The Skyfari Sky Ride will be closed today, Thursday April 24, due to high winds. We apologize for the inconvenience!
You can support both environmental education and local artists at this upcoming event. On May 17, 10am-5pm Artful Events and EARTH Ltd are holding an Artisan Faire here at Southwick’s Zoo. Browse one of a kind jewelry, artwork, pottery, and much more. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts! There will also be a raffle table with items donated by the participating crafters.
There is still some time for interested artists to apply a spot at the event. Click HERE to learn more. The deadline to submit an entry is April 30.
The Faire will be held in the large white tent outside of Southwick’s Zoo. Admission to the zoo is not necessary to enter the Artisan Faire and there is also no fee to enter the tent.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards EARTH Ltd. If you aren’t aware of this non-profit you should check them out! They provide Southwick’s Zoo with a number of educational programs such as ZooMobiles and Junior Zookeeping. Next time you are in the zoo stop by the EARTH Discovey Center to catch a live animal presentation and learn more about EARTH!
We’d like to thank everyone who visited the zoo for our opening weekend! We were concerned about the weather, but it ended up sunny and warm. All of our visitors were eager to see our new giraffe calves. Unfortunately, Daisy and Rocket remained in the barn, but our latest addition, Max, ventured out into the sunshine along with the adults. We think our 2014 season is off to a great start!
It looks like it may rain this weekend, so some of our animals, such as certain monkeys and the baby giraffes, may have to remain inside for their health and safety. Don’t worry though if you already planned on coming this weekend! For this reason, visitors to the zoo April 12 and 13 will have their receipt stamped so they can visit again for free any day up until June 30. This offer is ONLY valid for paid admission and cannot be used for free passes, memberships, or Family Fun Paks.
Regardless of the weather, we are excited to be open again!
Please note that Giraffe Encounters and Shows will begin in MAY (tba)
It has been a busy off season here at the zoo with the birth of 3 giraffes!
Daisy was born 1/11/14, Rocket born 2/19/14 and Maximus “Max” born 4/3/14! All the calves are doing very well and are growing big and strong. Hopefully we will be able to let the calves out into the outer yard for opening, but we do have to be careful of the weather and make sure it is nice and warm for their safety!
Reminder: Giraffe Encounters will begin in MAY (weekends only)
Max born 4/3/14
April 12 is coming up soon! We are all very busy preparing for our opening weekend and excited for our visitors. This has been a long cold winter and we are hoping it will be warm and sunny opening weekend. We have to reach warmer temperatures before we can move certain animals, such as the monkeys, outside.
Just a notice that certain locations in the zoo will not be operating on opening day:
- Parakeet Landing Gift Shop will not be open until April 19
- Parakeet Aviary may be closed weekdays (tba)
- The Mining Sluice will not be open until April 19. From April 19 – Mother’s Day it will only be operating on the weekends, EXCEPT for School Vacation week during which it will be open daily.
- Jungle Hut will not be open until Mother’s Day
- Show Stopper , Swirls & Scoops will not be open until Mother’s Day
- Photo Memories, Giraffe Encounters and Shows will be Opening in MAY
Something our visitors can look forward to is seeing our lions L.J. and Levanna in the larger habitat! They aren’t quite cubs anymore, and now they have much more room!
Today we celebrated Molly the giraffe’s 5th birthday! She’s a favorite here at the zoo, so we made her a special birthday cake made of bananas, carrots, sweet potato, and romaine lettuce. As you can tell by the photos, she very much enjoyed it. It’s hard to believe just how big she has gotten since 2009!
Meet Rocket! He was born February 19, 2014 around 5:00 in the morning and is our second baby giraffe this year. We’re calling him Rocket because he shot right up on his feet after birth and was walking around! He is a bit smaller than Daisy was at birth, but he is a sturdy little calf and we expect him to grow tall and strong. His mother is Mazey and his father is Midas. Rocket is the younger brother of our well known giraffe Molly. Just a heads up, Molly’s birthday is next week and we have a pretty cool surprise for her!
Alex & Ani Weybosset in Providence, RI recently held a Charmed by Charity event for EARTH Ltd. in their store. 15% of the sales that evening went to EARTH! We brought along two of our kangaroos: Addie, an adult female we use for our education programs, and Rufus, a male joey our staff is currently caring for! EARTH Ltd. is an environmental education nonprofit that provides us with educational programs here at Southwick’s Zoo. These include junior zookeeping, Wild Adventure Summer Programs, internships, ZooMobiles, and more! This organization does a lot for us and our visitors, so we offer a year of free admission to members of EARTH Ltd. We definitely suggest looking into becoming an EARTH member and supporting such a good cause!
Here are a few photos from the Alex & Ani event.