We are working hard getting the animals into their summer exhibits. The weather has been a little chilly so some of our birds and monkeys will have to stay inside for a little bit…but it is getting warmer each day so we are able to bring out more animals each day! The lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, chimpanzees, deer forest, kangaroos and so many more are already out! This picture of Kya our bengal tiger is catching a scent…hmm could it be our visitors perhaps? Come on down for a visit…the animals are waiting for you!
A zoo visit can be the perfect way to educate your toddler about the wonders of exotic animals while also allowing them to let off some of their seemingly endless energy. [Read more...]
This Grivet was born on January 15, 2013 and more babies are being born at Southwick’s Zoo all the time! We’ve recently had a Schmidt’s Guenon born on March 21, 2013 and a Ring Tailed Lemur on March 10th. Grivets are very active monkeys and moms are know to “share” their babies. Females will care for each other’s young, called allomothering. Here at Southwick’s Zoo, many times you will see siblings pull each other’s tail, jumping around, playing chase and of course, annoying their moms! They are such a fun and active group and we are happy to share them with you.
As spring begins to arrive, (however slowly) the sound of birds chirping at dawn can often be music to one’s ears. [Read more...]
Feeding time for the Eurasian Eagle Owl is always interesting ….and cool! We have a pair (male and female) owls. The female is larger than the male and more aggressive. She will swoop down and grab her prey from either on the ground or in the air before the male. The male is more shy and will wait to feed. The Eagle Owl is quite large and can swallow their prey whole since they cannot chew their food. They have a really neat digestive system that will regurgitate the remains of the prey after they get the nutrition from the food in the form of owl pellets. Owl Pellets have the fur and full bone remains of the prey. You can see some owl pellets in the Earth Discovery Center!
While the jury is still out as to the best way to help prevent endangered animals from going extinct, all are in agreement that something must be done. [Read more...]
Wild animals are a fascination not only to children, but to adults as well. [Read more...]
We thought it would be great to share a picture of our Bengal tigers, Kya and Taj at play. Kya and Taj are sisters and came to us as cubs from World Wildlife Zoo in Phoenix, AZ! As you can see they have adapted to our New England weather and enjoy playtime out in the snow. Like many animals, they love fresh snow and can be seen pouncing on each other during playtime!
We have to thank the grounds crew for keeping up with the snow! We received over 30″ of snow during a 2 day period and snow removal is always an issue when there is so much of it! Many of our animals who can go in and outdoors were seen out in the blizzard! The Yaks and the Camels especially didn’t wait for us to clear out in front of their indoor enclosures, they did it all by themselves. The lion took a venture outside once the sun came out and rolled about in the snow. All our animals did great during the storm, it’s the human folk that are still digging out. Happy Valentine’s Day!