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!
Just as the zoo opened on June 26, 2013 our female Yak was in labor! Some of our very lucky visitors witnessed the birth of the Baby Yak…a very special experience! Momma and baby are doing great and are under our watch. Yaks are very hearty animals and the baby stood to nurse right away. In the heat that we have been experiencing we have taken special precautions with cooling down animals under our care and providing extra shade! It takes a lot of teamwork and diligence to make sure every animal is safe and comfortable in the heat….especially mommas and new babies! To be honest, animals do handle the heat much better than us humans!!! Stay hydrated and safe in the heat everyone…and if you are visiting the zoo; take advantage of our mist tents and drink plenty of water! We have a lot of shade in the park so we are very lucky!
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!
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.
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!