Zookeepers Michelle and Ruth Report

The snow can be a challenge for us zookeepers and for the animals!  Some absolutely love it, some don’t want to even go near it!  Enrichment Activities are very important during the winter where the animals may not get as much exercise as they would outside.  We’ve been doing all kinds of enrichment for the animals.  We’ve taken a run by Salvation Army to grab a lot of things for the animals to explore and discover.  We’ve made hay boxes stuffed with hidden “goodies”, usually special veggies!  We’ve used pvc pipes, clothing, cardboard boxes, water bottles filled with hidden items, and so much more.  We really appreicate everyone who has dropped off items for the animals, it really helps us during the winter!!  We’re always looking for enrichment ideas and donations!  You can contact us at primates@www.southwickszoo.com or for the cats and hoofed animals, zookeeper@www.southwickszoo.com if you have any questions!  We’ve taken these pictures last week, hope you enjoy them.

Primate Keeper Michelle reports

We’ve had a couple of monkeys born within the last 2 months, the babies and moms are doing great!  The Chimps and Mandrills love the snow!  Today was their first real taste of snow for the season, they like to come out and check it out then go back in where it is warm!! We’re looking for donations of blankets, towels, and sheets for the primates.  The chimps epecially love to walk around and wrap themselves in blankets! We’re also looking for a radio/cd player…they love music!  The hoofstock keepers are looking for a push broom, buckets, and feed pans from Nasco….we’ll take anything new or used! We’d like to thank everyone for their donations and holiday wishes for the animals, we have much to be thankful for!  Happy Holidays!

Zookeepers Report

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!

Zookeeper’s Report

The Zookeepers & Staff would like to thank everyone who donated to “Bowling for Rhinos”.  Southwick’s raised $1673.00 and combined with Franklin Park Zoo, $3700.00 was raised for this great cause!  Thanks Again!

Zookeeper’s Report

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.