Come and meet our new Family! Two – toed sloths! Now on exhibit is a family of three who we are so excited about! They are located next to the chimpanzee habitat! Sloths are amazing creatures who do everything upside down!
YEAH, the Zoo will Open on April 13th!
Aren’t you excited? We Are!
This Grivet was born on January 15, 2013 and more babies are being born at Southwick’s Zoo all the time! We’ve recently had a Schmidt’s Guenon born on March 21, 2013 and a Ring Tailed Lemur on March 10th. Grivets are very active monkeys and moms are know to “share” their babies. Females will care for each other’s young, called allomothering. Here at Southwick’s Zoo, many times you will see siblings pull each other’s tail, jumping around, playing chase and of course, annoying their moms! They are such a fun and active group and we are happy to share them with you.
On December 21, 2012 twin marmosets were born here at the zoo! Right away mama had her hands full caring for her babies and this little one decided to be a rebel. We do not know the sexes as it will take a few more weeks before we can determine the sex. This little monkey decided to keep “wandering off” away from mama where he/she could not be properly cared for. To make sure the little monkey was getting the proper nutrition and care, staff had to intervene. Hopefully soon he/she will be back with mama…right now mama is doing great caring for the sibling! Marmoset monkeys are a very small monkey that only grow to weigh 8 – 9 OZ and are native to the Brazil area of South America.
African Lions born at Southwick’s Zoo ~ Oct 2012
A female and male are now a part of the Southwick’s Zoo family. The cubs are doing great and growing fast and we can’t wait to share them with our visitors during the 2013 season.
Primate Zookeeper Jess reported that a baby grivet monkey was born on September 27, 2012 and mom and baby are doing great. She is a young mother so she is very active and a good mom. She enjoyed the pumpkins from Zoo Boo days with the other grivets. They had a great time playing with and eating the pumpkins!
Mom and Baby enjoying the beautiful Fall Weather!
So lucky to get this snapshot to share with our friends!
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!
Karen Bailey enjoyed visiting the Chimpanzee Habitat; here is her submission of Tanzie, the baby chimp!