Where do our animals go in the winter?

The temperature is getting cooler and we’re approaching the close of the zoo season. The questions we get most frequently this time of year is “Where do your animals go in the winter?”

The answer? No, they don’t get sent down south, they stay right here in Mendon, MA.

All of our animals stay on the zoo grounds through the winter. We have a number of heated buildings so they stay warm and comfortable. Our birds and much of our primates were moved to a large heated building, while some of our animals, such as the lions and tigers, have heated enclosures as part of their normal habitats. Some of our animals even have the option of going outside during the winter.

We frequently see the camels, yaks, and even the big cats outside during the winter. It isn’t uncommon to see the tigers playing out in the snow.

Happy Birthday L.J. and Levanna!

On October 17 our lions, Leroy Jr (L.J. for short)  and Levanna turned 2 years old! We celebrated their birthday on Saturday October 18 by giving them carved pumpkins filled with meat. Check out the photos below to see them play with their birthday treats! If you couldn’t make it to the zoo on Saturday to see them get their pumpkins, they will be getting pumpkins, as well as the tigers, for Zoo Boo Days on Sunday October 26 at 1-2pm.

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Kids priced 10/15-10/31

Everyone receives child priced general admission October 15-31

We have a pretty exciting offer starting tomorrow! From October 15th until October 31st, we are offering child priced ($17) general admission to everyone!* zooboo mandrill

This is one of our favorite times of year. Many of the animals are more active now that its cooler and the Fall foliage is lovely, so come visit the zoo! We are open daily 10am-5pm until October 31st.

We also have some fun events coming up! Our lions, Levanna and L.J., turn two years old on Friday October 17. On Saturday October 18 we will be giving them birthday pumpkins. Then October 20-26 are Zoo Boo Days! Don’t miss our week of Halloween fun!

*This offer is only available for admission purchased at the zoo and not tickets bought online.

*Child priced admission for adults cannot be combined with other discounts and offers.

L.J. and Levanna are turning two!

Join us at Southwick’s Zoo on October 18th at 1:00pm to celebrate L.J. and Levanna’s second birthday!

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Birthday pumpkins from 2013.

Our lion siblings, L.J. and Levanna, are turning two years old this month!We are celebrating by giving them a special pumpkin treat! Similar to last year, we are going to carve two pumpkins and fill them with meat. We are giving them their pumpkins on Saturday October 18th at 1:00pm. Their actual birthday is October 17th, but more people will be able to join the fun on Saturday.

 

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Hard to believe they were once this tiny!

They were born in 2012 and quickly became popular with both zoo visitors and zoo staff. Their mother did not bond with them, this happens on occasion with animals in captivity, so they were raised by the staff here at Southwick’s Zoo. They’ve grown quite a lot over the past two years, and L.J. has started to roar!

If you are looking for something to do Saturday October 18th, then come to the zoo and say Happy Birthday to our lions and watch them play with their birthday treats!

The lions will also be given pumpkins on Saturday October 25th as part of our Zoo Boo Days.

We have a new arrival!

Meet the latest addition to Southwick’s Zoo! Just last night, October 2,  our female Grevy’s zebra gave birth! The mother is being very protective and attentive.  At the moment we don’t know if it is male or female, but so far the foal is looking well and is up and walking. This is the first zebra born here in many years, so we are all very excited!

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Pumpkin Donations

Zoo Boo Days

Pumpkin Donations

It’s nearly time for our annual Zoo Boo Days! From October 20-26 the zoo will be decorated for Halloween. Kids under 12 years of age in costume also receive free general admission and can trick or treat in the zoo.

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From October 15-26 we will be accepting pumpkin donations. We’re looking for pumpkins and squash of all sizes. We need jumbo pumpkins for the big cats and tiny pumpkins for our smaller animals. If you bring a pumpkin (uncarved and undecorated please) to donate you will receive $2 off general admission per pumpkin!
*One discount per person

 

 

zooboo mandrillThe pumpkins will be used as Halloween themed animal enrichment. During Zoo Boo Days we give certain animals pumpkins and cornstalk as special treats. Enrichment is very important to animals in zoos because it helps keep them stimulated physically and mentally. When you visit the zoo you may see assorted other enrichment items including toys, special treats, etc. in with the animals.

Check back soon for a schedule to show when different animals will be getting their pumpkins. It’s always fun to watch the animals play and eat their special treats!

Fall News and Updates

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Summer is nearly over, but we still have some great events coming up here at the zoo!

  • Sunday, September 14th is Rhode Island & Connecticut Day
    Rhode Island and Connecticut residents are eligible for Buy One Get One Free general admission tickets. This offer is only available here at the zoo, and not online. Valid ID is required. One free admission per ID.
  • Friday. September 19th is the 9th Annual EARTH Bash 4pm-10pm
    This is EARTH Ltd’s annual fundraiser hosted at Southwick’s Zoo. Tickets are on sale now and include: jeep tours of the zoo, an open bar, food (there’s going to be some pretty impressive things to try this year!), live and silent auctions, and live music! Note: this event is 21+ only.IMG_8021
  • Sunday, September 21st is New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine Day
    New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine residents are eligible for Buy One Get One Free general admission tickets. This offer is only available here at the zoo, and not online. Valid ID is required. One free admission per ID.
  • October 20 starts ZooBoo Days
    This is an entire week of Halloween fun! Kids 3-12 wearing costumes get free admission this week and can trick or treat in the zoo! Certain animals receive pumpkins and corn stalks. Check back in October for a list of animal and pumpkin days.

 

After Labor Day weekend we will begin our Fall schedule for shows, rides, and Parakeet Landing. Sorry, Pony Rides are closed weekdays in Sept/Oct. Camel Rides Close 2:30 weekdays.