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!
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.
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
The 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!
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.
- 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.
We recently had a very special visitor here at Southwick’s Zoo. The Make-a-Wish Foundation contacted us about a little girl named Clara who loves elephants and wished to be a zookeeper for a day. Of course we wanted to do whatever we could to create a memorable day for Clara and her family.
They arrived to the zoo in a limousine and met up with Betsey and one of our zookeepers/education coordinators, Sarah. The weather was perfect and sunny, and the day was off to a great start!
A kangaroo encounter was first on Sarah’s list of zookeeper activities. Clara, her younger brother, and her parents go to get up close to our resident mob of red kangaroos including Rufus the joey.
Clara also got to meet a number of our other animals such as our sloths, Aldabra tortoises, and giraffes!
The highlight of the day was riding the visiting elephants Tai and Rosie! Clara even received her own t-shirt painted by one the elephants.
After exploring the zoo some more, we decided to take a break for lunch. Clara was surprised by an amazing cake donated by Hannafords!
After lunch we took Clara for a second elephant ride, and then headed to the train station for a relaxing ride on the Woodland Express. Clara ended her zoo adventure by taking a spin on the carousel.
We couldn’t be happier with how the day progressed. We feel honored that we were able to make this wonderful little girl’s wish come true. If you would like to help other kids reach their dreams, please visit the Make a Wish Foundation Massachusetts and Rhode Island website to see how you can contribute.
I’m sure all of you are aware of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to build awareness of and raise funds for the ALS Association. Southwick’s Zoo was recently challenged and of course we didn’t back down. We received a little help from visiting Indian elephants, Tai and Rosie. Check out our video, and some great photos, below!
We’d like to thank everyone that attended Lions, Tigers, and Beers Friday night and everyone who made it to the zoo despite less than desirable weather on Saturday for EARTH Awareness. Now it’s time to start getting ready for our largest event here at Southwick’s Zoo. This is of course 9th Annual EARTH Bash! The zoo will be open to explore during the event and up at the main tent there will be cocktails, food, live music, and live and silent auctions!
This is your chance to party for a good cause! This year’s EARTH Bash will be held on Friday, September 19th from 4pm-10pm. Proceeds from this event go towards EARTH Ltd. EARTH is a nonprofit that in a way serves as the zoo’s education department. They run a number of educational programs such as Wild Adventure Summer Programs, ZooMobiles, and Junior Zookeeping. They also train docents and interns that work here at Southwick’s Zoo.
You need to be 21+ to attend EARTH Bash. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased HERE at EARTH’s website.
Lions + Tigers + Beers = a pretty amazing Summer evening.
EARTH Ltd‘s popular fundraiser is back for a second year! Join us on August 1st 5pm-8pm for Lion, Tigers, and Beers for a beer tasting here at Southwick’s Zoo. You’ll be able to walk around the zoo then head up to the event tent to try a variety of beers, ciders, and wine! Event admission also includes food (snack type foods such as chips, nachos, and hotdogs) andnon-alcoholic beverages.
Participating breweries include:
- Foolproof Brewing
- Downeast Cider House
- Magic Hat
- Big Elm Brewing
- Kretschmann Brewing Company
- Westfield River Brewing Company
- IV Sages
- Naked Grape
Last year we sold out right before the start of Lions, Tigers, and Beers so we suggest stopping by or calling the EARTH Discovery Center at: 1-800-258-9182 ext 208 to reserve your spots on the guest list. You can pay using credit card over the phone or when you check in the night of the event. Prices are $25 for EARTH Members and $35 for nonmembers. Remember, this event is 21+ ONLY and ID is required for entry.
Who loves baby animals?
Join us Sunday July 20 at Southwick’s Zoo for our annual ZooBabies Day! This is the day where we highlight all of the season’s new arrivals. If you follow us on facebook you probably know we had A LOT of babies this year including giraffes, kangaroos, porcupines, piglets, and many goats. Our volunteers will have tables set up throughout the zoo for our visitors to learn more about baby animals and there will be special activities. ZooBabies Day is included with normal admission rates and is a day long event.
We have some great events coming up in July! First we are holding are first ever Rhino Week July 6-12. We are taking an entire week to celebrate rhinos and promote conservation efforts. During the day we are going to provide the rhinos with special enrichment items.
We’re also going to have two after-hours events during this week. On Thursday July 10 we have an EARTH Member Appreciation after-hours with a presentation by Bill Konstant from the IRF. On Friday July 11 we are having another after hours event called “Winos for Rhinos“. This 21+ event will feature a presentation about rhino conservation from Bill Konstant and a wine tasting from Zoll Cellars and The Naked Grape. Click HERE to learn more about these two events and Rhino Week.
Also in relation to Rhino Week, we are currently holding a “Save the Rhinos” poster contest! We are inviting our artistic fans to design and create posters about rhinoceros conservation. Winners receive 2 free general admission passes and their poster will be displayed inside of the EARTH Discovery Center here at Southwick’s Zoo. This contest is open to all age groups and the deadline to enter is July 12. Click HERE for rules and how to enter.
Sunday July 20 is the always popular ZooBabies Day! We will be highlighting all of this year’s births. If you’ve been following us on facebook then you know how many we’ve had this year including giraffes, a sloth, tapir, goats, pot bellied pigs, and more! This event is 10am-5pm and is included with normal zoo admission.