Babies are being born here at Southwick’s Zoo! Vervet Monkeys were born on December 29, 2009 and Jan 6, 2010. Baby African Crested Porcupines were born on Jan 6, 2010, a Debrazza Monkey born November 15, 2009. We’re still keeping a close watch on Patsy our Dromedary Camel….she is due to give birth this winter! The Cats loved the last snowfall! Some of our friends have asked us what we do with the alligator and tortoises in the winter? We bring them indoors to the winter quarters housing for the animals that do not have proper indoor/outdoor enclosures. The alligator enters a state of dormancy, kind of like a hibernation during the winter! Here are some pictures of our recent babies!
Wow! We sure were busy this summer and the animals are doing great adjusting to the winter months. The Big Cats enjoy the brisk weather and the falling leaves. We’ve had a few babies born recently. We’ve had to hand raise an African Crested Porcupine that was born on Sept 8th and twin Patagonian Cavies born Oct. 14th. We weren’t sure if the Cavies were going to make it, but under the steadfast dedication of Rowland Gravel and the Southwick’s Zoo & Earth Discovery Center’s team, they are now thriving! We’d like to thank the volunteers from Uxbridge School District for helping rake and make animal enrichment activites! Pictures: African Crested Porcupine, with children’s author Valarie Giogas, and a baby Patagonian Cavy.
The Tigers are really loving their Wading Pool in this hot weather! The girls can be seen swimming or lounging by the waterfall/pool on the hot days! Tigers are one of the few cats who love water! Dan, our Hoofstock/Big Cats/ Reptile keeper reports that our Reticulated Python (longest snake in the world) has reached a length of over 13 feet! Here are some pictures taken of the reticulated python last week….isn’t she beautiful!
The last few weeks have been really exciting here at the zoo, the babies are coming out more and are getting used to the people. The primates are really social and love interacting with the visitors. The big cats are loving the attention the humans provide and can be seen stalking and watching the visitors with keen interest. The mommy chimp and baby have been out in their exhibit a lot lately due to the warm weather, such a sight to see…especially from the SkyFari sky ride! We’d like to thank all of you who have dropped off donations or sent us donations through amazon.com….it is greatly appreciated! Thanks Again!
Here are some pictures we’ve taken from the zookeepers eye…aoudad famlily, chimp baby, & gibbon.