when temperatures are above 45 degrees. Because they are native to a subtropical climate, the animals will be brought inside the Brandywine Zoo’s new holding area once temperatures fall below 45 degrees.
In efforts to support social distancing, the Brandywine Zoo is offering three timed sessions each day. Zoo admission is $7 for adults and $5 kids (3 and older); admission is free for zoo members children ages 3 and younger. All visitors must register online at https://brandywinezoo.org. Masks must be worn by all guests ages 5 and older, and are strongly encouraged for children older than 2.
About DNRECThe Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contact: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov; Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov
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Related Topics:  Brandywine Zoo, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Governor John Carney, madagascar exhibit, outdoor and recreation, Ribbon cutting

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Cutting the ribbon, left to right: State Senator Sarah McBride, former State Senator Harris McDowell, Delaware Zoological Society President Arlene Reppa, DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Governor John Carney and Brandywine Zoo Director Brint Spencer. DNREC photo.

View Endangered Lemurs, Tortoises
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control cut the ribbon on its new Madagascar exhibit Nov. 19, and officially welcomed its new tortoise and lemur inhabitants. This new exhibit is home to radiated tortoises and three species of lemurs. The public will be able to visit the habitat starting Friday, Nov. 20.
Governor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin hosted a small group for a first look at the newcomers as they interacted in the exhibit, along with several who are still in quarantine. The event was also live streamed for the public and zoo fans on the Delaware State Parks YouTube page.
“I grew up coming to the Brandywine Zoo and it has come a long way since then. I am thrilled we were able to revive this habitat space as one of many upgrades in DNREC’s Wilmington parks,” said Governor Carney. “As one of few zoos managed by a State Park system, we are proud of the work the staff does here and grateful for those who brought this habitat to life.”
The animals include three radiated tortoises, four Ring-tailed lemurs from the Bronx Zoo, two Black and White Ruffed lemurs from the Duke Lemur Center; and one male and one female Crowned lemur from the Duke Lemur Center, who came as a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
“We are thrilled to welcome these animals to their new home and unveil this beautiful space to the public,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Not only will the Madagascar exhibit provide a safe habitat for the animals, it will also provide an enriching environment where our visitors can learn about how humans can reduce our impacts to endangered species such as these.”
The Madagascar exhibit is part of the Brandywine Zoo’s recently approved master plan and is the largest capital improvement in the zoo’s history. The master plan focuses on improved animal welfare and guest experiences, species of conservation concern and the inclusion of more mixed-species exhibits.
At nearly 4,000 square feet, the Madagascar exhibit is one of the zoo’s largest display habitats. It includes interactive features and information about conservation concerns in Madagascar. The project took approximately 10 months to complete and cost $3.5 million, funded by the State Bond Bill with a matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. Since 1967, the LCWF has provided nearly 200 grants totaling almost $40 million dollars for projects in Delaware, including 73 grants to the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation alone.
As part of the Crowned lemur survival plan, a male and a female will be paired for breeding at the zoo; just 30 of the species exist in the Americas, 18 males and 12 females. Brandywine Zoo will become the 12th location on the entire North American continent where Crowned lemurs can be viewed by the public.
The Madagascar animals will be in their habitat for public viewing when temperatures are above 45 degrees. Because they are native to a subtropical climate, the animals will be brought inside the Brandywine Zoo’s new holding area once temperatures fall below 45 degrees.
In efforts to support social distancing, the Brandywine Zoo is offering three timed sessions each day. Zoo admission is $7 for adults and $5 kids (3 and older); admission is free for zoo members children ages 3 and younger. All visitors must register online at https://brandywinezoo.org. Masks must be worn by all guests ages 5 and older, and are strongly encouraged for children older than 2.
About DNRECThe Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contact: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov; Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov
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Related Topics:  Brandywine Zoo, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Governor John Carney, madagascar exhibit, outdoor and recreation, Ribbon cutting

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
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