On Saturday January 11, 2014 we welcomed an amazing little female giraffe “Daisy” to the Southwick’s Zoo family. However, right off our veterinarian realized that Daisy needed some immediate attention. Her mother Dotty was not taking an interest in the 150 lb, 6 foot baby and she was getting lethargic and weak. He made the decision to take her to the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she would get the specialized care she needed. The first few days were very touch and go as she had a low white blood cell count and fighting an infection. We are happy to report that each day she is getting stronger and hopefully will be back with us soon.
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!
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!