Giraffes, Giraffes, Giraffes

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)

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Rocket was born February 19, 2014

Max born 4/3/14


Happy 5th Birthday Molly!

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!


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We Have a New Arrival Here at Southwick’s Zoo!

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!
Rocket was born February 19, 2014 Rocket was born February 19, 2014

Rocket was born February 19, 2014 Rocket was born February 19, 2014

Charmed by Charity Event

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.

Alex & Ani Weybosset store in Providence, RI.

Alex & Ani Weybosset store in Providence, RI.

Addie enjoyed some attention at the Alex & Ani fundraiser.


Tim feeding Rufus the red kangaroo joey.

Tim feeding Rufus the red kangaroo joey.

Rufus at the Alex & Ani fundraiser.

Rufus at the Alex & Ani fundraiser.

Baby Giraffe Born at Southwick’s Zoo

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.



Zoo is Closed but will Open on April 12, 2014

We may be Closed for the Season and will reopen on April 12, 2014, but we are currently booking field trips, zoomobiles and birthday parties for 2014.

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A Sad day for us….


Thank you Cindy, Kathy, Paul & All Docents!

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!