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!
This past summer we welcomed a baby Watusi to our family. Watusi, also called Ankole Cattle, are native to Africa. Their horns can reach up to 8 feet and some males can weigh up to 1600 lbs! This means that we have to be very careful when feeding and cleaning with these beautiful creatures. We especially have to be careful when momma Watusi has a new calf. Watusi cattle are very protective of their young and in the wild you will find most calves in the middle of the herd. Adults defend the herd by using their impressive horns and “stare” down tactics against intruders…and it can be very intimidating! Momma Watusi right now is especially protective of her baby and will show signs of agitation if people get too close to her calf. The calf is a little adventurous and momma is always right there for protection. We ask that you please stand back when the calf is close to the front of the exhibit, this is for your protection and momma’s peace of mind!
We are proud to announce that the Brazilian Tapir Exhibit is now open! We have a male and female tapir. The male is a little larger and darker in color. The female is a reddish brown and smaller in stature. They are just starting to explore their new home!
Giraffe Encounters are an amazing way to view, learn about and give a special treat to these wonderful animals. Encounters are WEEKENDS (SAT & SUN) ONLY and are on a first come, first serve basis. Giraffe encounters cannot be reserved and must be purchased at the main admissions entrance upon arrival. They are in limited supply and sell out quickly, so come early! Times are 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm and cost $10.00 per person!