Happy Valentine’s Day! When working with animals, there are definitely times when “Love is in the Air” around here! We are proud of our successful breeding programs here at the zoo and for those who do not breed, successful companion relationships. The picture above is of our Watusi (Ankole Cattle) native to Africa. As you can see they handle the winter very well! The male is larger in weight and stature, but the female has longer horns. This pair had a very beautiful calf born last summer and many of our guests were able to witness the amazing birth. As many of you know, we recently had a few babies born like Daisy the giraffe and a pair of African Crested Porcupines. We’ve also had a llama born and a Debrazza guenon. As zookeepers we are very lucky to be able to witness these exciting events and to care for these wonderful animals…and we are expecting a few more babies before we open! Again, THANK YOU for sharing our love for animals on this cold, snowy Valentine’s Day! We are looking for some towels, boomer balls and blankets as donations for the animals!
Fall is mating season for many of the animals here at the zoo. The Sika Deer and the Elk are some of the animals with the loudest vocals during mating or rut season. The elk have a series of loud vocalizations to attract the females and to show the other males who is boss. The males will spar with other males using their antlers which is an amazing sight to see. The males will eventually shed their antlers later this fall. You can see the elk when taking the Woodland Express Train ride. We have quite a few elk and we have some young elk with their mothers. Don’t worry if you hear a loud pitch scream type of sound, that is just the bugling of the elk!
Tanzania or Tanzie for short is a very active and rambunctious adolescent. Many times she is the ruler of the chimps as all the adults seem succumb to her whims; some might call her “fresh” :-). She has mommy, daddy and Auntie Jingles looking after her and of course keeping her entertained. We do help them by providing daily enrichment for all the chimpanzees. Many of our visitors have asked us “what is that in their habitat”…well we are constantly providing all forms of enrichment for them to explore, play with and destroy! A lot of times there will be treats inside the enrichment where you will see them use tools to forage them out. Tanzie is very active and you can see her swinging from the tree, doing flips and somersaults in the grass, climbing, spinning and jumping all over…even on top of the other chimps. We think her chimp family adores and spoils her! Of course, we do too!
Many of our visitors have been asking how the animals do in this extreme heat. Actually, they handle the heat much better than humans! Just like with humans we have to keep a closer eye on baby & senior animals and make sure all the animals have plenty of water. The zoo is situated under some really tall oak trees and the shade has kept all of us very comfortable. We took this picture yesterday of the Muntjac deer reaching for some leaves. Muntjac deer, also called barking deer, are native to South East Asia are a very small species of deer (less than 2 ft tall and under 40lbs) and are the reported as the oldest deer species appearing 15 – 35 million years ago! Our little family of Muntjac deer are located right next to the zebra cafe and are one of the first animals you will see as you enter the zoo!
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Since Mother’s Day is this weekend we wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to our friends and family. We are amazed each day by our animal moms and surrogate moms here at the zoo. Tabitha is an amazing MOM to Tanzie….even when Tanzie does not leave her alone! Auntie Jingles is also a great mom to Tanzie. On Mother’s Day, our moms will get a special treat! We have a lot of new babies here at the zoo including monkeys, aoudads, goats, kangaroos, sheep and so many more to come too! We are asking for large cat boomer balls www.boomerballs.com for our lion cubs as a donation if anyone would like to make a donation to the animals! Thank You!
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We thought it would be great to share a picture of our Bengal tigers, Kya and Taj at play. Kya and Taj are sisters and came to us as cubs from World Wildlife Zoo in Phoenix, AZ! As you can see they have adapted to our New England weather and enjoy playtime out in the snow. Like many animals, they love fresh snow and can be seen pouncing on each other during playtime!
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