Due to inclement weather, All Rides, Parakeet Landing, Mining Sluice and some retail/food outlets will be CLOSED today. Main zoo grounds, Zebra Cafe and Purple Peacock Gift shop will be OPEN 10 am – 5pm today.
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!
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
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.
On Saturday January 11, 2014 we welcomed an amazing little female giraffe “Daisy” to the Southwick’s Zoo family. However, right off our veterinarian realized that Daisy needed some immediate attention. Her mother Dotty was not taking an interest in the 150 lb, 6 foot baby and she was getting lethargic and weak. He made the decision to take her to the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she would get the specialized care she needed. The first few days were very touch and go as she had a low white blood cell count and fighting an infection. We are happy to report that each day she is getting stronger and hopefully will be back with us soon.
Southwick’s Zoo would like to THANK Cindy Wilson, Kathy Morgan, Paul Wilson and all the Zoo Docents for their hard work & dedication while sharing their valuable time with Southwick’s Zoo. They have provided a great service for Zoo Education and to Southwick’s Zoo and we appreciate all they have done this year. Great Job Everyone and Thank You!