April 8, 2021 – National Empanada Day | National Zoo Lovers Day

Did You Know That Abraham Lincoln Donated Animals To The First Zoo In America?

Welcome to April 8, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate handy hot pies and original zoos. 

Anna: The name empanada comes from the Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Marlo: Hot pocket

Anna: No it’s not a hot pocket.  Empanadas are made by folding the dough or bread around a seasoned stuffing, which is then baked or fried. 

Marlo: Kinda like a hot pocket.

Anna: No. It’s more like a hand pie, with flaky crust and your choice of fillings…

Marlo: Like a hot pocket.

Anna: Ok Marlo, you win.

Marlo: (Pause) Hot pocket.

People have been fascinated by animals for centuries with the oldest public zoo opening in Vienna in 1752.  The Holy Roman Emperor himself traveled the globe in search of exotic animals that would be displayed there.  Here in the United States, the Central Park Zoo began as an accidental menagerie when a bear cub was left at the park in 1859. The bear attracted visitors and eventually more exotic animals turned up at Central Park. Eventually a formal zoo charter was granted in 1864 and even President Lincoln donated animals.  With about 2,400 zoos in the United State alone, lions and tigers and bears, oh my,  are practically in your own backyard.  On National Zoo Lovers Day, celebrate a trip around the animal kingdom in one easy stroll.  

 I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.


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