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!
The Zookeepers are pretty excited about the Animals & Pumpkins next week. This is the first season that we will be open when the zookeepers give pumpkins to the animals and we’re all curious about what the animals will do with them! The zookeepers are asking for some fall produce donations for the animals for enrichment activities. The zookeepers would like to thank everyone who have brought donations like blankets, toys, radios. etc. for the animals. Cornstalks were donated by Whittier Farms last week and given to some of the animals. The Mangabey monkeys ripped them apart, the capuchins played with them, some of the other animals tried to eat them…it was a great success! An African Crested Porcupine was born a couple of weeks ago and will spend some of his days at the Earth Discover Center when not with his foster family (momma porcupine wasn’t able to care for him). He is so cute!
All enrichment activities and food treats are approved by the veterinarian.