Zookeeper Report

Watusi

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!

Zookeeper Report…Happy Mother’s Day!

Tanzie hanging on her MoM!

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!

Zookeeper Report

Male Lion Cub showing female “Who’s Boss”

The Lion Cubs are getting really big and they are definitely showing their predator instincts.  Although they are adorable and amazingly beautiful, they are “wild”  and dangerous animals.  Safety is our number one priority in caring for these animals and it is a Zookeeper’s job to never underestimate an animal and to observe and learn from their behavior.  In this picture, our little male lion was reacting to his sister trying to steal a toy.  Notice the teeth (yowza), eyes, and claws…they are definitely not babies anymore.  They can be incredibly fast and unpredictable at this stage as they are learning, exploring and growing.  They have been on a meat diet for some time (beef & venison) and they are only 3 months old!