We’re Open!

We’re open for the 2015 season and we’re off to a great start!

Some of our visitors were in for a surprise on Saturday, April 18. One of our giraffes, Dottie, gave birth to a male calf. Unfortunately, Dottie wouldn’t allow the calf, named Timber, to feed. We transported him to Tufts as a safety measure to avoid any potential health issues. It’s very important that a baby giraffe feeds shortly after birth. The mother produces a special type of milk, called colostrum, that is crucial for building the baby’s immune system. Timber had to be fed cow colostrum at Tufts, and so far he is doing well! He will be returning to the zoo soon. He will be bottle fed, and once he’s a little bigger he will be reintroduced in with the other giraffes.

We have a few events coming up in May:

  • EARTH Members can look forward to the first Member Appreciation After-Hours on May 2. The zoo will be open for members only from 6-8pm (food venues, gift shops, and rides will be closed). Members may bring a guest for a fee of $15.00 per adult and $10.00 per child.
  • We’re extending our Mother’s Day offer to 2 days this year. Moms who visit the zoo on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 will receive half priced general admission.
  • Military Family Day will be on Saturday, May 23. Active service people receive free general admission. Dependents of active service people receive half priced general admission. Veterans receive half priced general admission. ID or proof of service required.
  • AAA Day will be held on Saturday, May 30. AAA members get to pay child’s price for general admission purchased at the zoo that day. *Must have current AAA card for discount.

 

We’re Opening April 11!

IMG_3862We’re all hard at work preparing for opening day on April 11! After a long winter, zoo fans can finally look forward to visiting may of their favorites such as the lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, and cheetahs.

Due to the difficult winter and current weather, we are going to have limited operations at the zoo the first week. Certain food and retail venues will not be open the first weekend, and the skyfari will not be open until April 18. Some animals (including certain monkeys and birds) may need to stay indoors until the weather warms up, however anyone who purchases general admission at the zoo the opening week (April 11-17) will have their receipt stamped for another visit before June 30, 2015.*

*This offer cannot be applied to visitors using free passes, EARTH Memebrships, or Family Fun Paks. It DOES  still apply if you purchased general admission ahead of time online.

 

This is a big year for us at Southwick’s, as it is the zoo’s 50th anniversary! We are planning on having a number of special events throught out the season. Visitors this season will notice construction going on within the zoo. We are currently in the process of building a brand new restaurant! It’s going to be an exciting season, so be sure to visit the zoo this year!

Happy Birthday Tanzie!

Our youngest chimpanzee, Tanzie, turned 6 years old last week on March 6th. We waited celebrated her big day yesterday since it was finally sunny out!

Last year we made paper mache balloons and gift boxes stuffed with assorted treats. This year our zookeepers surprised Tanzie, and the other chimps as well, with snowmen decorated with a  variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Enrichment such as this is an important aspect of caring for animals in captivity. It helps to keep them active both mentally and physically. It also encourages natural behaviors such as foraging in this case. Enrichment is not only beneficial to our animals, but our zookeepers enjoy it as well! It gives them the opportunity to get creative and have some fun.

Check out the photos below to see our staff building the snowmen and the chimps having a blast searching for treats!

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Help us celebrate 50 years!

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We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year! Help us relive 50 years of zoo memories by sharing your favorite zoo photos from over the years. We plan on posting them here on our website as well as Facebook, videos, and other media.

Click here to learn more and submit your own photos!

Winter Photos

We hope everyone’s year is off to a good start. Winters are busy here at the zoo and we have some great things in store for 2015.

The most frequent question we get this time of year is”Where do your animals go in the winter?” They actually all stay here at the zoo. We have a number of heated buildings so the animals stay warm and comfortable all winter long. Some of our animals, however, actually enjoy the snow and cold weather. Here are a few Winter photos from this winter so far.

 

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Happy Holidays from the Zookeepers

Enrichment is an important aspect of caring for animals in captivity. This keeps animals happy and healthy by encouraging natural behaviors and providing mental and physical stimulation. Enrichment can be provided in a variety of ways including: the design of the habitat, novel smells (this past year we discovered that our rhinos are very into cologne), food and foraging activities, and objects for the animal to interact with. Our zookeepers provide an array of enrichment year round. Around the holidays we like to get creative, so below are a few examples of how our animals enjoyed their own holiday festivities this year!

Pickles is an African crested porcupines who is often used for EARTH‘s education programs. Our staff made him a Christmas tree with some very tasty ornaments. His tree was adorned with fruits and veggies as well as popcorn, cranberry, and bamboo garland.

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Our avian team made sure the birds didn’t miss out on the holiday festivities!

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Our primate keepers gave the chimpanzees Santa hats to play with. Hilarity ensured naturally. Check out the short video of Tanzie with her Santa hat…she mostly figured it out.

 

12 Days of Christmas

There are only a few short weeks until Christmas! Our gift shop, the Purple Peacock, is open daily from 10am-4pm , so come get some holiday shopping done! We have a very unique assortment of gifts available in addition to zoo souvenirs. We have imported items, jewelry, tons of plush, alpaca wools sweaters, and much much more.

We also have the our annual 12 Days of Christmas sale coming up! Check out the calendar below for sale dates!

 

 

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Cyber Monday – Half Off Zoo Tickets Online

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Purchase your zoo tickets online and save some cash on December 1st! Our popular Cyber Monday offer is back again this year, and we’re offering 50% off general admission and combo tickets (admission + unlimited mechanical rides) for 2015 purchased online.

Click HERE to buy tickets online.

*This offer is only available for tickets purchased online. It only applies to general and combo admission. It does not apply towards Fun Paks or EARTH Memberships.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas at the Purple Peacock

The zoo’s main grounds are closed for the season, our gift shop, the Purple Peacock, remains open daily (excluding Thanksgiving) up until Christmas. The Purple Peacock offers a wide selection of unique gifts, so stop by to do some holiday shopping!

The gift shop’s 12 Days of Christmas starts on Saturday December 13! Each day from 12/13-12/24 we’ll have a different sale. Check out the calendar below for more info!

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