Holiday Gift Ideas for the Animal or Pet Lover in Your Life

December is almost here and you know what that means… the holiday season is in swing. The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it is  time to begin holiday shopping! [Read more...]

The Simplicity of Creating Family Time

In today’s society, there’s no escaping technology.

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

We’re Looking for PUMPKINS for our Zoo Boo Days.  Pumpkin donations are greatly appreciated and our animals love them!  You can donate at the main entrance and please leave your name and address for a Thank You!

Taj enjoying her Pumpkin!

The Best Places for a Homeschool Field Trip

Some of the most memorable times in a child’s school life can be a memorable field trip. [Read more...]

Great Ideas for a First Date

The first date is always the most nerve wracking of all dates because it is your chance to make a stunning impression on your date. [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know About Hiking with Children

Discovering new creatures, learning about plants, and spending quality time together… it should come as no surprise that hiking with children can be an adventure for the whole family. [Read more...]

Hands-On Learning: Bring the Zoo To You With Zoomobile

The traditional classroom setting with little hands-on learning activities has become a barrier for most students.

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The Best Time to Visit a Zoo

While there’s no bad time to visit a Zoo, there are certain times, believe it or not, when it is better to go to the Zoo than others. [Read more...]

Gearing up for Zoo Opening…Zookeeper report!

There is a lot of activity at the zoo this week.  We are opening on Saturday and it takes a zoo wide effort to make sure we are ready.  As Zookeepers, it is our job to see to all the animal habitats, transfer animals from their winter quarters to their summer habitats while documenting and adjusting to their physical, behavioral, and social needs.  Enrichment activities continue and we are always looking for some new ideas..we’d be happy to hear your enrichment suggestions. Some of our new animals have started to arrive and we are very excited.  The Brazilian tapirs have arrived and they are currently adjusting to their new home. We are not sure if they will be on exhibit right away…we’ll keep you posted.  Brazilian Tapirs are native to South America and a distant relative to the rhinocerous!  They are very good at diving and swimming.  They live along the water and will occasionally run into the water to evade predators. They can grow to 550 lbs and to around 6 feet in length!  Here at Southwick’s Zoo the capybaras and tapirs will be co-existing in an exhibit like in their native habitat!  Here is a sneak peek!

Southwick's Zoo welcomes Brazilian Tapirs.

Tapir's are here...sneak peek!